Bypass Around End-of-Course Exams Extended Two Years under SB 463

Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) won Senate passage Monday of SB 463, his bill to extend until September 2019 the state law allowing a student to graduate from high school without passing up to two end-of-course STAAR exams. Under this law, an individual graduation committee can be convened to determine whether the student has demonstrated proficiency in the subject by some other means, such as an alternative assessment, completion of a college-credit course, or completion of a portfolio of student work. Seliger originally had intended to get rid of any expiration date for the law, currently set to expire this September, but he settled for a two-year extension in the face of some resistance. The final passage of SB 463 in the Senate came on a strong 28-to-three vote.