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Local students take STAAR test in class

Students will have to take the exam in class; however, if parents choose not to send them, they will not be penalized and will be able to test in the spring
Published: Dec. 8, 2020 at 12:16 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2020 at 10:44 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - It’s an unfamiliar sight during this pandemic: students inside a classroom.

On Tuesday, STAAR testing kicked off around the state of Texas.

It’s expected to be a challenging week since all student taking the test are required to take it in person.

As this unconventional school semester comes to an end, many high school students found themselves back inside a classroom Tuesday morning.

Whether you’ve been learning remotely or in the classroom, all STAAR testing must be taken in-person and on campus this week.

The Texas Education Agency is the one setting rules.

Starting Tuesday through December 11th, high school students taking English 1, English 2, biology, U.S. history or algebra 1 will be given the exams.

The exams are required for graduation.

Both, UISD and LISD tell KGNS measures are in place to protect the students who are heading back in to the classroom this week.

Some of the district’s protocols include not allowing more than 10 people in a classroom, and providing sanitation areas.

A spokesperson for Laredo ISD tells KGNS the district is happy with Tuesday’s turnout.

LISD says about 62% of high school students who needed to take a test on Tuesday came in.

UISD says it had a 74% turnout for the day.

UISD also says many principals sent out messages to parents on Monday night assuring parents that all safety initiatives were in place and that students and parents had options if they didn’t come in.

Both districts say for those parents who did not feel comfortable sending their child back, there is another opportunity in the spring.

However, both school districts warn that if you are a senior testing in the spring the results may come back too late for college and scholarship deadlines.

If you missed Tuesday’s test or need to make up a STAAR test, Friday is a ‘make up’ day for both LISD and UISD.

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