COVID cases are spiking again, but the TEA Commissioner is pushing parents to take the first round of STAAR next week! Read below for Opt Out 101
️ Opt Out 101
- STAAR is NOT required if you are virtual. Just stay home. No letter required.
- If you are in-person, send this opt out letter to your principal. [opt out letter for principal] and [carta de opt out para director de la escuela]
- BE PREPARED for your school to pressure you to take the STAAR in person during COVID. You can tell them no!
- Read more here about grade 3-8 opt out and high school opt out.
WILL YOU FILL OUT THIS CONFIDENTIAL OPT-OUT PETITION at bit.ly/optouttexas to stand up to Morath?
NO NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES: STAAR will not be used for grades 3-8 promotion, teacher evaluation or school accountability this year. And if you do not take STAAR, they cannot make you go to summer school.
In high school, while five STAAR assessments are still required for graduation, you have options if you opt out this year. Your child can take the STAAR in Dec or May next year; or use substitute assessments, their spring 2020 COVID STAAR waiver and/or the individual graduation committee to meet their high school graduation requirements. [More details about high school opt out here]
Your child does not have to take the STAAR this year. Children are more than a test score. Your safety during COVID matters and the data won't be valid, reliable or useful. More information here at optouttexas.org.