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Texas Senate bill would allow wiggle room on graduation requirement

Sen. Kel Seliger

Sen. Kel Seliger

From The Dallas Morning Newstutz,  03/09/15 –

AUSTIN — The Senate is poised to approve an exemption that could let thousands of high school seniors graduate from high school despite failing end-of-course exams.

It’s based on a plan used in lower grades. And there, the result has been that most students who cannot pass state exams face little or no consequences.

State law requires that students pass an exam in fifth and eighth grades to move to the next grade. But nearly 9 in 10 Texas students who failed the STAAR in the fifth and eighth grades were still promoted in the fall of 2013, state figures show, because of the waiver provision that senators want to copy for high school tests.

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