Ed comm. defers test as part of student's grades

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has deferred the requirement for schools to count new end-of-course exams as 15 percent of a student's grade this school year.

Williams made the announcement Friday after Gov. Rick Perry suggested the deferral. Perry appointed Williams in August.

Parents and many conservatives have complained about the new standardized STAAR test that came into use for the first time last year. Under a new testing regime, students must pass the exams at the end of each semester in order to graduate from high school, and for the first time the exams were to count as part of a student's grade.

Teachers and parents complain they have not had enough time to adapt to the new system and test results were not part of grades last year.

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