What You Should Know About 2021 STAAR Testing

Each year, Texas students take STAAR exams, or the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. With many schools, districts, students, and guardians experiencing massive shifts in education, including remote and synchronous learning, some expectations around the 2021 testing has changed. 

Previously, Texas suspended the exams for the 2019–20 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this year, students are expected to take their exams.

The Texas Tribune summarizes the situation this way:

“State education officials confirmed recently that all public school students will be required to take the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR exams, in person at a monitored test site. But millions of Texas students are learning from home during the pandemic, and school districts have few tools in hand to force those worried about risking their health to show up for the tests.”

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