Austin American-Statesman - Thousands of Texas high school seniors who may not graduate in May because they have not yet passed all their end-of-course exams came one step closer Tuesday to securing a reprieve.
After approving a few last-minute tweaks to the measure, the Texas House gave preliminary approval Tuesday to Senate Bill 149. The legislation would create a special graduation committee — made up of parents, teachers and principals — to determine whether a senior should be able to walk the stage despite failing up to two of five exams they currently must pass before receiving a diploma.
...The House vote, which was a voice rather than record vote, came the same day nearly 2 million elementary and middle school students took math, reading, science and social studies STAAR exams. Implemented in 2012, the testing system is more rigorous than its predecessor, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, or TAKS, test — hence the new-found problem Seliger has described as a “graduation crisis.”
“This is resolving a problem that we created,” state Rep. Dan Huberty said Monday. The Houston Republican sponsored Seliger’s bill in the House.