Intergovernmental Relations

  • On March 14, 2020, Frisco ISD, together with 61 other school districts sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath urging them to cancel the STAAR administration for the 2019-2020 school year. This letter was prompted by initial guidance from the TEA that STAAR would continue as planned, though potentially in an alternative format. The signatory districts urged the Governor and Commissioner to allow districts to focus on student safety and instruction rather than on attempting to find an alternative way to administer state standardized testing.

  • Also on March 14, 2020, the same group of 61 school districts sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos urging her to waive federal testing requirements. In the past, Texas has been concerned with cancelling STAAR as it can jeopardize federal funding of schools. As a result, the signatory districts implored Secretary DeVos to waive federal testing requirements so that federal funding of school districts in Texas remains secure.

  • On March 16, 2020, Governor Abbott announced that he was waiving STAAR requirements for the 2019-2020 school year and that the state would be seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education of federal testing requirements. In response, 61 districts sent a letter thanking Governor Abbott for his leadership and action on this issue and supporting efforts to obtain a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education.

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