From The Dallas Morning News, by Robert T. Garrett, 11/19/15 –
Ely del Rosario, 11, works on her multiple reading words and locating words in a dictionary exercise with Lauren Iden, her Developmental Program teacher at Spring Creek Elementary School in Dallas on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Lauren is helping her prepare for the new State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness Test, or (STAAR) (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)
Updated at 10:59 p.m.: Revised to include comments from Sen. Kel Seliger.
AUSTIN — More than seven of every 10 Texas high school seniors who applied for a special waiver this year won permission to graduate, despite failing one or two of the five required end-of-course tests, according to a new survey.
The Texas Association of Business, the state’s leading business lobby, asked the largest 100 school districts about waiver applications.
Seventy-eight districts responded, saying 5,578 of their students who failed one or two exit-level tests petitioned them for permission to graduate anyway. School district committees granted a waiver to 3,974 — or 71 percent — of applicants, the association said Thursday.
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Sen. Kel Seliger
From The Dallas Morning News, By Terrence Stutz, 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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