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Rep. Diane Patrick Files Bill To Reduce Number of Student Tests

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State Rep. Diane Patrick, an Arlington Republican, has filed school legislation that would reduce the number of end-of-course exams from 15 to 3.

In addition those exams could not be used for class rank or Texas college admissions.  Test results tied to student graduation would also change.

Rep. Patrick told KERA she’s concerned excessive testing and the way  test results are used will lead to students becoming discouraged and dropping out.

The bill is co-sponsored by San Antonio Democrat Leticia Van de Putte in the Senate.

Rep. Patrick provided the following summary of her legislation, HB 640 (below):

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Former KERA staffer Shelley Kofler was news director, managing editor and senior reporter. She is an award-winning reporter and television producer who previously served as the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.