Contact Lt. Governor Dewhurst and Your Senator Today Asking Them to Support SB 3 and SB 1724
Immediate Action Needed!
The Texas Senate is scheduled to take up and consider two important bills (SB 3 and SB 1724) today that would make improvements to testing and graduation requirements. However, there is hesitation to debate these bills on the Senate floor. Please contact Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and your senator today urging them to take up and consider SB 3 and SB 1724.
Together these two bills:
- Reduce the overemphasis of high-stakes testing by reducing the number of required end-of-course exams from 15 to 7 (administered over 5 days). English I, English II, Algebra I, Biology, and U.S. History. Reading and writing will be combined into a single test result for English I & II, and will be taken on the same day.
- Eliminate the cumulative score requirement and the 15% rule.
- Create a single “foundation” diploma that will better prepare students for post secondary opportunities and allow them flexibility to earn endorsements in the following areas: Business & Industry, STEM, Arts & Humanities, or Distinguished.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (512) 463-0001
Urge your Senator to oppose any floor amendments that would:
- Increase the number of EOCs required to be administered, regardless of whether they count for graduation or “local diagnostic” purposes.
- Change any of the EOCs listed above to different EOCs that would be required for graduation purposes.
- Make the foundation program or endorsements more prescriptive and less flexible for students to pursue courses of interest.
Other features of SB 3 and SB 1724:
Creates a 26-credit “foundation” diploma consisting of:
- 4 ELA credits
- 3 math credits
- 3 science credits
- 3 social studies credits including U.S. History, government, economics
- 2 credits in same language other than English or 2 computer programming
- 1 P.E. credit
- 1 fine arts credit
- 0.5 credit speech and
- 8.5 elective credits