With the cancellation of all STAAR assessments for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, TEA has issued an Assessment Guidance document for districts/campuses. This document includes guidance on how to assist students who still need to pass one or more EOC assessments in order to graduate in 2019-2020, those who are currently enrolled in a course with a corresponding EOC who will need to have passed the EOC in order to graduate in the future, and those who are out of school but need to pass one or more EOCs to complete graduation requirements.
Students Graduating in 2019-2020
In order to qualify for any of the special EOC graduation considerations a student must have met all other graduation requirements.
If a student graduating in 2019-2020 is enrolled in a course with a corresponding EOC and receives credit for the course the EOC assessment graduation requirement is waived for the course. This includes students who are repeating the course due to not previously passing and those enrolled in 2020 summer courses who would normally test in June. If a student does not receive credit for the course, he/she will be required to pass the EOC in the future in order to graduate.
If a student is graduating in 2019-2020, needs to pass one or more EOCs in order to graduate, and is not enrolled in the corresponding course(s), then the student must complete the Individual Graduation Committee (IGC) process for each course in which the EOC was not passed. The student can complete the IGC process for as many courses as necessary. TEA has issued a Guidance on Individual Graduation Committees document for districts/campuses.
Former students who have not met assessment requirements for graduation
Any former student, regardless of which assessment program he/she is under, may complete the IGC process for any course for which the student has not passed the corresponding EOC. The IGC process may be competed for as many courses as necessary. The district/campus must determine that the student has met all other graduation requirements as well.
Non-graduating Students enrolled in Courses with an corresponding EOC
Students currently enrolled in grade 11 or below who are enrolled in a course with a corresponding EOC and receive credit for the course in 2019-2020 will have the EOC assessment graduation requirement for that EOC waived when they graduate. This includes students enrolled in a course for summer 2020 who would have taken the EOC in June 2020 and students who are repeating the course due to previously not passing. At this time, TEA does NOT have a process in place to track this waiver. Districts/campuses should develop their own process to track which students qualify for the waiver until a statewide process is in place.
Students enrolled in grade 11 and below who are not graduating in 2019-2020, have previously passed a course with a corresponding EOC but are not currently enrolled in the course, and have not met the EOC assessment graduation requirement for the course will have future opportunities to take the assessment (e.g. December 2020 STAAR administrations). These students do not qualify for any EOC considerations and must still meet all EOC assessment graduation requirements at the time of graduation.
STAAR Alternate 2
Any student scheduled to be administered the STAAR Alternate 2 during the spring 2020 administration window, the assessment requirement is waived. These students will not be required to take the specific assessment in the future and are not responsible for passing the assessment to fulfill future graduation requirements.
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Butch has worked with testing and accountability for 15 years at the campus, district, regional, and state levels. Originally from North Carolina, Butch is the State Assessment Specialist for the Education Service Center Region 13, helping district test coordinators and others navigate the world of STAAR and TELPAS testing. He is available to answer any of your state testing policy and procedure questions.