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House Public Education Hears Bills on Graduation and Assessment

On Tuesday, the House Public Education Committee met to hear HB 5 (Aycock) and several other bills relating to graduation programs, assessment, and accountability. When Chairman Aycock laid out HB 5 before the committee, he expressed concern about the 100,000 plus 10th graders who are at-risk of failing to meet the current graduation and assessment requirements if the Texas Legislature fails to take action. Vice-chairwoman Rep. Alma Allen noted that there were 103 people that had registered to testify on the bill.

Mary Ann Whitaker, Superintendent of Hudson ISD, testified in support of the bill on behalf of TASA. Whitaker provided insightful testimony on the bill's component that would create a community accountability system and shared suggestions with the committee on what might be included in that system other than test scores (e.g. dropout rates, student attendance, demonstration of college readiness, dual credit earned, etc.).

After 10.5 hours of public testimony all bills were left pending and the committee adjourned.