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COVID 19 Update
 
SAT (Updated 4/17/2020)
June SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration
To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.
 
Future SAT Administrations, Including September
If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
 
Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.
 
For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.
 
Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:
  • Already registered for June
  • In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores
 
March and May SAT Administrations
In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, College Board canceled the May 2, 2020, SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) were also canceled.
 
Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

ACT (Updated 4/8/2020)
ACT, Inc. rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. All students registered for the April 4 test date
will receive an email from ACT with instructions on rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. The
most current information regarding ACT administrations can be found on their COVID-19 website.
Both vendors are assessing the impact on school day/district test administrations. Please check with your
district and College Board/ACT representatives and websites for updates as they come.
 
TEA would like to encourage students, parents, and educators to utilize each vendor’s FREE K-12 resource,
Khan Academy & ACT Academy, to support remote learning, preparation, and instruction at this time.
 
Grades 3–8 Assessments
All State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) administrations scheduled
for April, May, and June 2020 are cancelled. Student Success Initiative promotion/retention
requirements found in the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.0211 are waived for the 2019–
2020 school year. Districts will have local discretion on whether students in grades 5 and 8
should advance to the next grade, just like students in all other grades. In alignment with TEC,
§28.021, criteria that should be considered include the following:
• The recommendation of the student's teacher,
• The student's grade in each subject or course, and
• Any other necessary academic information, as determined by the district.
 
STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
For students graduating in future years but taking one of the five courses with a corresponding
STAAR EOC assessment this year, those students will not be responsible for meeting that
EOC assessment graduation requirement if they earn course credit this year.
 
STAAR Alternate 2
The STAAR Alternate 2 administration window required under TEC, §39.023(b) and scheduled
for March 30 through April 21, 2020 is cancelled. For all students receiving special education
services, the admission, review, and dismissal committee will continue to make educational
decisions, including decisions related to required performance on academic assessments.
 
TELPAS and TELPAS Alternate
The Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS) and TELPAS
Alternate administration windows are currently open and are being extended to remain open
through May 29, 2020, for a district to complete optionally if it chooses. Scoring data will be
provided for each TELPAS domain a student completes. TEA is looking at exit criteria for
English learners to determine what adjustments may be made this year for this determination.
These discussions are ongoing, and more information will be provided as it develops.