AUSTIN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A bill, by Senator Lucio, Jr., supporting recent immigrant students to have adequate time in public schools before being required to take state mandated tests, has moved to the Governor's desk.
Senate Bill 377 provides immigrant students that have not been enrolled in a school for at least 60 consecutive days during the year will not be considered enrolled for purposes of taking state mandated tests, including the STAAR exams.
"Immigrant students face incredible challenges in public schools, particularly if they are students of limited English proficiency. In addition to lacking mastery of English, many have limited schooling prior to enrolling in Texas schools and thus have significant deficiencies in reading and writing. It is difficult for these students to learn English while also being expected to master subjects taught in the classroom. These difficulties are most pronounced when we ask students to perform on stressful high-stakes tests," said Senator Lucio.
The bill provides the Texas Education Agency guidance on when immigrant students are exempt from state exams.