AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The State Board of Education has begun discussing how to implement a sweeping new law overhauling high school standardized testing and curriculum requirements.
Approved by the Legislature in May, the measure eases some college prep requirements and is designed to create flexibility for those students who want to focus on career training.
But the board must decide what courses count toward the new standards. Can youngsters take robotics rather than traditional, upper-level science courses, or statistics instead of Algebra III?
Some educational groups have also urged members to include speech training in the new standards.
The board met Thursday to begin debate, but will take months to compile the finished curriculum.
The new law also cuts the number of standardized tests required for high school graduation from 15 to five.
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