In past years, students who performed at a qualifying level on their PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc. were allowed to use this score to substitute for one or more of their STAAR End of Course (EOC) exams. Per the U.S. Dept. of Education, this policy has changed for this school year, 2019-2020. 

If a student is currently enrolled in one or more of the following courses: Algebra I, English I, English II, Biology, and US History, the student is REQUIRED to take the corresponding STAAR EOC exam. This decision was made by the U.S. Dept. of Education and was shared with school districts by the Commissioner of Education, Mike Morath. Commissioner’s letter 

Students who must take the STAAR EOC:

  • Student is enrolled in one or more of the following courses for 2019-2020 (Alg. I, Eng. I, Eng. II, Biology, US History).
  • Student is not enrolled in the course for 2019-2020, but:
  1. completed the course previously and 
  2. has not taken the corresponding STAAR EOC and 
  3. has not used a college readiness assessment (PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc) as a substitute.

The STAAR EOC exams are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Data from these exams will help the teachers, campuses and the district identify and take action on both strengths and areas of concern as students transition to subsequent courses.

NOTE: Students may use a qualifying score from a PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc. exam to meet graduation requirements if the student has not met the passing standard on the applicable STAAR EOC. Information regarding qualifying scores on a college readiness exam may be found in this chart. Graduation requirements may be found in the TX Administrative Code (TAC) §101.4002.

Questions regarding this policy change may be directed to your child’s teacher or by contacting us through Let’s Talk.