MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Ector County and Midland Independent School Districts released statements explaining summer school schedules after the State of Texas announced they would cancel 5th and 8th grade reading math STAAR retests.
MISD announced that the summer school calendar for June 13-16 is unchanged. However next week classes are canceled for 5th and 8th grade students.
All other classes will continue as scheduled.
ECISD will continue their schedule as originally planned. Instead of STAAR re-tests, students will be given district-based tests on June 21 and 22.
ECISD Public Information Officer Mike Adkins says these particular students need extra help in order to be prepared for the next school year.
Adkins also stresses the difference between the 8th grade STAAR test and the Algebra 1 End of Course exam for 8th graders. Students will still need to pass the Algebra I EOC in order to graduate.
These announcements come after a statement that was released on Friday by Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath.
Morath sent a letter to school districts revealing that because of ongoing issues with the state's testing vendor, Texas would be removing student consequences for 5th and 8th grade reading and math STAAR tests.
Normally these tests must be passed in order for students to move on to the next grade. However many students across the state experienced glitches while taking the test.