Texas PTA asking state to cancel STAAR testing for 2020-2021 school year

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 11:32 AM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - The Texas Parent Teacher Association has joined a growing list of those calling for the state to cancel standardized testing for the upcoming school year.

The Texas PTA President Suzi Kennon sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott asking for a pause of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, also known as STAAR, for the 2020-2021 school year and urged the state to request a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

Kennon’s letter states thousands of students did not get proper education once schools moved online as many students did not have internet connectivity or computers. She said teachers need to focus on the needs of students and teach missing concepts.

“Until we close the gap on equitable education – offering the real choice between classroom instruction and virtual instruction for students based on need, not on their household income or where they live – we are not ready to return to STAAR testing,” Kennon said in an online statement.

The Texas Education Agency announced at the end of June that they would resume STAAR testing for the upcoming school year.

Abbott canceled the standardized test for the 2019-2020 school year in March as public schools began closing due to COVID-19.

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