Texas Business Group Wants School Accountability Rules Eased

AUSTIN (December 12, 2012)—The Texas Association of Business called Wednesday for a dramatic rollback of the state’s new, tougher high school graduation standards amid outcry over the standardized test known as STAAR.

The TAB said Wednesday the state should scrap STAAR exams in world geography and world history that had been required for graduation.

The group also backs a three-year transition period giving current students a reprieve from STAAR's full consequences.

Students began taking STAAR last school year and the association has been among the exam's biggest supporters, maintaining that high academic standards are necessary to prepare Texas students for demanding future jobs.

Association President Bill Hammond acknowledged that the new plan could be seen as a retreat, but said "it gets us to where we need to be."

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