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Student Success Initiative (SSI)
Enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, the Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 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.
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.
Texas Education Agency SSI Webpage
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has developed a number of materials to help schools implement the SSI grade advancement requirements. These materials are available on the TEA Student Success Initiative (SSI) webpage in a format that facilitates downloading and editing for local use. Use the link in the right column to access the TEA SSI webpage.
When modifying these materials, schools should be careful to include all the components required by the grade advancement law and commissioner’s rules.
Shannon Abercrombie
ELAR Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5765
Abby Rayburn
Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5448
Cyndi Pina
Educational Specialist
(210) 370-5404

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