Midland ISD Threatens to Retain Students for Opt Out

November 6, 2014
We have received two reports of parents in the Midland ISD being threatened with retention of their child if they follow through on their opt out plans.  These students are not in 5th or 8th grade.  As a result, state law does not require passage of the STAAR for promotion to the next grade level. […]

An Opt Out Course for Schools

September 22, 2014
If there was any doubt that the Opt-Out movement is gaining steam and raising real concerns among school districts, administrators and the TEA, that doubt was put to rest when one of the state’s premier education law firms, Walsh, Anderson, which represents dozens, if not hundreds, of school districts around the state, created a special […]

Pull Out Interventions – The Power to Say No

September 3, 2014
A recent posting on the Texas Parent’s Opt Out Facebook Group raised the issue of schools removing children from elective courses several days a week for STAAR Intervention or Tutoring.  Thanks to some information from teacher members of the group, we were alerted to a provision of HB 5 that limited pull out instruction to […]

TEA Commissioner Admits Teachers Unable to Align Instruction with STAAR

August 22, 2014
On August 21, 2014, TEA Commissioner Michael Williams announced that Texas would once again delay implementing increased performance standards for its STAAR examinations which are used to assess academic readiness, are required for automatic promotion to 6th or 9th grade, and which must be passed by high school students in five different areas in order […]

Fighting the Opt Out Truancy Threats: Dual Enrollment Home Schooling

August 12, 2014
Schools are actively brandishing the threat of truancy charges against parents who exercise their fundamental liberty rights to direct the education of their children and protect them from abusive testing regimens.  Schools have sent threatening letters and in some cases actually filed truancy charges against both parents and children if they missed10 days (unexcused) in […]

Reviewing Your Child’s STAAR Assessment – A Step by Step Guide

June 27, 2014
On June 27, 2014, Kyle and Jennifer Massey did something that the Texas Education Agency and local school districts had spent years denying was possible: they reviewed the STAAR assessment booklet and answer sheet that was administered to their child.  Previous requests by parents had been met with denials that ranged from “that’s not possible” […]

A Note on Accelerated Instruction (STAAR Summer School)

June 5, 2014
Updated June 2018 At the 5th and 8th grade Grade Placement Committees, some schools will take the position that the law prohibits them from promoting your student unless they attend required accelerated instruction (AI). The law could be read that way if your child took and failed the STAAR. For students that did not take […]

Parental Access Rights Upheld then Denied in Canyon ISD

May 12, 2014
TEA can’t stand it when school districts obey the law. Canyon ISD is one Texas school district following the law and recognizing the vital role of parents in their child’s education. Canyon ISD was permitting inspection of STAAR assessments before they are returned to the TEA, but was ordered not to do so by the TEA.

Northside ISD STAAR Math: 100 – 8 = 71

April 25, 2014
Schools get their hackles up if parents suggest that they are teaching to the STAAR test.  Even though all of our kids know it and tell us, the schools deny it to the ends of the earth.  They assure us that they just follow the curriculum, and it aligns with STAAR, and that the STAAR […]

TEA Publishes Misleading SSI Document

April 23, 2014
We have recently been made aware of a document published by the TEA that implies that 5th and 8th graders who do not pass STAAR reading and mathematics exams cannot be promoted.  This piece of test propaganda completely omits the promotion process created by law by the Texas Legislature, that permits a Grade Placement Committee to […]