TAB objects to slashing standardized tests

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Updated: 3/25/2013 10:20 pm
The Texas Association of Business is not too fond of a bill that could dramatically alter the landscape of state education. 

House Bill 5 is making its way through the House this week. If it passes, the legislation would decrease the number of standardized tests required to graduate from a state high school from 15 to five. TAB President Bill Hammond said the bill won't prepare students for a competitive work force. 

"We need more students to graduate from high school career or college ready, otherwise, we're simply not going to be able to meet the needs of the employers in the future, and the jobs will leave the state of Texas if we don't have the educated workforce," Hammond said.

He said 162 amendments will be offered with the legislation when it is debated on Tuesday. 

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Liberty Seeker - 3/26/2013 1:21 AM
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Are "Special Education" and/or "Athletic" students tested EXACTLY the same as the others? If a S.E. student can't even fill in a circle, subsequently can't pass even one test, does the school still issue a worthless diploma that looks identical to one issued to the valedictorian (with the exception of a different student name)? If you let one LISD student graduate without passing all tests, then all diplomas from that school are equally worthless. I favor independently graded tests for each and every person within public school district buildings, including students & administrative staff. LISD teaches Pi "r" squared. Pie is round. Cobblers are squared. However I doubt using cobbler to calculate volume displacement is on any LISD test.
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