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Top Stories: STAAR Results May Not Count Against Harvey-Affected School Districts

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Martin do Nascimento
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KUT News
Hurricane damage last year in Refugio.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

As students across the state continue STAAR exams Thursday, the head of the Texas Education Agency has announced he may not count the test scores against annual ratings for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Mike Morath announced that at Wednesday's meeting of the state board of education. He cited student and staff displacement, as well as school facility closures and disruptions, as reasons behind the decision.

School administrators in Harvey-affected districts for months have asked the TEA to waive school accountability ratings. They're mostly based on how students perform on state standardized tests.

A final decision on whether to implement a Harvey-related waiver won't be made until June.

Other stories this morning:

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:23 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.