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If you opted out of the STAAR or your child failed the STAAR you can decline HB 4545 “tutoring” and summer school for missing/failing STAAR using this letter (allowed by the state) (carta en español). Link at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/house-bill-4545-frequently-asked-questions_0.pdf
Parents, will you boycott the STAAR in grades 3-8? Note that high school opt-out is more complex. Sign up here at bit.ly/optouttexas. The easy link to get here is optoutexas.org. If you have questions, email [email protected]
If STAAR was just a single test given once per year with no high stakes, no one would be concerned. But STAAR is used to close schools, fire teachers and principals, narrow the curriculum and make children hate learning. It has become the most important thing in a school and no one- not teachers, not parents, not principals and not students- want that.
(Both require you to decline HB 4545 tutorials the next year)
Teachers, parents, and school leaders know how harmful STAAR is to learning. By opting out and reaching out to state legislators, parents help improve public education for every stakeholder.
Texas has the authority to end the unrelenting focus on STAAR in our schools. The Texas Legislature can change the laws to-
The federal government only requires that a test is given but does not require the extra high stakes that Texas law requires.
Let's work together to end the high stakes of standardized testing. Let’s instead prioritize meaningful teaching and learning.
More information here at optouttexas.org.
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