No free pass for 5th- and 8th-graders taking state tests

Apr 3, 2013 by

Texas students in fifth and eighth grades no longer will get a free pass on the state’s standardized exams.

Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced Tuesday that those students will have to pass the tests to be automatically promoted to the next grade level. Students had been given a one-year break from the requirement last year during the transition to a new testing system.

Under law, Williams had to certify that the state had enough money in the budget for remedial education to help the students who failed. Williams signed off that the $41 million that lawmakers appropriated for the so-called Student Success Initiative was adequate.

State law allows a school committee to promote students if they fail the tests but meet other standards. The most recent data available show that 1.2 percent of students statewide in fifth and eighth grades – roughly 8,400 students – were retained, according to the Texas Education Agency.

via No free pass for 5th- and 8th-graders taking state tests – Houston Chronicle.

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