Amid Anti-Testing Furor, a Focus on High School Courses

Following backlash over the rocky institution of a new student assessment program last spring, Texas lawmakers are scrambling to scale back the testing system they passed four years ago. As the Legislature tackles such reform, attention has also focused on another area of education policy: high school graduation requirements.

Wrapped up in legislation that reduces the number of state-mandated standardized exams are several measures that redefine the curriculum prescribed for a high school diploma in favor of loosening the required courses for graduation.

The plans have received the endorsement of superintendents and public school educators, who say the new flexibility ...

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