State Testing

 
STAAR – EOC for students graduating this Spring
  • All EOC tests for 19-20 are canceled.  This includes April, May, and June.  The next EOC test will be in December of 2020.
  • For seniors in the 19-20 school year, required performance on the academic assessments to graduate is being waived for Spring 2020.
    • Translation:  current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass.
    • All other graduation requirements will need to be met (passing classes, etc.)

 

STAAR – EOC requirements for grades 9, 10, and 11

 

In waiving the required performance on academic assessments under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) for spring 2020, the following applies:
  • For students graduating in future years but taking one of the five courses with a corresponding STAAR EOC assessment this year, those students will not be responsible for meeting that EOC assessment graduation requirement if they earn course credit this year.
  • Students who are graduating in future years but are taking an EOC course will not be responsible for meeting that assessment requirement IF they earn course credit this year.
  • Translation: English I, English II, Algebra, Biology, and US History students who are not graduating this year need to pass the class.  If students do not pass the class, they are responsible for the EOC when they repeat the class.

 

What about EOC re-testers who are not seniors?
  • Students who are not seniors and have outstanding EOC assessments that they have not passed from a previous year will need to retake and pass that EOC prior to graduation.

 

STAAR Grades 3-8 (all levels and subjects including SSI)
  • All STAAR testing is canceled for April, May, and June of 2020.
  • SSI requirements are waived for this year.
  • School districts are to determine promotion for grades 5 and 8 just like students in all other grades.
    • Criteria should include the following considerations:  Teacher recommendation, grades in all subjects, other necessary academic information as determined by the district. 

 

STAAR ALT 2
  • STAAR ALT 2 window is cancelled.
  • ARD committees will make the educational decisions, including decisions related to required performance on academic assessments. 

 

TELPAS and TELPAS ALT
  • Windows for these tests are currently open and will remain open until May 29, 2020.
  • Districts have the option to complete testing or not. (More information to come in the coming weeks)
  • Any tests already taken or submitted through May 29 will receive a score.
  • TEA is looking at adjustments to exit criteria

  

Advanced Placements (AP) Students Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We know the coronavirus has created new and unexpected challenges. Here’s how the AP Program is supporting you and your school:

  • We’re providing live and on-demand AP courses for free.
  • We’re developing a new at-home testing option.
 

Based on the number and length of school closures, it's clear that the usual way AP Exams are given at schools won’t be possible.

Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing information will be available by April 3.

Taking the Exam
We surveyed 18,000 AP students to see if they still wanted the opportunity to test this year. Their answer: a resounding yes.

Free resources will be available through exam day to help you get ready. While we encourage you to wait until closer to the test to decide, any student registered for an exam can cancel at no charge.

For the 2019-20 exam administration only:

  • We’re developing secure 45-minute online free-response exams for each course.
  • The exam content will focus on what most schools were able to complete by early March.
  • You’ll be able to take your exams on any device you have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. You’ll also have the option to write your responses by hand and submit a photo.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • We know that not all students have access to the internet or a device. We’re working on solutions to help students get what they need to show their best work.  If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, complete the form for Student Access to Remote AP Learning & Assessments.

The exams will be secure. We’re using a variety of digital security tools, including plagiarism detection software.

Free AP Review Classes
Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, you can attend free, live AP review courses, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These courses:

  • Are optional, mobile-friendly, and can be used alongside any work your teacher may give you.
  • Will be available on-demand, so you can access them any time.
  • Will focus on reviewing the skills and concepts from the first 75% of the course. There will also be some supplementary lessons covering the final 25% of the course.

 

AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus

As schools and communities navigate the unprecedented challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the health and safety of educators and students are the AP Program’s top priorities. Here’s how we’re supporting schools:

 

Through our members across the country, we understand the new time constraints on everyone in the education community. These solutions are meant to be as simple and lightweight as possible for both students and teachers — without creating additional burdens for school leaders during this time.

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.
 

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.  We'll also unlock any relevant free-response questions in the AP Classroom for digital use so students can access all practice questions of the type that will appear on the exam.

About This Year’s AP Exams
Students remain eager to take AP Exams and to have a chance to earn credit and placement. We surveyed 18,000 AP students and 91% indicated they want to complete this important step, urging us not to cancel this opportunity they have been working toward.

We will continue to support students with free resources through exam day. And while we encourage students to wait until closer to the test date to decide, any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.

The AP Program will invest heavily over the next month in the following ways:

  • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
  • AP curricula are locally developed and we defer to local decisions on how best to help students complete coursework. To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exam will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
  • We recognize that the digital divide could prevent some low-income and rural students from participating. Working with partners, we will invest so that these students have the tools and connectivity they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If your students need mobile tools or connectivity, complete the form for Student Access to Remote AP Learning & Assessments.

 

College Board SAT

March and May SAT Administrations

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, and June 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

In the coming days, the College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

Future Testing Opportunities
College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.

Currently, SAT has added September 26, 2020, as an added testing date to help accommodate students.

The March 25 SAT School Day administration is postponed. College Board is working with local partners, and we’ll soon share further information about weekday school-based SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations scheduled for this spring.

Resources and Support
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.

Together with our member schools and colleges, we will be flexible, thoughtful, and collaborative in exploring ways to continue to support student learning and provide opportunities to test during this challenging time.

Our focus will remain on student safety and during this challenging time, we’re ensuring students have the tools they need and opportunities to receive the credit they’ve earned.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

If you have questions or concerns about your scheduled testing with College Board programs, please contact us as soon as possible. Given the high volume of inquiries, wait times may be longer than normal.

Students
Email the College Board
Phone (domestic): 866-756-7346
Phone (international): +1-212-713-7789

 

ACT
  • The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.