State assessments are upon us, and Keller ISD would like to clarify the role of the district in state testing and the constraints upon local campus administration. 

For state tests (all STAAR assessments, EOCs in high school, and some other tests administered diagnostically in primary grades), Texas Education Code 39.023(a) requires "all students" to be assessed with the appropriate test (that section includes references to alternate tests for some limited English proficient and special program students). The district does not have a choice as to whether to administer the state tests to all of its students. What you may perceive as a lack of cooperation from your campus administration is not a choice. Keller ISD campuses follow Texas Education Code, which clearly states that there is no parental right to remove a student from a test. Parents have been misled by websites, Facebook posts, and emails as well as other information that chose not to quote the entire statute, but the law is clear:

TEC Sec. 26.010. EXEMPTION FROM INSTRUCTION. (a) A parent is entitled to remove the parent's child temporarily from a class or other school activity that conflicts with the parent's religious or moral beliefs if the parent presents or delivers to the teacher of the parent's child a written statement authorizing the removal of the child from the class or other school activity. A parent is not entitled to remove the parent's child from a class or other school activity to avoid a test or to prevent the child from taking a subject for an entire semester.
(b) This section does not exempt a child from satisfying grade level or graduation requirements in a manner acceptable to the school district and the agency.

A district must administer the state test and there is no opt-out from the state assessments. Our desire is to work with parents and the community to create support structures for our students and make testing as limited and minimally invasive as possible. Additionally, we seek to use the information we gather to improve our delivery systems and serve each child better and more specifically to meet needs identified in the assessments.

Keller ISD also looks to employees, parents, and the community to join together and limit distractions for our students. Below is a list of upcoming testing dates. On these dates, we ask that individuals refrain from making requests of Keller ISD campuses and limit visits to the schools. The District does its part each testing season by ceasing any mowing or general construction around the campus, and asking all non-campus employees to refrain from sending emails, calling, or scheduling meetings with staff on those days. 

It's the goal of Keller ISD to maintain a calm and secure environment so students are in the best possible position to succeed during test days, and the District wants to be responsive to their needs. 

Upcoming state testing dates and the campuses that are affected include: 

Monday, March 31 – All High Schools 

Tuesday, April 1 – All Campuses 

Wednesday, April 2 – All Campuses 

Monday, April 21 – All High Schools 

Tuesday, April 22 – All Campuses 

Wednesday, April 23 – All Campuses 

Thursday, April 24 – All High Schools 

Monday, May 5 – All High Schools 

Tuesday, May 6 – All High Schools 

Wednesday, May 7 – All High Schools 

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