June 13, 2013
This is to inform you that House Bill 5 (HB 5) has changed the testing requirements for your student(s).
TEA announces initial assessment requirements under HB 5
AUSTIN - Under House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor, high school students are now required to pass five State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) end-of-course exams to meet the new graduation requirements.
The five assessments under HB 5 include Algebra I, English I (combined reading/writing), English II (combined reading/writing), biology, and U.S. history. The Texas Education Agency will be advising school districts and charters that students must pass all five of these end-of-course assessments to be eligible to graduate from a Texas public high school.
As a result, students who have taken a required assessment - but have not yet passed - will still need to demonstrate satisfactory performance on that exam to meet the state's graduation requirements.
Reading and writing are currently assessed separately in English I and English II. However, HB 5 requires reading and writing be combined and given in a single day.
High school students who have to date passed English I or English II reading but not English I or English II writing (or vice versa) will still need to successfully complete the second test to meet graduation requirements. Existing state law does not allow the commissioner to waive a testing requirement.
The English I and English II tests will continue to have separate reading and writing tests for the July 2013 test administration and the December 2013 test administration. English I and English II assessments that combine reading and writing will be available beginning in spring 2014. High school students who have not successfully completed a separate reading or writing assessment by that time will take the new combined English I or English II test.
In order to comply with HB 5, we will be offering the following tests at Lancaster High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 8:
July 8 – English I – Writing
July 9 – English I – Reading
July 10 – English II – Writing
July 11 – English II – Reading
July 16 – Algebra I
July 17 – Biology
Students will be given four hours to complete the tests. We are confident that each and every student can be successful if they take their time and think carefully about each question.
Please review and respond on or before June 26 to the accompanying PDF to ensure your student is included in the headcount to allow adequate preparation for the testing day(s).