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East Texas school districts encouraging students to remain in summer school

Dr. Christy Hanson explains summer school procedures following new STAAR test announcement. (Source: KLTV Staff) Dr. Christy Hanson explains summer school procedures following new STAAR test announcement. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

East Texas schools are changing their summer school protocols after a big announcement from Texas Education Commissioner. 

The announcement said that fifth and eighth grade students who did not pass the STAAR test would not be required to retake the exam this summer during summer school.

“We were pretty surprised to get that information late on Friday afternoon, and so we did spend a lot of time this weekend, collaborating with what we thought would be a good thing for our community,” said Tyler ISD Chief Academic Officer Christy Hanson. 

Hason said, prior to that ruling, if a student did not pass the STAAR test in the second administration, they were required to go to summer school and take the test again. 

“The commission has decided that, that third administration is not going to happen this summer,” said Hanson. 

Without that third test, many are wondering if their students are still required to attend summer school to advance to the next grade level. 

“We are asking that they still have the students come and then we will have a promotion and retention meeting and determine whether the student is going to be prepared for sixth and ninth grade,” said Hanson. 

Tyler ISD said the removal of the third administration STARR test affected 311 eight graders and 466 5th graders in their district alone. 

“Each student's promotion or retention is an individualized decision,” said Hanson. 

Both Longview ISD and Lufkin ISD say they are also following a similar summer school operation this June. 

“We knew that if we could keep those students in school for a few more days and help them continue to fill in those skill gaps, that might have caused them not to do well on that STAAR test in reading and math, that it could only help them going into sixth or ninth grade,” said Hanson. 

Tyler ISD says summer school is not mandatory, but will be beneficial to a student because it will factor into the decision administrators make about whether or not they are prepared to move to the next grade.

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