Georgetown ISD addresses STAAR and End-of-Course changes

Georgetown ISD formally addressed STAAR and End-of-Course exam changes March 26. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown ISD formally addressed STAAR and End-of-Course exam changes March 26. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown ISD formally addressed STAAR and End-of-Course exam changes March 26. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent said in a March 26 letter to parents that GISD would not be conducting state end-of-course exams. Here is what that means for your student.

STAAR Grades 3–8

All State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, exams scheduled for April, May and June have been canceled. The district will determine whether students in grades 5 and 8 should advance to the next grade based on the recommendations of students' teachers, students' grades in each subject and any other relevant academic information, according to the district's website.

STAAR End-of-Course

Most students have already completed courses with corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year.


If a student has not passed up to two of their requirements, they may graduate through an individual graduation committee process. For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019–20 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate are being waived, the website said.

The district will determine if a student has met all other requirements, including successfully completing curriculum requirements or successfully completing an individualized education program, for graduation, the website said.

STAAR Alternate 2

The administration of STAAR Alternate 2 is canceled. For all students receiving special education services, the admission, review and dismissal committee will continue to make educational decisions, including those related to required performance on academic assessments, the website said.

SAT/PSAT

College Board has canceled its May 2 exam.

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They will be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college, the website said.

The June 6 exam has not yet been canceled, but the board will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as the top priority, it said.

ACT

The April 4 ACT exam has been rescheduled for June 13.

For more information, visit the district's website at www.georgetownisd.org.

By Ali Linan
Ali Linan began covering Georgetown for Community Impact Newspaper in 2018. Her reporting focuses on education and Williamson County. Ali hails from El Paso and graduated from Syracuse University in 2017.


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