Major Testing, Charter School Bill Approved by TX Legislature

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state Legislature has passed a wide-ranging overhaul of high school standardized testing and curriculum standards, while also dramatically increasing the number of charter schools in Texas.

Both chambers passed separate versions of bills on testing and curriculum requirements and charter school expansion. A compromise reached in conference committee reconciled the different versions and was approved Sunday in both chambers.

Gov. Perry is expected to sign it into law.

The agreement cuts from a nation-leading 15 to five the number of standardized tests high school students must pass to graduate. It also promotes flexibility in academic standards so as to give students more time for vocational training.

And a cap on the number of charter schools allowed to operate statewide will increase from 215 to 305 by 2019.

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