HOUSTON – To further support student learning and an understanding of student progress even as students are educated from home for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, the Texas Education Agency has launched free, optional end-of-year (EOY) assessments that school systems and parents can choose to administer.
This optional test does not take the place of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR), which Gov. Greg Abbott canceled this year due to COVID-19.
The optional EOY assessment gives parents and educators access to a tool that shows what their students have learned and where they can improve their knowledge and understanding of key subject matter heading into the 2020-21 academic year.
Educators across Texas have voiced concerns that their students may not be making as much academic progress as they should because of the disruption caused by COVID-19.
Researchers have noted that in some cases students could see significant academic declines, dubbing it a potential “COVID Slide.”
This free diagnostic tool will highlight the student progress that has been made, while also bringing to light any gaps that may have emerged during this atypical school year.
The results of this optional testing will provide valuable data that informs further instructional support school systems can provide this summer and into the coming school year. TEA is not requiring these EOY assessments and will not collect testing data for any accountability purposes.
Parents can register their students for the optional EOY assessments until June 5. Parents will be able to administer the tests at home through June 12.