Fifth- and eighth-grade students attending classes in hurricane-affected areas will have less stress if they do not pass their STAAR test on their second try due to a waiver.

"If they don't pass the second time, they don't have to take it a third time," State Rep. J.M. Lozano said. "The school district is allowed to determine on its own if they want to promote the student or not."

Lozano met with the head of the Texas Education Agency, who granted the special wavier in light of Hurricane Harvey. Lozano told 3News he requested a modification to the spring standardized testing that would take some pressure off already stressed students and educators.

"They're still dealing with the psychological and emotional trauma of displacement," Lozano said. "We shouldn't, as Texans, place that burden on them."

The decision for the spring semester STAAR waiver only affects students living in disaster declaration areas, from Nueces and San Patricio counties up to the Texas coast.

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