Without federal approval, Texas middle school students (primarily those in the 8th grade) taking Algebra I will have to take a grade-level assessment to meet federal requirements as well as the state's Algebra I EOC to meet high school graduation requirements. Such double testing would begin this school year."
Read the TEA Press Release and download Commissioner Williams' letter
Excerpt from Commissioner Williams' letter to U.S. Dept. of Education:
"To avoid these negative consequences for our middle school students taking the STAAR Algebra I EOC test, Texas wishes to use the appropriate mathematics assessment, the Algebra I EOC test, to evaluate the academic performance of the middle school campus. For the reasons described above, Texas does not wish to attribute the same Algebra I test score to these students’ future high school campuses since the high school campus cannot be legitimately held accountable (favorable or not) for the performance of those students.
Therefore, I request that the conditional waiver be amended to accommodate the lack of high school mathematics assessment results for middle school students who have appropriately completed their high school testing requirements in mathematics prior to entering high school.
Since Texas state law now allows a portion of Texas students to complete part of their testing requirements for high school graduation prior to entering high school, this approach is the only instructionally appropriate and valid evaluation of mathematics for Texas middle schools and high schools."