Gov. Greg Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 the requirements for STAAR testing would be waived. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 16 he waived State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness testing requirements for the 2019-20 school year as the coronavirus outbreak forces schools to close.

Willis ISD Director of Communications Jamie Fails said the decision of the governor is correct for the current "unprecedented times."


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This will allow districts to focus on providing our students and families with access to critical elements of the education system such as child nutrition services and a continuation of learning for our students," Fails said.

Representatives from Conroe and Montgomery ISDs have not responded to requests for statements from Community Impact Newspaper.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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