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Local school officials believe TEA should waive STAAR Test for 2020-2021 school year

Posted at 10:33 PM, Nov 11, 2020

As COVID-19 cases continue to soar across the county, schools across Central Texas are temporarily closing in person teaching.

Waco ISD closed five of their schools within the past week, pushing everything to virtual learning.

“The number of cases and the number of resources that are going into managing this across the district, I think it’s been a really big challenge for a school administrator, and certainly been a challenge for teachers,” said Waco ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon.

Local school staff say the school year has been tough on students, one big reason some superintendents are calling for STAAR testing requirements to be waived.

“We haven’t taken a formal resolution to our board yet but I’d certainly be in favor of doing that,” said Dr. Kincannon.

Many schools say the changes in the school year would affect the student's ability to pass the test.

“I don’t know how valid that’s gonna be this year. Some of our kids are in and out, staff is in and out with COVID. This is just a really major setback," said Dr. Kincannon.

Temple ISD unanimously approved a resolution Monday asking the TEA to waive this year’s requirements.