TEA releases free assessments to help educators plan for 'COVID Slide'

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Published: May. 12, 2020 at 9:40 PM CDT
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The Texas Education Agency has launched free assessments for parents and local school districts to measure what students have learned and where they can improve.

Copperas Cove ISD Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services Amanda Crawley says she and many other parents plan to have their children take the tests.

"I can tell you that I know parents are very concerned about making sure their kids are learning during this time," she said.

"I think it would be really great for them so I kind of know where their strengths and weaknesses are and we can design a plan to implement for them successfully."

The tests cover the same grades, subjects and courses as the STARR exams. The only difference is that the writing assessments will be multiple choice only.

The TEA says they hope that school districts will use these assessments to help better understand where students stand going into the next school year.

Crawley says that whether or not Copperas Cove ISD or other school districts decide to use the tests, parents definitely will.

"I have no doubt that many of them will want to use it," she said.

"They want to find out where they can help their kids over the summer to address those gaps."

Both Copperas Cove ISD and Killeen ISD are still determining on whether they will use the assessments.

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