Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 6, 2013

Lawmaker to overhaul public school accountability

By Chris Tomlinson
Associated Press

AUSTIN — A powerful lawmaker has introduced a bill to overhaul the public school accountability and graduation system in Texas.

Killeen Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock's legislation would allow high school students to specialize in their coursework, overhaul the standardized test system and change how public schools are rated.

Aycock is the chairman of the House Public Education Committee and many of the recommendations are in line with suggestions from the Texas Education Agency.

Under the proposal, students could earn a special endorsement on their diploma after meeting certain basic requirements. They would also only have to take five tests instead of 15 to graduate. And schools would receive grades A through F based on more than just test results.

The public can comment on the proposal when it comes up in committee.