State Law Requirements
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics.
Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 5 reading and math tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the STAAR grade 8 reading and math tests to be promoted to ninth grade.
What Happens at Grades 5 and 8?
Fifth and eithth grade students have three opportunities to pass the STAAR reading and math tests. If a student does not pass one or both tests, the school must give the student additional instruction after each testing opportunity, and the student must participate in that instruction. Parents will be notified if their child does not pass a STAAR test that is required for promotion. If a student has not passed after the second testing opportunity, a grade placement committee (GPC) is formed. The GPC, which consists of the principal, teacher and parent or guardian, will create an instructional plan based on the individual needs of the student.
Parents’ Role in the Process
A student who is unsuccessful on the STAAR reading and/or math test after the third testing opportunity will be retained automatically. However, the student’s parents may appeal the decision to have their child repeat the grade by submitting a request to the GPC within five working days of receiving the retention notice. The GPC may decide to promote a student to the next grade, but only if everyone on the committee agrees that the student is likely to succeed in the next grade. Even if the GPC decides to promote the student, the student must participate in the required additional instruction required by the GPC, even if the third testing opportunity is waived.
NOTE: For information about how the Student Success Initiative applied to student receiving special education services, check with the special education contact on campus.