Perry: Delay STAAR Grade Requirement

AUSTIN (November 29, 2012)--Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he is asking his new education commissioner again to delay a mandate that requires that standardized test scores be factored into the final grades of Texas high school students.

Perry's request Thursday would extend a deferral of the so-called "15 percent rule" until the next school year that begins in fall 2013.

Under the rule, an end-of-course exam must count as 15 percent of a student's final grade.

The Texas Education Agency already gave ninth-graders a break from the requirement this school year.

Students, however, still must take the exam known as the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness.

“This week we received the excellent news that our state’s graduation rate ties for the nation’s third best. As you know, this accomplishment did not happen by accident, nor did it happen overnight,” Perry said in the letter.

“While we must continue to adhere to our state’s accountability system, we must also recognize the importance of local control. That is why I am asking you to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade,” Perry said.

Republican Sen. Dan Patrick, chair of the chamber's education committee, has filed a bill that would make the exemption permanent.

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