The big threat is over. No longer do parents have to listen to petty tyrants threaten to retain straight A students if they don’t take STAAR. Mind you, there was never a single instance of an Opt Out kid being retained for not taking STAAR reported to us in ten years. But that didn’t stop the schools from threatening it and the parents from believing it.
But those days are gone. One of the positives of HB 4545 is the elimination of SSI STAAR passage requirements for 5th and 8th grade. Since high school promotion never depended on STAAR, we no longer have to say “it’s a possibility, but never really happens.”
Instead, we can simply say, “the school cannot retain your kid for not passing STAAR.” And even the TEA agrees with us.
Note: It is theoretically possible that a school district could impose a local policy requiring passage as a part of the promotion decision. However, we are unaware of any districts with such a policy in place currently.