Shockingly, some school officials still appear to be using the threat of retention to compel parents to bring their kids to campus mid-pandemic and take the STAAR. Usually, when this happens, we go into a lengthy explanation of how retention is theoretically possibly, but practically never happens. Then we walk you through the GPC process to assure your kid is promoted. But this year, showing the school to be liars is even easier. See, the TEA officially removed all SSI (promotion and retention) requirements from STAAR this year. Don’t believe me? That hurts my feelings, but I will indulge you.
Here is the official communication from the TEA website.
So feel brave. Feel confident. If someone at school is so bold as to tell you that your child risks being held back this year for opting out of STAAR, laugh politely at them, and send them the link.