House Bill Could Ease HS Graduation Requirements

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The House has approved a plan that would ease graduation requirements for high school students.

The plan, approved Wednesday, changes a requirement that a series of end-of-course tests count 15 percent of a student's grade and toward graduation requirements.

But, the House agreed to allow school districts to determine how much test scores would count toward the student's final grade. Students would be required to pass four of the 12 end-of-course exams -- including in algebra II and English III -- to graduate.

The new testing system, called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, goes into effect next year.

Critics, including the Senate education leader, argue that the House plan would allow students to fail eight end-of-course exams and still graduate from high school.

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