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 2019-20 school year. This letter was prompted by initial guidance from the TEA that STAAR would continue as planned, though potentially in an alternative format.
In addition, 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 2019-20 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.
See the letter below and click here to learn more about the Frisco ISD Intergovernmental Relations Department.
Dear Governor Abbott:
As we continue to address the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19
outbreak, we write to express our gratitude for your leadership and decision to waive STAAR testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. This decision will allow school districts to focus on providing the best possible instruction to our students during this unprecedented time. We appreciate your willingness to listen to the concerns of school districts and to act accordingly.
As you noted in your statement, there is still more work to be done to ensure that federal
funding of school districts is not jeopardized by this decision. We are fully supportive of your efforts to secure a waiver of federal testing requirements from the U.S. Department of Education and have sent a letter to Secretary DeVos imploring her to grant waivers to states that request waivers as part of their COVID-19 response.
Thank you for your continued support of school districts as we seek to serve our students to the best of our ability in these difficult circumstances.