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Round Rock ISD
In order to entice a refusing student to take STAAR, an assistant principal told a 5th grade student that she had just spoken to his mother who had called and wanted him to take it. The child was only at school because the mother had called and asked if there were makeup tests that day. After putting her on hold, the office told her there were no makeup. The school denied that she ever called, but was confronted with cell phone records detailing the call. (2014)
From 2020 to 2022, the district has given incorrect information to parents about the use of substitute assessments to meet EOC graduation requirements, even featuring the false information on its website. Emails to the district’s general counsel complaining of the errors have not produced any change.
Medina Valley ISD
Upon hearing that a parent might not let her 3rd grader take STAAR, the teacher first advised the child that she had no choice and would have to take STAAR. After the parent told the child that wasn’t true and just to direct the teacher to speak with the parent. The teacher told the child that her mother would be arrested if the tried to help the child avoid STAAR. (Fall 2019)
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