Commissioner Morath talks about STAAR testing, other education issues in pandemic
During a conversation today with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune, Education Commissioner Mike Morath reiterated that spring STAAR testing would be used as a benchmarking tool to help determine how the pandemic has impacted student learning. He said this data is needed so educators can decide how to support students as they recover lost learning.
When asked about the recent request from lawmakers to provide parents a mechanism to opt out of in-person STAAR testing, Morath indicated that parents educating their students remotely could simply choose to “stay [with] remote instruction that day.”
Morath also addressed school funding and keeping schools open for in-person learning during the pandemic, saying schools should "make every reasonable accommodation" to support teacher and staff needs. Click here to watch.