Several Galveston County education officials hope a new law could help long-struggling students graduate from high school.

Santa Fe, Dickinson and Texas City school district trustees recently passed resolutions taking advantage of Senate Bill 463, which allows local committees to consider alternative graduation requirements for students who couldn’t pass one or two standardized tests.

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David Doe

There will ALWAYS be those that fail in life. To take those and change the rules so they don't fail only Lowers the bar. If we ever wondered why our children don't do as well as those in other countries this is it. Maybe a Participation trophy is in order here.

Rusty Schroeder

Why have standardized tests then? The districts train for the tests, that takes away from the basic principle of teaching a subject. Put the power of pass or fail back in the teachers hand or pen. Agree with the participation trophy comment, all that is missing is orange slices and juice boxes.

Ron Shelby

It does make you question the wisdom of this. We wouldn't want the achievement devalued as its a valuable indicator to businesses. How can an employer rely on the HS diploma, unless those granted under this law are specifically marked something like: "graduated under alternative evaluation".

Rusty Schroeder

Agreed Ron. What I hope this is not, is a way for districts to increase graduation rates and standings for the sole purpose of increased state funding.

George Croix

"But, to be a student who wasn’t able to graduate because you couldn’t pass one or two tests, it’s a big deal to have your high school diploma.”

It's an even bigger deal for that diploma to MEAN something.
It's supposed to signify an education achieved to a certain level tnhat others who get one also had to match.

If there simply must be an alternate set of standards, or lack of standards, then the certificate of achievement should NOT be the same as it is for students who did complete the work as prescribed.

I wonder how all those in favor would feel if, at their jobs, they did what they were expected to do and got the same recognition and raises as one who did not.

James Bowles

If yu do this the high school diploma will mean zero

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