Senate Panel Approves Bill Reducing Testing

Senate Panel Approves Bill Reducing Testing

The Senate Education Committee has voted to refer to the full chamber a measure to reduce the number of standardized tests Texas students must pass to graduate from high school.

The bill would cut the number of standardized exams that students must pass to earn their diploma from 15 to five.

The House Public Education Committee passed a similar measure last week, sending it to the full lower chamber for consideration.

The current law required most high school students to take and pass 15 exams.

This has generated criticism from students, parents, teachers, and school administrators.  The concern is that they are over-testing young people.