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Sep 9, 2013 5:28 PM by mmanzoni@kristv.com

Texas Changes Graduation Requirements

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The State Board of Education is making changes to its high school graduation requirements, something teachers and students alike said will allow for more classroom instruction time and better college preparation.

The Texas State Legislature passed a bill that will implement what its calling the "Foundation System." It will replace the minimum, recommended and distinguished graduation plans that are currently in place. In addition, the changes will require students to take fewer tests - down from 15 to five - throughout the course of their high school career.

Students will also have the opportunity to earn endorsements in particular disciplines by taking additional credits in those subject areas.

Teachers and students at W.B. Ray High School said the changes will ease stress levels while also allowing better preparation for the SATs and college.

The new system takes effect in the 2014-15 school year. The new testing requirements take effect this spring.

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