SummaryTexas Assessment and Accountability Reform
Texas lawmakers are committed to ensuring that nearly five million Texas students, who attend over1,200 public schools and charters, are college and career ready as they graduate from high school andmove into postsecondary life. As public stewards of over $40 billion in taxpayer monies, Legislators arealso committed to accountability and ensuring that investment is responsible and effective. This systemhas also provided a necessary tool to identify struggling students and respond with the neededintervention.Since implementation of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) system, validconcerns regarding how this tool is used, and whether or not it is a meaningful measure in the 21stcentury, have been raised by students, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, and business leaders.The recommended reforms remain committed to the importance of accountability, assessment and careerand college readiness but also recognize the various pathways to student success. Moreover, supportinglocal control by allowing local parents, teachers, principals and school districts the freedom to create themost successful learning experience for the nearly five million Texans they serve each day.
End of Course Exams and High School Graduation Requirements
Reforms the graduation requirements for Texas High School students from 15 to three exams.
Eliminates the cumulative score
Eliminates the 15 percent to account for a student's course grade
Eliminates remaining 10 End of Course exams for Texas High School Students
Prohibits the use of student performance on End of Course exams for Class Rank
Requires a student's satisfactory performance on the Scholastic Assessment Test, AmericanCollege Test, Advance Placement or International Baccalaureate exam to satisfy the End of Course exams as required for graduation
Requires a student's satisfactory performance in dual credit to satisfy the End of Course exams asrequired for graduation
Districts and high school campuses will be held accountable for student performance on threeEnd of Course exams, reduced from 15 End of Course exams
Suspension of accountability ratings for the 2013-2014 academic school year
Create additional indicators for the state accountability system that demonstrate academic andstudent achievement in areas other than state assessment. For example, career and technologycertification and licensure, ACT/SAT participation, AP/IB participation, dual credit andassociated degrees earned.