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State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) Testing Requirements for Middle School Students Taking Accelerated Mathematics Instruction Beyond Algebra I

On March 25th the Texas Education Agency posted a communication regarding testing requirements for middle school students participating in math instruction above grade level. This posting adds further clarification to the March 6th communication. Please review the entire posting at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769810278 for details regarding:

  • Texas Education Code (TEC) §39.023(a) requires students to be assessed in mathematics annually in grades 3–8.
  • House Bill 5, passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, eliminated the STAAR geometry and Algebra II assessments.
  • Accelerated middle school students receiving instruction in geometry or Algebra II, must take their on-grade-level mathematics assessment.
  • TEC §28.0211(o)(1) states that accelerated middle school students receiving instruction in geometry or Algebra II taking the required grade 8 assessment would be subject to the same  promotion/retention requirements that are part of the Student Success Initiative (SSI) for grade 8 students taking the on-grade-level mathematics assessment.
  • Commissioner Williams is using his statutory authority as the commissioner of education to waive the SSI promotion/retention requirements found in TEC Chapter 28 for these accelerated mathematics students.
  • School districts will not be required to apply to the commissioner for a waiver from these requirements contained in Chapter 28 in order to exempt these middle school students who are taking accelerated mathematics instruction beyond Algebra I from SSI requirements.


Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536

Division of Performance Reporting at 512-463-9704


ESC Region 13 contacts:

Ed Vara – ed.vara@esc13.txed.net

Mathematics – Susan Hemphill – susan.hemphill@esc13.txed.net and Fredrick Noriega – fredrick.noriega@esc13.txed.net

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