A bill proposed in the Texas Senate could lead to sweeping changes in high school graduation requirements. It would have a huge impact on the number of standardized tests students must pass.
The measure was crafted by Amarillo State Senator Kel Seliger, who chairs the Senate Higher Education Committee. He says it would reduce the number of end-of-course exams in core subjects from 15 to five, "This puts electives back into High School where even the most rigorous academic programs, at the end of the day, leaves four elective credits in the more rigorous STEM endorsement."
STEM meaning science, technology, engineering and math, "...and the rest of the endorsements be they business and industry, humanities and human services have five electives."
He says the changes prepare students for college and the workforce.