Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements (legislative revisions in summer 2009) apply to the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grade 5 and the reading and mathematics tests at grade 8. As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests or by unanimous decision of his or her grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level after additional instruction.
Students in these SSI grades have two opportunities to pass the required test(s) within the school year and a third (and final) opportunity to pass the necessary assessments during late June as indicated on the approved Texas Education Agency testing calendar.
The goal of the SSI is to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be academically successful in reading and mathematics. This effort depends greatly on schools, parents, and community members working in partnership to meet individual student needs.
A number of resources are available on the Texas Education Agency website at the following link:
If you have questions regarding the Student Success Initiative, please contact your child's counselor at his or her campus.