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Summer School STAAR Preparation Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

2015-2016 STAAR Accountability Changes for 5th and 8th grade students

 

Duncanville ISD Family:

Due to changes recently announced by the Texas Education Agency, 5th and 8th grade STAAR Mathematics and Reading test results are no longer accountability elements to be considered for the 2015-2016 school year. Reporting issues with the testing vendor prompted TEA to make this decision, according to a letter distributed Friday by the Texas Commissioner of Education.

 

Based on this new information, if your child was scheduled to attend summer school STAAR preparation for 5th and 8th grade Mathematics and Reading, that is no longer a requirement. However, school administrators strongly encourage students to take every opportunity to close academic gaps. These Summer School classes are being offered at no cost, which provide your child a chance to be more prepared for the upcoming school year. Summer school attendance will be one element considered in the decision-making for grade placement for the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Below are responses to frequently asked questions related to this STAAR testing change. If you have additional questions, please contact summer school staff at Reed Middle School by calling 972-708-3500.

 

Thank you for partnering with Duncanville ISD to enhance your child’s future.

 

Question:

Will students in 5th and 8th grade need to pass STAAR Mathematics and Reading to be promoted to the next grade level?

 

Answer:

No. Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath, announced on Friday, June 10 that “as a result of ongoing reporting issues with our testing vendor, we will be removing student consequences attached to STAAR testing for grades five and eight for the remainder of the 2015-2016 assessment cycle.”

 

Question:

Will students who did not meet the passing standard on the 5th and 8th grade March and May test in Mathematics and Reading need to take the STAAR assessment in June?

 

Answer:

No. Commissioner Morath stated “given that June STAAR test results will not be required to be used for promotion decisions for SSI (Student Success Initiative) purposes and are not used for accountability, I am cancelling the June administration of STAAR for grades five and eight.”

 

Question:

Will summer school be offered for students who did not meet the passing standard on the March and May STAAR assessment of Mathematics and Reading for 5th and 8th grade students?

 

Answer:

Yes. In fact, students who were planning to attend STAAR Student Success Initiative (Reading and/or Mathematics) this summer are strongly encouraged to stay the course and attend a Tutorial (5th grade or 8th grade students who passed all regular courses) or Credit Recovery course (8th grade students who failed a core class) to maximize this learning opportunity and be better prepared for the next school year.

 

It will be necessary for 8th grade students who failed a core class to attend summer school Credit Recovery in order for an opportunity to advance to 9th grade.

 

Question:

There are different end dates for 8th grade STAAR Mathematics and Reading versus Credit Recovery. Will my 8th grade student now need to attend summer school through July 21st?

 

Answer:

Yes, if your student decides to use this opportunity for promotion to the next grade level. There is a limited number of 8th grade students who were originally going to end summer school June 22 with the close of STAAR Mathematics and Reading testing. To gain the most from this summer school opportunity, those students are encouraged to participate in Credit Recovery, which ends July 21st.

 

Question:

For students who did not meet the passing standard for 5th and 8th grade Mathematics and Reading STAAR assessments, what will determine promotion or retention?

 

Answer:

This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The Campus Grade Placement Committee will use discretion and will review all relevant and available academic information, such as the student’s grade in each subject, summer school attendance, and teacher’s recommendation by August 1st

 

Question:

When will I receive my student’s results for STAAR tests in 3rd through 8th grades?

 

Answer:

The most current information from the TEA shows that Duncanville ISD is expected to receive these test results later this month. As soon as they are made available, the district will notify parents and provide the scores.