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Governor Perry Signs House Bill 5 into Texas Law

Governor Perry Signs House Bill 5 into Texas Law

House Bill 5 will reduce the number of standardized tests.

Early this week, Governor Rick Perry signed a series of education reform bills into law, which address workforce, career and technology education and the call for distributing information regarding employment opportunities to students.

One significant policy under House Bill 5 reduced the amount of end-of-course exams (EOC) students need to pass in order to graduate from 15 down to 5. It also decreases the tests’ influence on how Texas rates their schools and school districts. Additionally, HB 5 policy aligns classes and curriculum to students’ career goals rather than standardized testing.

Gov. Perry went on to explain that House Bill 5 maintains the high standard work ethic and learning experience in the class room, while limiting testing requirements for graduation.

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Submitted by Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Student Ambassador

Photo Courtesy: San Antonio Independent School District