SSI Grade Placement Committee
SSI Grade Placement Committee Information
The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was created by the Texas Legislature to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support they need to be successful in reading and mathematics.
The SSI grade advancement requirements apply to the grade 5 mathematics and reading tests and the grade 8 mathematics and reading tests. As specified by these requirements, a student may advance to the next grade level only by passing these tests.
Students have three opportunities to meet the passing standard on each of the tests and will receive additional instruction after each testing opportunity on which they do not meet the standard. A GPC, consisting of the principal, teacher, and parent or guardian, meets when a student has not met the passing standard after two testing opportunities and is responsible for determining the accelerated instruction the student needs before the third testing opportunity. A student who does not meet the passing standard after three testing opportunities is automatically retained.
Students subject to SSI requirements include those served by special education who take STARR, STARR (Accommodated), or STARR–Modified (STARR–M). The ARD committee will determine which assessment, STARR, STARR (Accommodated), or STARR–M, is appropriate for the individual student in each SSI content area and grade level and will make all decisions involving accelerated instruction and promotion.