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Lawmakers Might Address Graduation Hurdles

Students in Yvonne McDaniel's English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participated in English-language exercises during summer school at McCallum High School in Austin on July 31, 2013.
Students in Yvonne McDaniel's English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, class participated in English-language exercises during summer school at McCallum High School in Austin on July 31, 2013.

If roughly 47,000 high school seniors in December fail a final chance to pass the state exams required to earn a diploma, their last shot at graduating with their peers in the Class of 2015 may depend on the quick movement of state lawmakers.

Lawmakers Examine High-Stakes Testing in Lower Grades

When it comes to high-stakes testing, Texas lawmakers have so far focused most of their attention on high school students. But as the state’s ninth- and 10th-graders currently await consensus from legislators on key proposals that would reduce the number of exams they must take to graduate from 15 to as few as five, some members of the Legislature are examining the plight of younger test-takers.