Shapiro Says TEA Can Waive STAAR Requirement

In the midst of ongoing anxiety over the implementation of the new state student assessment system, education leaders in the state Senate told the Texas Education Agency today that it had the power to waive a requirement that the new tests count toward 15 percent of high school students' final grades. (Download the letter to the left.)

Many school officials and parents have asked the agency for a delay of the exams' consequences for students. Thus far, the agency has said that it does not have the legal authority to modify the policies surrounding the 15 percent requirement, which ...

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