Texas is on the verge of reversing its steady march toward increased high-stakes testing and tougher graduation standards in public schools with the state Senate’s unanimous approval Monday of House Bill 5.
The legislation cuts the number of end-of-course exams students need for graduation from 15 to five. It also creates new diploma plans aimed at giving students more flexibility to pursue career training courses.
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Changes to Texas high school graduation and testing requirements
Current: 15 end-of-course exams, including Algebra 2, Physics and 11th-grade Reading and Writing
Senate: 5 end-of-course exams: Algebra, Biology, U.S. History, Ninth- and 10th-grade English (combined reading and writing)
House: 5 end-of-course exams: Algebra, Biology, U.S. history, 10th-grade Reading, 10th-grade Writing
Default Graduation Plan
Current: Four years English, math, science and social studies
Senate: Four years English, three years each math, science and social studies plus an endorsement, such as Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry or Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
House: Four years English, three years each math, science and social studies