Governor Abbott Cancels STAAR Test for 2019-2020 School Year

Updated – Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11:39 AM – Round Rock ISD announced school closure from March 20 – April 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, announced that he is waiving the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing for the 2019-2020 school year. He is also requesting suspension of federal testing requirements.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s full statement:
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Governor Abbott is working closely with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to ensure that schools continue to deliver instruction to students while students are absent or while schools are closed due to COVID-19. This includes tailoring instruction for students with special needs so that they have access to the same education as other students in the district. Governor Abbott will continue to work with the TEA on developing additional methods to ensure that students are learning and ready to succeed at the next grade-level. These discussions are ongoing and more information will be provided as it develops. 

As of today, Monday, March 16, 2020, Round Rock Independent School District has not extended their Spring Break or called for a cancellation of classes. Many North Texas and South Texas schools have done both. It was announced on Friday that Round Rock ISD will let parents know on Thursday, March 19, 2020 what the next few weeks will look like for schools and students.

Keep up-to-date on all the cancellations we have found across the area with this article.

Looking for some ideas of fun things to do with kids at home while you are observing social distancing this week? Check out these fun ideas!

And for some feel-good news, check out this story about Whataburger delivering meals to H-E-B Employees on Sunday.

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