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TX Senate Extends School Rating Suspension

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    Texas schools would continue to get reprieve from the state rating system under a proposal moving through the Legislature.

    Texas schools would continue to get reprieve from the state rating system under a proposal moving through the Legislature.

    The state Senate voted 30-1 on Monday to advance a bill to extend a suspension of the system. The bill must still clear the House.

    The Texas Education Agency rates schools and districts based on standardized test scores and graduation rates.

    Last year, the agency assigned no new ratings due to problems with the implementation of a new testing system.

    The bill would extend that suspension through this academic year for schools that score poorly on the new tests. It allows ratings to go up but not down.

    Sanctions against schools currently listed as "Academically Unacceptable" would remain in place. And the bill would not affect the separate federal rating system.