Texas 5th, 8th grade students get break on math tests

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Since implementing a new math curriculum has taken longer than expected, Texas students in the fifth and eighth grades won't have to pass the state's standardized math test in this school year in order to move to the next grade.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/1rtq8E0 ) reports that for the first time this year, students across the state will be learning under revised curricula in math that were adopted in April 2012 by the State Board of Education.

The Texas Education Agency says the curriculum became more rigorous this year as concepts shifted from one grade level to another. Students must take a revised math portion of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, that reflects the curriculum.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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