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STAAR testing ceased April 6

The Texas Education Agency's vendor for online STAAR exams is experiencing statewide technical difficulties that have resulted in problems either accessing or completing the exams.

Because of the platform's issues, testing will not continue today. Lake Dallas ISD and other school districts will await guidance from the TEA tomorrow regarding how to proceed for today's STAAR exams and exams going forward.

Any students not testing today should remain in school. Students slated to test today can be picked up by parents, if desired, or have the option of remaining on campus until dismissal. Lunch is being provided for all students as they await parent checkout. Please check your student out through the appropriate channels. As soon as we receive additional information from the TEA, we will communicate those details with families.

The message below was sent by a TEA official to school districts in the state.

The purpose of this communication is to provide additional information regarding the April 2021 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) online administrations.

Earlier today, districts experienced connectivity issues with the STAAR Online Testing Platform (SOTP). ETS posted updates to the STAAR Assessment Management System dashboard every 10 minutes to keep districts apprised of the progress in resolving the issue. At this time, connectivity issues with the SOTP have not been resolved. Work is continuing, and an update with be provided no later than 5:00 a.m. tomorrow.

If your students have been able to access the test, they should continue testing. If your students have not been able to access the test, they should be dismissed from testing until the issue has been resolved.

If you have questions about the information in this communication, submit your inquiries to TEA using the Student Assessment Help Desk.