Parents are breathing a little easier after Friday’s decision to suspend the 15% rule that would have affected student grade point averages.

Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced the 15% grading requirement for the end-of-course (EOC) assessment would be deferred for one year on the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STARR) program.

The decision came last week after many parents and educators complained about the lack of guidance regarding EOC scores as 15 percent of the course grade.

“The law still requires students that are first entering the ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year to achieve a cumulative score on the end-of-course assessments to complete their graduation requirements. Districts and charters choosing to defer implementation of the 15 percent requirement for the 2011-2012 school year will only need to notify TEA of that decision. Districts and charter schools will receive instructions from the agency regarding this policy change next week.” stated Scott.

Read the entire news released issued by TEA.
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