Socorro ISD 2021 STAAR/EOC Information
All districts in Texas are required to offer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®), for grades 3-8 and high school End-of-Course (EOC) assessments this year. Logistical constraints prevent the State of Texas from administering these assessments in remote or at-home settings. Therefore, in order to participate, a student must be physically present at school.
We recognize that, as parents, some of you may still feel that for health reasons coming onsite to test is not a viable option. In that case, we respect your decision to continue to participate in remote instruction, recognizing that in making that decision, your child will not participate in the STAAR or EOC assessments.
The Socorro Independent School District is committed to Keep SISD Safe, providing the safest environment possible for students and staff on our campuses.
The data from tests like STAAR and EOC can help us identify learning gaps and evaluate the impact of the pandemic on student learning. In an effort to inform student learning and instructional practices, we would like to offer the opportunity, for all students that qualify, to participate in the STAAR/EOC assessments.
Implications Grades 3-8
Please be assured that not participating in a STAAR assessment in grades 3-8 does not affect promotion or retention decisions as the TEA has waived all state-mandated consequences for students associated with not taking the assessment.
Implications High School Level Courses
Please know that not participating in EOC assessments for high school level courses does have implications for students since, under current law, students are required to perform successfully on EOCs to meet graduation requirements. Although many students may have future opportunities to take EOCs prior to graduation, we believe that it is important for students to participate in EOCs at the conclusion of the corresponding course.
More information will be coming from your child’s campus regarding details for participating in STAAR and EOC assessments this spring. Please reach out to campus staff if you have any questions regarding spring testing.
Información 2021 de Socorro ISD STAAR/EOC
Todos los distritos de Texas deben ofrecer las Evaluaciones de preparación académica del estado de Texas (STAAR®), para los grados 3-8 y las evaluaciones de fin de curso (EOC) de preparatoria. Sin embargo, las limitaciones logísticas impiden que el estado de Texas administre estas evaluaciones en entornos remotos o en el hogar. Por lo tanto, para poder participar, el alumno debe estar presencialmente en la escuela.
Reconocemos que, como padres, algunos de ustedes todavía pueden sentir que, por razones de salud, acudir a las instalaciones para realizar la prueba no es una opción viable. En ese caso, respetamos su decisión de continuar participando en la instrucción remota, reconociendo que, al tomar esa decisión, su hijo/a no participará en las evaluaciones STAAR o EOC.
El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Socorro se compromete a mantener la seguridad de SISD y proporcionar el entorno más seguro posible para los estudiantes y el personal en nuestras escuelas.
Los resultados de pruebas como STAAR y EOC pueden ayudarnos a identificar deficiencias de aprendizaje y evaluar el impacto de la pandemia en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. En un esfuerzo por informar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y las prácticas de enseñanza, ofreceremos la oportunidad, para que todos los estudiantes que califiquen participen en las evaluaciones STAAR / EOC.
Implicaciones Grados 3-8
Tenga la seguridad de que no participar en una evaluación STAAR en los grados 3-8 no afecta las decisiones de promoción o retención, ya que TEA ha renunciado a todas las consecuencias exigidas por el estado para los estudiantes asociados con no tomar la evaluación.
Implicaciones Cursos de nivel preparatoria
Tenga en cuenta que no participar en las evaluaciones EOC para cursos de nivel preparatoria si tiene implicaciones para los estudiantes ya que, según la ley actual, los estudiantes deben desempeñarse con éxito las evaluaciones de fin de curso EOC para cumplir con los requisitos de graduación. Aunque muchos estudiantes pueden tener oportunidades futuras de tomar EOC antes de la graduación, creemos que es importante que los estudiantes participen en EOC al finalizar el curso correspondiente.
Mas información vendrá de la escuela de su hijo/a con respecto a los detalles para participar en las evaluaciones STAAR y EOC esta primavera. Comuníquese con el personal de la escuela si tiene alguna pregunta sobre las pruebas de primavera.
Phased-in return to face-to-face instruction to begin February 1, 2021
Region 19 School System COVID-19 Campus Attendance Plan expires January 31, 2021
The Socorro Independent School District continues to monitor community health data to guide its Back to School SAFELY plans. Socorro ISD is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our students and staff and has diligently abided by the mandates of the Region 19 School System COVID-19 Campus Attendance Plan.
As per the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the plan is set to expire on January 31, 2021, marking a phased-in return to face-to-face instruction beginning February 1, 2021. The district will continue to honor the safety zone designation previously identified by parents. Students identified to return in the current safety zone will have the option to return to campus. All parents will continue to have the choice to keep their children learning remotely at home for the remainder of the school year, or can update their safety zone selection by communicating with their campus administration.
When the hospitalization rate changes to a different zone (Red = Above 20%; Orange = 19.9% to 15%; Yellow = 14.9% to 10%; Green = Below 10%), school leadership will communicate with parents who have chosen their children to be on campus in the current zone about the transition. Per TEA, there no longer will be learning pods on campus. Students whose parents chose for them to be on campus will be in classrooms with their teachers.
District employees who have been working remotely will return to their offices and classrooms by February 1.
Team SISD is committed to a safe return to on-campus instruction and, as with all COVID-19 plans, it is important to note that details may be subject to change pending the state of our local community health and new guidance issued by national, state, and local authorities.
2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan
The Texas Education Agency has approved the Socorro Independent School District’s 2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan. The plan includes the requirements that must be fulfilled to generate average daily attendance through asynchronous learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to read the SISD 2020-2021 Remote Asynchronous Instructional Plan.
Health safety tips from Team SISD high school mascots
As we transition to on-campus instruction based on guidance from the local health authority and the Region 19 School System COVID-19 On Campus Attendance Plan, Team SISD would like to remind the community on how to stay safe and help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Our high school mascots are being vigilant about safety procedures and helping us share actions you can take to stay safe, too! Watch the Team SISD mascot safety video here and see the infographics with helpful tips from our mascots. Be sure to follow and share the valuable information in the video and graphics! Together, we can Keep SISD Safe!
Learn how to Keep SISD Safe with Back to School Safely videos
The Socorro Independent School District is committed to help all SISD stakeholders be aware of the best ways to keep themselves and everyone in our community safe. Take a look at these Keep SISD Safe Back to School Safely videos on numerous topics, including social distancing, daily wellness, hand washing, social and emotional health, face coverings and more.
Click here to see the videos.
Education Rights and Responsibilities during COVID-19
Please see this information from the Texas Education Agency regarding the options parents have when returning to school.
Partners in Education Roster
Support our valuable Partners in Education! Here is a list of our educational partners you can support during these trying times. Order take out, buy a gift card or find other ways to support these cherished businesses and nonprofits who generously help our schools.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Socorro ISD has developed a list of questions and answers to openly share information and proactively answer questions regarding students and employees returning to school and work for the 2020-2021 school year. We know our stakeholders have many questions, and we will do our best to answer all in a timely manner, but we ask for your patience as our team continues to work through the many issues that must be addressed. Rest assured that we will update this list and communicate with you often as information becomes available and as we seek additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and local health and government officials.
Last Modified on March 26, 2021