Grades 3-8 Opt Out

To opt out, keep your at child home choosing virtual instruction during the STAAR testing window or testing dates. 

How do I opt out my child?

  • VIRTUAL: Keep your child home choosing virtual instruction during STAAR and subsequent make-up days. It is not a requirement to inform your school that you will be opting out although you may choose to do so.  
  • FACE TO FACE: Schools are obligated to administer the test to your child if your child returns to school any day of the testing window, but your children can simply sign their name and refuse the test, receive a zero and then return to class. There is no school rating this year, so it is win-win situation. 

The Texas Education Agency announced that it will not rate schools this year (2020-21). Students will still be required to take the STAAR tests in the spring only if they are in school for face-to-face instruction. No virtual STAAR test will be administered. Over the summer, TEA waived STAAR promotion standards for grades 3-8

State promotion standards for elementary and middle school are waived this year. Opting out will not harm your school because the school ratings are waived this year. Opting out will not affect your child's teacher's evaluation this year. 

Testing Dates Spring 2020-2021 [TEA LINK ]

  • TUE-April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4
  • THUR- April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6
  • FRI- April 9, May 7
  • High school STAAR: May 4-June 4: 
  • Gr 3-8 Science, math, reading: May 6- June 11
STAAR Exam STAAR on paper  STAAR online and make up days
Gr 4 & 7 Writing, HS English I Apr 6 (TUE) TUE-April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4
HS English II Apr 8 (THUR) THUR-April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6
Make-up Day Apr 9 (FRI) May 7 (FRI)
High School Alg, Biology, US History May 4-May 7 May 4-June 4
Gr 8 Science May 6 (THUR) May 6- June 11
Gr 8 Social Studies & make up tests May 7 (Fri)  
Gr 3-8 Mathematics May 11 (TUE) May 11-June 11
 Gr 3-8 Reading May 12 (WED) May 11-June 11
 Gr 5 Science May 13 (THUR) May 11-June 11
Make-up Tests May 14 (FRI) June 11

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