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Texas Governor Cancels STAAR Testing Due to The Coronavirus

Texas Governor Greg Abbot announced that he is waiving the STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year due to the Coronavirus.

If you aren’t familiar with STAAR testing it is short for “State Of Texas Assessments Of Academic Readiness”.

The series of tests cover reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Texas students are required to take the series of tests in the springtime of each school year from 3rd through 8th grade.

This morning Governor Greg Abbot announced in an open letter that he will be waiving the STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year due to the Coronavirus.

Your health and safety are top priorities, and the state of Texas will give school districts flexibility to protect and ensure the health of students, faculty, and their families.

Governor Greg Abbot

I feel that this is beneficial to students, teachers and parents alike. Many teachers are working hard to provide students with an online learning platform until schools are re-opened, but it won’t provide every student enough structure to remain on target for STAAR testing.

I myself am a very visual learner and require face to face interaction to fully comprehend certain subjects.

I can’t imagine any student being able to fully focus on their studies with the current media frenzy going on around them. It really wouldn’t be fair of us to expect students to be prepared for such a rigorous series of testing anytime soon.

I hope that this will take the impending pressure off of many Texas students! Props to Governor Abbot for caring about students so much!

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