Tag: 8th

SUCCESS! Middle school STAAR and AI Opt Out!

From JD

I was successful of opting both sons 7th and 8th graders out this year again at Somerset ISD. Did so since the beginning of the year and although principal tried to give me a hard time at the beginning of the year of opting out of the tutoring classes offered to those who didn’t pass STAAR (can’t remember what they’re called lol), I stood my ground and he was removed within a day. My son will be a freshman next year and the education administrator I think that was what she said was her position in the district said he can’t opt out in high school. I laughed and told her it was lies and that I’d get to that when my son enters hs in the fall. Thank you and to this wonderful group, I’ve gotten more knowledge than I ever knew was available to parents

No, You Don’t Have to Pass STAAR in 5th or 8th Grade

OK, so a mom from Kissam Elementary is being told that passing STAAR is required to go to 6th grade.  Let’s examine how we know this is not true.

First, search for the Academic Performance Report for your school from 2014-2015.  It is located here:

Academic Performance Report

The cover looks like this:


Now let’s look at the STAAR passage rate for 5th grade Reading, the only one that counted for SSI last year:


We can see that the failure rate for 5th grade reading last year was 23%.  Now if STAAR passage is required for promotion, then the retention rate in 5th grade would be 23%.  Basically 1 out of ever 4 kids would have to repeat 5th grade.  So let’s see what the Academic Performance report says about retention in the 5th grade:


We see that rather than a 23% retention rate, the actual rate was 0%.  (For full disclosure, 15% of special ed kids were retained, but that number gives total retention of about 1.3%, nowhere near the 23% that would be required is STAAR passage was necessary for promotion.

As you can see, every kid who appealed their retention to the GPC was promoted.


This is one example of many.  The idea that passing STAAR is required for promotion is utter nonsense.  Know the facts and arm yourself!