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.