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May 10, 2018      7:10 AM

Little-known provision in state law now opens door to diplomas for those who fail standardized tests

Instead of solely basing graduation on high-stakes tests, the program looks at “the whole spectrum of the educational experience that reflects the true academic achievement of these students…you can imagine how many students this will impact.”

A perhaps little-known provision wrapped into a bill on graduation requirements offers high school dropouts the chance to graduate with a diploma under individual graduation committees.

Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso, hosted a news conference in El Paso this week to publicize that students who had graduated with all their coursework under the TAKS testing program could return to school to earn a diploma without retaking a state-mandated test.

Sen. Rodriguez said the new provision would allow high school committees to assess a student’s full spectrum of school participation, academic achievement and test results.

By Kimberly Reeves

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