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