Bid to Ease Testing in Lower Grades Comes With Caveat

Despite sharply reducing state testing requirements for Texas high school students, the 83rd Legislature brought only conditional relief from high-stakes exams for students in lower grades, who take a total of 17 state tests before going to high school.

For parents and educators who want less time spent on state exams in elementary and middle school classrooms, hopes are pinned on the new legislation, but with a big caveat: it is likely that Texas must first obtain a No Child Left Behind Act waiver from the federal Department of Education.

The act requires states to test public school students in ...

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