High School Students Will Take Fewer State Tests

Jack Buxkemper is among a group of Texas high school students who can claim a dubious distinction.

A rising junior in Ballinger Independent School District, he will have taken standardized exams in more subjects than any of his older or younger classmates by the time he graduates. He had what many parents, including his own, would call the misfortune of being in ninth grade during the spring of 2012, the year the state rolled out a rigorous, controversial — and now discontinued — end-of-course exam policy.

The policy was a result of a testing system lawmakers approved four years ago, with the ...

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