June 21, 2024
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Hmmm. Is Carroll ISD an outlier? Does Glen Rose ISD allow parents to have children opt out from STARR?

Parent Rights regarding State Testing and Accelerated Instruction

Parents may refuse STAAR testing and Accelerated Instruction

Carroll ISD strives to work collaboratively with parents when making decisions that are in the best interest of their children.  Carroll ISD understands that sometimes parents believe that state assessments are not in the best interest of their children.  Parents who wish to refuse STAAR assessments may complete the form here and provide it to their campus Principal or Assistant Principal.  Parents may also simply email their campus Principal or Assistant Principal.  Carroll ISD will not present a child with a STAAR assessment on an initial testing day or on a make-up testing day if a parent refusal has been received. Carroll ISD acknowledges the rights of parents to refuse the STAAR and HB1416 on behalf of their child.  

When a parent refuses STAAR assessments for their child, the child will receive a raw score of zero.  STAAR assessment score is not used to promote a child to the next grade level.  The zero does not impact your child’s GPA.  

Parents may also refuse Accelerated Instruction (HB 1416).  The district is required to provide accelerated instruction to any child who does not receive a passing score on STAAR.  Parents may email the campus Principal or Assistant Principal letting them know they wish to refuse HB1416 Accelerated Instruction.

Students in high school who refuse to take a STAAR EOC assessment must use a qualifying score on an approved Substitute Assessment to meet graduation requirements.  Click here to view the approved Substitute Assessments along with the minimum score requirements.

Carroll ISD is not allowed to encourage refusal of STAAR or of HB1416 Accelerated Instruction. CISD will always support parents in their educational choices for their children.  If parents have any questions or need further assistance, contact the campus Principal or Assistant Principal

ALSO, from TEA TEA does not require schools to put the assessment in front of your kid. It does not require that they “present” the child with the assessment on the day of the assessment. They CAN accept your refusal.

Remember this from 2016?

I can’t find this now but at one point in the past I attended a GRISD school board meeting in which one of the presenters talked about how often they were having students prep for the STARR test. This is as opposed to, um teaching, but instead “Teaching to the test”. I agree with this article from the DMN from 2023

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