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.