|A Question From a Teacher...|
"My school said it is only required to provide [accelerated instruction] services to students who failed the state assessment if they are in SSI grades (i.e., fifth and eighth grade). Is that true?"
The short answer is, no.
The long answer (is still no, but) it can be found in the 2015-2016 Student Success Initiative (SSI) Manual: "In 2009, the legislature passed House Bill 3, which supports the goals of SSI by strengthening the state’s accelerated instruction provisions for students in grades 3–8. Districts (and charter school! ed note) are now required to provide accelerated instruction to all students who do not demonstrate proficiency on STAAR. Whether they are in an SSI grade (grade 5 or 8) or a non-SSI grade (grade 3, 4, 6, or 7), students who do not meet the passing standard on STAAR must receive appropriate instructional intervention so that they will be able to make the academic progress necessary to do on-grade-level work at the next grade. Accelerated instruction might require participation by the student before or after normal school hours or at times of the year outside normal school operations."
This requirement can be found in statute here: Texas Education Code Sec. 28.0211(a-1) "Each time a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument administered under Section 39.023(a) in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, the school district in which the student attends school shall provide to the student accelerated instruction in the applicable subject area. Accelerated instruction may require participation of the student before or after normal school hours and may include participation at times of the year outside normal school operations."
I can see how it is easy for it to get lost between all the fifth and eighth grade math and reading SSI requirements. SSI is a doozy.