Summer School Update: Commissioner Morath waives 5th/8th grade retesting and retention requirements

AUSTIN – As a result of ongoing reporting issues with the state’s testing vendor, Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced Friday, June 10th that the state will be removing student consequences attached to State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for fifth and eighth-grade students for the 2015-2016 school year. He also cancelled the June 21-22 fifth and eighth-grade retest administration.

Morath said, “I apologize for the continuing problems our students and staff are being forced to deal with because of ongoing reporting issues with our testing vendor. Kids in the classroom should never suffer from mistakes made by adults.  We intend to hold the vendor, Educational Testing Service, accountable.”

Lytle ISD and all school districts across the state have been encouraged to use all relevant and available academic information to make promotion decisions.  Elementary and Junior High leadership will begin notifying affected students and their families of this recent announcement, the resulting changes with this year’s summer school offerings and grade placement of their students for the upcoming school year.

Summer school plans for the High School will continue for the remainder of the session uninterrupted and the Lytle ISD Summer Food Program providing free breakfast and lunch to children in our community will still run through July 5th.

Posted on June 14, 2016 and filed under Announcements.