AUSTIN - At the state capitol today, a conference committee will soon make final changes to a bill that limits the number of standardized test students must pass to graduate.
Currently, students must pass fifteen standardized tests in order to graduate. If this new bill is passed, that number would be reduced to five.
Texas lawmakers say they fear youngsters are being forced to take too many high-stakes tests and that some may drop out because of unreasonable expectations. Critics worry that this bill could weaken curriculum, leaving high school students unprepared for demanding jobs.
The Texas Senate unanimously passed the bill on Monday. The House-version was approved back in March, allowing students to earn diplomas without taking upper level math and science courses. The Senate-version requires students to take four years of math, but offers course flexibility.