Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:10 PM
Updated: Nov 30, 2012 12:27 PM
AUSTIN - Schools will not be required to count new end-of-course exams toward a student's grade this school year.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams made the announcement today after the governor called for the deferral yesterday.
Parents and many conservatives had complained about the new standardized STAAR tests that started last year. Under a new testing regime, students must pass the exams at the end of each semester in order to graduate from high school.
The exams were set to count as part of a student's grade this year before the announcement was handed down.