- Crowley Independent School District
STAAR Testing Updates
Today during STAAR testing, districts across the state experienced severe connectivity issues with the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP). This impacted Crowley ISD students taking the online STAAR test forgrades 4 and 7 Writing, as well as English I and II.
As of 10:30 a.m. today, districts received communication from ETS, the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) testing contractor, that the few students who were able to access the test should continue testing, but the majority of students who were not able to access their scheduled test should be released from testing for the day.
Campuses have been reaching out to parents of virtual learners who came to campus today to test in-person to notify them of the situation. Once the district receives additional information from ETS and TEA, home campuses will communicate information regarding makeup dates for today’s scheduled tests.
We appreciate your patience as we wait for a resolution from ETS and TEA regarding the STAAR Online Testing Platform. Thank you for your continued support of our Crowley ISD students, staff and schools.
Nicholas Keith, M.Ed.
Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Throughout the months of April and May, Crowley ISD students will take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test. The first round of STAAR testing will begin on Tuesday, April 6. Please check with your campus for specific dates and times.
TEA announced in January that in order to participate in state assessments this spring a student must be present at school. That announcement was followed by the Texas Tribune’s interview with Commissioner Mike Morath. The Commissioner made the following points during his interview:
1. There are a number of federal and state laws that require all school districts in the state to administer STAAR and TELPAS.
2. Logistical constraints prevent the State of Texas from administering these assessments in remote or at-home settings. Therefore, in order to participate, a student must be physically present at school.
3. TEA has made a number of adjustments to help school districts provide a safe on-campus testing environment.
Crowley ISD is committed to complying with federal and state laws relating to state assessments. We are also committed to providing the safest environment possible for students and staff on our campuses. In order for us to evaluate the impact of the COVID pandemic on student learning and to make plans to address learning gaps, we need your child to participate in STAAR at school.
High school course EOC exams are a requirement for graduation. If students do not take and pass 2021 Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, or U.S. History exams, they will be required to take those exams at a future administration. Although students may have future opportunities to take EOCs prior to graduation, it is important for students to participate in EOCs at the conclusion of the course.
Campus testing schedules very slightly from campus to campus. Please look for communication from your student’s campus for additional information.
You can help your child succeed on the STAAR by making sure they arrive to school on time and prepared. We encourage a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before arriving. As always, our campus offers free breakfast to all students.
If you have any questions about STAAR testing, please reach out to your student’s campus.