FAQ – Testing & Grades
Are students required to complete the Flexible Education Program, Distance Learning assignments and activities?
We encourage students to complete the assignments as they would on a usual school day. It is important to keep students engaged and learning during this time. Teachers will give feedback on assignments, but at this time, formal grading procedures are still being discussed.
What can we expect for state testing, including STAAR and End-of-Course exams?
Governor Greg Abbott has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Additionally, Governor Abbott is requesting that the Department of Education (DOE) waive federal testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. We are continuing to follow updates from the College Board considering ACT, SAT, and AP testing.
What about EOC Testing for Seniors? If a student is a senior but still must complete one or more EOCs to graduate, will he/she be able to graduate?
Most students have already completed courses that have corresponding EOC assessments before their senior year. Normally, a student who has not passed up to two of his or her required STAAR EOC assessments may graduate through the individual graduation committee (IGC) process.
For students who are still working to meet assessment graduation requirements as seniors in the 2019–2020 school year, required performance on academic assessments to graduate under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) is being waived for spring 2020. Effectively, this means that current seniors may graduate through the IGC process regardless of the number of EOC assessments they still need to pass.
If a student is not graduating this year and still has one or more EOCs required to graduate, how will that affect the student’s credit in the upcoming year?
The required performance on academic assessments under TEC, §28.025(c) and §39.025(a) is being waived for spring 2020 only. This means:
If the student is not graduating and is currently enrolled in an EOC course, the EOC passing requirement will be waived if the student receives credit for that course.
If the student is not graduating and has an outstanding EOC assessment that they have not passed from a previous year, they will still need to retake and pass that EOC assessment prior to graduation.
What can students do for SAT/ACT test prep and test-taking?
SAT: The College Board has cancelled the March 28, 2020 and May 2, 2020 national test administrations. Registered students will receive a refund. The College Board has not yet cancelled the national SAT test administration scheduled for June 6, 2020. The College Board is assessing future testing opportunities as well as drafting guidance on school day administrations for the SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9. The College Board will update their web page regularly with information about the impact of the coronavirus.
To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp while many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat.
ACT: ACT has rescheduled the April 4, 2020 national test administration to June 13, 2020. ACT will send an email to registered students with instructions on how to reschedule. ACT is assessing guidance on district/school day administrations and has created a COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page with real-time updates for this evolving situation.
How will COVID-19 impact graduation ceremonies, requirements, and the end of the school year calendar? Will we need to add days to the end of the school year?
The Texas Education Agency will provide guidance for school districts regarding this information. Silsbee ISD will post updates as more information is gathered through the course of school suspension. As of today, graduation ceremony plans are still in place, however the plans are subject to change due to the fluid situation COVID-19 presents. We will inform students, families and the community of any future changes.