Local fifth and eighth grade students will not be required to pass state mandated tests, after Governor Greg Abbott waived grade promotion requirements for the upcoming 2020-2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

The state mandated tests, commonly known as STAAR, will not require students in fifth and eighth grade to pass the math and reading exams in order to be promoted to the next level, according to the Office of the Texas Governor.

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