Bill that permanently eases STAAR requirements moves to Senate


A bill that would allow students to graduate high school even if they don’t pass all state standardized tests has advanced to the floor of the Texas Senate.

To graduate from high school, students must pass five end-of-course State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. A bill in 2015 revised the requirement so that students who fail one or two of the tests could still graduate as long as they meet all other requirements, including passing all of their classes. A committee of the student’s teacher, principal and parents must give unanimous consent to his or her graduation. The provisions in the bill are set to expire in September.

The author of the 2015 bill Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, has proposed Senate Bill 463, which would keep the option of graduation committees in place permanently.

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