81 percent of Class of 2015 has passed all exams

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Nearly one student in five in Texas

The challenges for the state’s new policy, which for the first time ties teacher assessments to student performance on standardized tests, could be just beginning.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Nearly one student in five in Texas' Class of 2015 is off-track to graduate - despite a dramatic reduction in the standardized tests now required to pass high school.

The Texas Education Agency announced Wednesday that 81 percent of next year's graduating class has passed all five exams now required. But that means 19 percent, or nearly 55,000 students, still haven't.

Amid an uproar of perceived over-testing, the Legislature last summer cut the number of standardized tests high school students are required to pass from a nation-leading 15 to five: Algebra I, English I and II, Biology and U.S. History.

Nearly 9 percent of those off-track need to pass just one exam, and the most-common is English II.

There will be three opportunities for resting prior to graduation next spring.

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