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Survey: Waivers let thousands graduate from Texas high schools despite failed end-of-course exams

From The Dallas Morning News, by 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)

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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