House Bill: Less Testing Requirements to Receive Diploma 3/29/13
CBS 7 News
March 29, 2013
Odessa, TX - High School graduation is a long awaited moment, but the process to get there could soon change.
House Bill 5 overwhelmingly passed Tuesday after 8 hours of floor debate.
The Texas House pushed through a plan that would eliminate all but five of the end of course exams required to graduate. As of now, high school students must pass 15 to get their diploma.
The bill will also streamline curriculum paths for students who want to go straight into the workforce.
"The Texas education system has become one-size-fits-all and we have to move away from that because when you graduate from high school it's not a one-size-fits-all world,” said Dr. H.T. Sanchez The Interim Superintendent for The Ector County Independent School District.
Some lawmakers and business leaders worry the bill would lower standards, because requirements exclude Algebra II to graduate.
Many critics also say the bill is avoiding accontability and not pushing students to their full potential.
“If we are left your own devices then we're just going to decay,” said Odessan Tim Marshall, “We have to go to a higher standard.”
Lucas Munoz is a junior, and has a college game plan. He says he doesn’t mind the testing because it measures his sucess.
“You can't just do the work and not show what you've done,” he said.
“We need to be teaching them not just testing,” said Chuck Isner with The Texas State Teachers Association. He supports the bill saying both the teachers and students are burnt out with tests.
“If testing created smarter kids then weighing pigs would make them fatter,” he joked.
“In the end what end are we educating students for? A test?” Sanchez asked, “We need to drive the nation and the state’s economy and build a better community.”
The Senate is expected to discuss their adaptation of the proposal as early as next week.