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District says students should continue to attend summer school

On Friday, June 10, 2016, Texas school districts received a communication from Mike Morath, the Texas Education Agency’s commissioner of education, stating “as a result of ongoing reporting issues with our testing vendor, we will be removing student consequences attached to STAAR testing for grades 5 and 8 for the remainder of the 2015-16 assessment cycle.” That means that students in 5th and 8th grades will not pass/fail the current grade level based on STAAR results. It also means that 5th and 8th graders enrolled in summer school will not be administered the STAAR during the summer of 2016.

However, we will continue to expect your child’s attendance at summer school as it is our desire to provide a strong learning experience for your student so that he or she will be better prepared for the next school year. Students in summer school receive instruction that will include strategic learning activities based on their personal deficiencies. Moreover, summer school includes small student class sizes and increased technology.

Denton ISD has a strong belief that the teaching and learning experience in summer school provides the necessary response that is essential for student success beyond the measure of a state-mandated test. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child’s summer school principal.
To read a full copy of the letter released by Commissioner Morath, click here.