Texas high schoolers see relief from high-stakes testing rule

For a second year, Texas high schools will not be required to count new end-of-course exams as part of a student’s grade, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Friday, the Huffington Post reports. The decision comes after Republican Gov. Rick Perry suggested the requirement’s deferral and backed a proposal to allow school districts to individually decide whether to implement it. The new rule sets the results of tough new state exams to count for 15 percent of a student’s final grade.

“While we must continue to adhere to our state’s accountability system, we must also recognize the importance of local control,” Perry wrote in a letter to Williams, according to The Texas Tribune. The letter marks the first time the governor has publicly taken a stance on the issue…

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