Governor Abbott has waived the 2020-2021 requirements for students in 5th & 8th grades to pass the reading and math STAAR assessments to be promoted to the next grade level. Students enrolled in grades 5 and 8 are still required to the the appropriate grade level STAAR assessments even though passing scores will not be required for promotion.
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8.
Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) grade 5 mathematics and reading tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the STAAR grade 8 mathematics and reading tests to be promoted to ninth grade. There are three scheduled opportunities to pass these tests (see dates below).
As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee (GPC) that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
5th Grade Math - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
5th Grade Reading - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
8th Grade Reading - Tuesday, 7, 2020
8th Grade Math - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
First Retest Opportunity
5th/8th Grade Math - Tuesday, May 12, 2020
5th/8th Grade Reading - Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Second Retest Opportunity
5th/8th Grade Math - Tuesday, June 23, 2020
5th/8th Grade Reading - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative
Guía para los Padres de Familia sobre la Iniciativa para el Éxito Estudiantil