Student Success Initiative
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) grade advancement requirements apply to enrolled grades 5 and 8 students who take the STAAR reading and mathematics tests at grades 5 and 8. It was enacted by the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999 and modified by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009.
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.
A number of materials have been developed to help schools implement the SSI grade advancement requirements. These materials are available at this website in a format that facilitates downloading and editing for local use. When modifying these materials, schools should be careful to include all the components required by the grade advancement law and commissioner’s rules.
Waiver of the Student Success Initiative Promotion Requirements
In light of past and current impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, SSI promotion/retention and retesting requirements have been waived for the 2020–2021 school year.
Student Success Initiative Educator Guide
Use the link below to access the SSI Educator Guide:
Student Success Initiative Educator Guide (PDF posted 9/10/20)
Sample Forms and Letters
TEA provides Grade Placement Committee (GPC) forms and notification letters in both English and Spanish to help districts communicate with parents in their native language. Click on a link below to see a list of sample forms and letters for the selected grade and subject.
A Parent Guide to the Student Success Initiative
Use the links below to access a specific SSI parent guide:
- Grades 5 and 8 SSI Brochure- English (PDF posted 06/16/20)
- Grades 5 and 8 SSI Brochure-Spanish (PDF posted 07/14/20)
The link below provides information about applying for an expedited waiver to adjust the timeline for accelerated instruction after the third administration:
For additional information, contact:
Student Assessment Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701