Austin, TX (Texas Tribune) — Texas high school students will soon take fewer standardized exams. Governor Rick Perry Monday signed House Bill 5 into law, ending weeks of speculation that he might veto the high-profile education legislation because of concerns that it would weaken high school graduation standards.
It reduces the number of standardized tests students take each year from 15 to 5. According to the Texas Tribune, both Perry and Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams had opposed the bill initially.
Starting with the 2014-15 school year, high school students will take a foundation curriculum of four English credits; three credits each in science, social studies and math; two foreign language credits; one fine arts and one P.E. credit; and five elective credits. Students would add a fourth science and math credit when they select one of five diploma "endorsements" in areas including science and technology, business and industry, and the humanities.
The current standards, which have been in place since 2006, require four years each science, English, social studies and math for all students.