Texas Testing Updates During COVID-19

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 25, 2020 5:44:24 PM

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As you likely know, the governor has waived STAAR testing requirements for the year. Spring ACT and SAT tests have been cancelled. And AP tests are moving online. The TEA, the College Board, and the ACT all have webpages with updates on testing. Here’s a summary: 

On STAAR: the TEA has issued a notice on grade advancement for students in 5th and 8th grades. Administrators can base advancement decisions on teacher recommendations, students’ grades, and other relevant academic information. The TEA has also issued guidance regarding a path to graduation for seniors

On the SAT: May SAT dates have been cancelled, and registered students will receive refunds. Makeup exams scheduled for March 28 are also cancelled. The June SAT is still on for now, but the College Board is monitoring the situation. More details here.

On the ACT: the April ACT has been rescheduled to June. Students who registered for the April ACT will receive information and instructions by email. Students will not be automatically re-registered, so be sure to tell your registered students to check their email! More details here.

On the AP: There will be no face-to-face AP testing. Instead, students will take 45-minute online tests that consist of free response questions only. Each AP subject test will be offered on two different testing dates. The full exam schedule will be available April 3. Students will also have access to free remote-learning resources and practice questions. More details here.

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