Morath apologizes for STAAR glitches, while an outbreak of COVID-19 is traced back to a campus testing site

Texas AFT has led the charge to #StopSTAAR.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath told State Board of Education members that the glitches crashing the online STAAR testing earlier this month for some 250,000 students were an “unacceptable challenge, given everything that folks have been through.”

“We at TEA are responsible for ensuring STAAR can be administered flawlessly, and we’ve failed to do that,” Morath said.

Meanwhile, Austin ISD’s Anderson High School saw a significant spike in COVID-19 cases (from 3 to 14 cases) after many students returned to campus for STAAR testing earlier this month. Some 93 other students were forced to quarantine after close-contact exposure. Texas AFT has been a leader in pushing the state to #StopSTAAR.

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