From Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Governmental Relations
"The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced initial requirements regarding the assessment component of House Bill 5, recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry. The Texas Legislature passed HB 5 by more than a two-thirds majority, making the law effective immediately after the governor’s signature.
High school students are now required to pass five end-of-course exams, and TEA’s letter will help districts begin preparing for the new graduation requirements.
According to TEA’s letter:
- HB 5 requires reading and writing be combined and given in a single day. High school students who have to date passed English I or English II reading but not English I or English II writing (or vice versa) will still need to successfully complete the second test to meet graduation requirements.
- Assessments in Algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history have been eliminated from the testing requirements and will not be included in the July 2013 STAAR administration.
- End-of-course assessments will continue to be offered in Algebra I, English I, English II, biology, and U.S. history.
- Accelerated instruction is required for students who did not perform satisfactorily on end-of-course exams required for graduation under HB 5 (Algebra I, English I (reading/writing), English II (reading/writing), biology, and U.S. history).
- Accelerated instruction is not required for end-of-course exams in chemistry, physics, Algebra II, geometry, world history, world geography and English III."