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Opting Out of Standardized Tests

Learn what standardized tests are required for Texas public school students and the issues related to students opting out.

Standardized testing is required in Texas public schools by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or “STAAR,” program. This article explains the standardized tests required for each grade level, what federal laws, such as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state about opting out of standardized tests, and the consequences to a student for not completing the standardized tests.