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Perry: Defer 15 percent rule
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Dec 3, 2012, 10:29

Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday sent a letter to Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams asking him to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade. The governor also applauded Sen. Dan Patrick for filing legislation to give school districts permanent flexibility.
“This week we received the excellent news that our state’s graduation rate ties for the nation’s third best. As you know, this accomplishment did not happen by accident, nor did it happen overnight. The state of Texas has set the bar for a standard of excellence and our school districts, teachers, parents and students have worked together to meet the challenges of our rigorous standards,” Gov. Perry said in his letter. “While we must continue to adhere to our state’s accountability system, we must also recognize the importance of local control. That is why I am asking you to defer until the 2013-14 school year the requirement that an end-of-course assessment count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade.”
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