Texas STAAR test requirements waived due to coronavirus outbreak

A student in a classroom at Cactus Elementary School in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Last Updated on March 16, 2020 – 9:51 AM CDT

By Aliyya Swaby – March 16, 2020

Editors Note: As of March 16, at 9:38 a.m., Dumas and Sunray ISD schools are still scheduled to resume after spring break on March 23rd. Check the Dumas ISD and Sunray ISD websites for the latest.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he would waive testing requirements for this year’s STAAR exam, as schools expect to be closed at least through April if not through the end of the year, due to coronavirus.

He also said he would ask the federal government to waive federal testing requirements, which apply to all states.

The federal government has previously said it would give out targeted waivers from testing for areas where the disease has had significant impact.

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