At Public Ed Hearing, "15 Percent Rule" Criticized

Parents, superintendents and students confronted lawmakers Tuesday over issues in the rollout of the state’s new standardized testing regime at a hearing of the House Public Education Committee. 

Discussion centered on a rule that calls for high school students’ end-of-course exams to count for 15 percent of their final grades, which will go into effect next year, with committee members largely agreeing with witnesses that the rule should be done away with.

The “15 percent rule” will probably be permanently reversed, said outgoing chairman Rob Eissler, R-The Woodlands, who lost his primary election in May.

“You’re preaching to the choir ...

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