Eliminate the STAAR test for the 2020-2021 School Year

Eliminate the STAAR test for the 2020-2021 School Year

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Kimberly Harvey Jordan started this petition to Governor of Texas Greg Abbott and

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness or STAAR test, is an academic assessment taken by students in grades 3-12. It is a standardized test that was created to measure student academic performance.

The STAAR test takes millions of dollars to administer each year. It takes overwhelming resources in order complete and get data from each school district and network in the state. 

In March schools were forced to shut down in building learning and go virtual because of the global pandemic related to the spread of COVID-19. As schools quickly shifted to get switched over to on-line and virtual learning it has still had a substantial impact on student academic success. 

Many schools in Texas are still being delayed due to the pandemic. With new information coming out about the virus and cases rising which deemed Texas a hot spot for the virus schools are doing there best just to open and offer options for their students and staff to remain safe. The focus of the 2020-2021 school year should be safety, social-emotional well being and remediation. 

Students, staff, and faculty in schools should not be held accountable for a state standardized test during these unprecedented and unpredictable times. It is an injustice to demand that schools administer the STAAR test due to so many negative impacts that this current pandemic has created. 

There are students who are only attending schools virtually and will not be coming back into campus to take the STAAR which will cause disparities in testing results for the percentage of students that did opt in to return to campus. There is no way to ensure safety and security of test documents for those students in virtual learning because staff can not go into homes to monitor and proctor tests. Neither can test coordinators mail out secured test documents to students or proctor in a home setting because that will create many test irregularities and unsecured test protocols. 

These are not normal times and circumstances and we can not continue to put added stress and pressure on schools with already limited funding and resources. The funds put into the STAAR test should be used to educate and give resources to schools, not millions to testing companies. 

It should be urgent to do the ethical thing and cancel standardized testing for the STAAR test in Tecas for the 2020-2021 school year. 

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