Abbott urges TEA to give Harvey-hit schools a reprieve from STAAR

5:51 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 Texas News & Politics
The marquee for Aransas Pass High School was damaged in Hurricane Harvey. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Gov. Greg Abbott is putting pressure on the Texas Education Agency to give students in school districts affected by Hurricane Harvey a reprieve from state testing requirements.

Students in the fifth and eighth grade must pass the math and reading State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to move on to the next grade. In a letter on Monday, Abbott asked TEA Commissioner Mike Morath to waive the so-called Student Success Initiative requirements for students in Harvey-affected areas.

“I also know some of those requirements could be relaxed in order to provide relief to students in areas hit hardest by the hurricane. As commissioner, you have authority to waive certain SSI provisions. I ask you to do so,” he said.

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