TEA Chief Will Defer 15 Percent Rule

At a Friday gathering of educators, school administrators and student assessment specialists in Austin, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced he would defer implementation of a rule that requires state end-of-course exams count for 15 percent of high school students' final grades.

The announcement, which earned a standing ovation in a crowded hotel ballroom, came a day after Gov. Rick Perry declared his support for such a change and as Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick, R-Houston, has filed legislation that would permanently leave the decision of whether to apply it up to local school districts.

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