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Texas Student
Success Initiative
 
 
 
Texas Student Success Initiative
 
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. Under the SSI grade advancement requirements, students are required to pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 5 mathematics and reading tests to be promoted to sixth grade. Additionally, students are required to pass the STAAR grade 8 mathematics and reading tests to be promoted to ninth grade. In addition to the SSI grade advancement requirements, state law mandates that high school students must not only meet all course requirements but also pass the STAAR end-of-course assessments in Algebra I, English I, English II, biology, and U.S. history to receive a diploma from a Texas public high school.

Students in grades 5 and 8 have three opportunities to pass the STAAR reading test and three opportunities to pass the STAAR mathematics tests. If a student does not pass one or both tests, the school must give the student additional instruction after each testing opportunity, and the student must participate in that instruction. Parents will be notified if their child does not pass a STAAR test that is required for promotion. If a student has not passed after the second testing opportunity, a grade placement committee (GPC) is formed. The GPC, which consists of the principal, teacher, and parent or guardian, will create an instructional plan based on the individual needs of the student.

To Prepare for Success

General
  • Early in the school year, review your child’s academic progress with his or her teachers to determine if extra help is needed in mathematics or reading.
  • Reinforce what your child is learning in school by asking questions about classroom and homework assignments.
  • Attend the school’s open house and parent-teacher conferences. Ask about activities you can do at home to improve your child’s skills.
  • Keep in contact with your child’s teachers throughout the year. If your child seems to be struggling, ask about tutoring programs or other forms of available assistance.

Mathematics
  • Encourage your child to talk about the steps used when solving a mathematics problem.
  • Ask your child questions about what is represented in the tables and graphs found in different sections of magazines and newspapers, such as the weather page.
  • Find ways to incorporate mathematics skills into everyday situations like comparing prices when shopping, budgeting money, calculating the amount of tax and tip, measuring ingredients for cooking, doing home repairs, and estimating time and distance when traveling.
Reading
  • Establish a daily reading time, when family members can enjoy their favorite book or magazine without the distraction of television. This will help your child realize that you value and enjoy reading.
  • Encourage your child to read a variety of materials, including stories, poems, plays, books, and newspaper and magazine articles. Look for opportunities to discuss what your child is reading, and find out what your child learned from the text. Suggest that your child make notes about unfamiliar words and concepts. Interacting with your child about what he or she is reading can improve your child’s ability to read “between the lines” and to make connections between reading and personal experience.
  • Help your child learn to use the reading resources available at home or at the library. Doing this will put your child on the road to becoming a better, more independent reader.
Resources
SSI Brochure (English)
SSI Brochure (Spanish)

If you have questions about the state requirements for SSI, please contact your school’s principal or go to TEA’s website at http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/ssi/
     
 
 
 
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