Texas students’ average score on the ACT college entrance exam has risen slightly and now matches the national average.
Results from end of course standardized tests show Texas students faring best in the areas of math and science, but falling considerably short in English and on the writing exam.
To graduate from a high school in Texas, students must first pass 15 standardized tests. But those requirements could soon change after an expected overhaul to the state’s education system.
The Texas House has approved and sent to the Senate a bill reducing standardized testing for elementary and middle school students.
Texas now appears ready to step back from the strenuous accountability policies it has long been a national leader in championing.
The Texas Senate isn’t going to debate the sweeping proposal to overhaul high school graduation requirements yet.
The Senate Education Committee has voted to refer to the full chamber a measure reducing the number of standardized tests Texas students must pass to graduate from high school.
Gov. Rick Perry says he supports taking a hard look at the 15 standardized tests Texas high school students are currently required to take for graduation.
The Texas Education Agency says the state could violate federal rules if lawmakers pulled funding for standardized testing.
A top business group called Wednesday for easing Texas’ tough new high school graduation standards amid widespread outcry over the set of standardized tests known as STAAR.
A state expert denied Monday that Texas made its latest standardized test too difficult, saying such exams have always gotten harder but that students still tend to improve their scores over time.
With an estimated 42-percent of new Texas community college students needing remediation, state business leaders are renewing their defense to keep the STAAR accountability system intact.