Carroll ISD Formally Recognizes Parental Refusal Rights

February 24, 2024
This is a big one folks!  To be clear: it doesn’t change the law or  TEA positions.  This is simply an almost word for word regurgitation of what the TEA has been permitting for three years now.  It does not break new ground.  It communicates existing guidance and options.  But it is a BIG ONE! […]

New Letter – Requesting Facilitated Refusal

February 13, 2024
Patrons, this is our first big new letter in a long time!  Given the TEA’s guidance on accepting parental refusals, we have drafted a very conciliatory letter asking the school to accept our refusal without putting the kid in the room with the assessment.  This should be sent after the school replies to your opt […]

HB 1416 Opt Out of AI

August 16, 2023
Well toss the old HB 4545 letters away!  As we have been discussing, the Texas legislature did a big revamp on HB 4545 accelerated instruction with the HB 1416 amendments.  The most important change was to grant a broader and more explicit opt out right to parents.  After HB 4545, the TEA recognized an opt […]

Telling the Truth – Kudos to Lamar CISD!

April 24, 2023
During this time of the year, we hear so many terrible stories of teachers and administrators lying to parents and harassing them and sometimes their kids over their opt out decisions.  It’s the worst at the high school level, where the “you can’t graduate without STAAR” lie is yielded like a hammer. (Read here to […]

SUCCESS! Middle school and high school opt outs facilitated!

April 13, 2023
From S.B. Plano ISD This year, I submitted my refusal letter to my 8th grader’s principal and counselor.. Initially, I received “Received” as a reply from the principal. After a couple of weeks, I emailed again asking his preference on what to do with my child on administration days. He told me to fill out […]

Success: High School Graduation via Sub Assessments!

April 13, 2023
Our younger daughter graduated from high school last May. She hadn’t taken a STAAR Assessment since 5th grade. We used substitute assessments, IGC for US History, and she received the Covid waivers. Her US History IGC project was a report about the Civil Rights era. She spun it to include our decision to practice civil […]

2023 Accountability and Assessment Bills – As of 1/15/23

January 21, 2023
HOUSE BILLS AS OF 1/15/2023 The following bills have been filed to date in the Texas House of Representatives. Our position is always subject to change as bills progress and legislative analysis or hearings take place.  If you are aware of any other accountability or assessment bills, please contact us at txedrights@gmail.com HB 748, 1225 […]

Individual Graduation Committee for all-Non STAAR Testers (Entered HS pre 2011)

October 27, 2022
Editor’s Note: TxEdRights wishes to thank TTAAS member Jeff Cranmore for contributing this guide for students who were denied a high school diploma due to pre-STAAR testing requirements.  This guide will help TAKS/TAAS students who completed their credits but did not pass one or more exit exams navigate the process to a high school diploma. […]

The CVEP Interview – The Oaks Private School

September 5, 2022
For years, we have promoted the CVEP (Credit Verification and Evaluation Program) as a proactive way for parents to plan for high school graduation without STAAR.  The CVEP program permits the student to attend and participate in all their local high school activities without ever taking STAAR.  After completing their credits, the student then “transfers” […]

My School Took My Kid’s Elective and Put Them In STAAR Classes!

August 7, 2022
Despite the clear language of the law, some schools have denied parental opt out from accelerated instruction and placed kids into STAAR prep classes.  After you have submitted your opt out, you must follow up if your child has been denied access to electives.  For that reason, we’ve added a new follow up letter to […]

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