High School Opt Out

It is harder to opt out in high school than in grades 3-8. A high school student must pass five STAAR end of course (EOC) assessments (Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US History) in order to receive a high school diploma in a public school in Texas. You can opt out of the STAAR test this year if you are willing to make up the exam next year or have passed a substitute assessment. 

Texas is one of only 11 states that requires that you pass a standardized test to graduate. HB 382, if passed, would eliminate STAAR as a graduation requirement. 

Below are more details about high school STAAR:

  • INDIVIDUAL GRADUATION COMMITTEE (IGC) Texas SB 149 allows individual graduation committees, an alternative path to graduation, for students who have passed all courses for graduation but have failed up to two end-of-course assessments. It was renewed in 2019.
  • SUBSTITUTE ASSESSMENT: TEA allows students to use a substitute assessment (PSAT, SAT score, AP exam, etc.) instead of taking the STAAR. This means you can boycott the STAAR and use the substitute assessment score instead. You will need to provide your school counselor with a copy of your score.
  • COVID SPRING 2020For students graduating in future years but taking one of the five courses with a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment in spring 2020, those students will not be responsible for meeting that EOC assessment graduation requirement if they earn course credit this year. 

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