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A Granbury High School Senior and her family says delayed STAAR test scores may keep her from graduating with the rest of her class.
“It’s like the grand finale of school,” explained 17 year old Abigail Webb.
Webb has been waiting for as long as she can remember to take part in the right of passage. Her parents have been anticipating her graduation ceremony too.
“It’s had me in tears several times; my daughter’s growing up, becoming a woman,” said Michael Webb, her father.
The 17 year old has posed for her senior photos. Her mother has mailed out her graduation announcements. But now the family doesn’t feel certain that she will be be able to walk across the stage on May 27th.
“All the other 50 [invitations] have been sent out. People from Colorado are coming,” said Jessica Thompson, Webb’s mother.
Thompson played a voicemail left by a Granbury High School counselor on her phone this week. In it, the counselor explained, “I would not plan on her walking on May 27th, just because we don’t have the results back from the testing company until the 2nd of June.”
Granbury ISD says the Texas education agency and its private testing company–Educational Testing Service–has informed Granbury ISD many STAAR test results won’t be available until June 3rd, after graduation
Webb has struggled with lupus this semester. She says she had to retake 2 STAAR tests in March due to walking pneumonia. The scores for her the makeup tests will come in about a week after graduation.
“She’s worked very hard for this. I’d hate to see her not get it over a week,” Thompson explains.
Granbury ISD is just one of many districts that have reported issues with STAAR testing. Lewisville ISD is now questioning student results, concerned tests were miscored.
“They shouldn’t have let the ball drop, honestly. It’s not them walking on the stage,” says Abigail.
Granbury ISD says it will evaluate all seniors who could be eligible to graduate with the approval of a graduation committee.
If students have passed at least 3 STAAR End of Course exams, a graduation committee evaluates their academic work as a whole. Parents and students in this situation should expect more information in early May.
“If students must retake a state exam in July, they may participate in a special summer graduation ceremony in August if they are successful,” the district explained in a statement.
Webb’s father says he’s hopeful he’ll be able to see his little girl don her cap and gown in May.
“Allow her that honor, to do what she has worked so hard to do.”
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