In its present form HB 3 is set to alter the way
Gone, for instance, is the required retention of students who cannot for the life of them pass standardized tests. If they fail to pass, the issue is put under review to analyze the causes and to come up with solutions.
Gone, as well is the “minimum” label for the diploma given to students who take fewer courses. It’s now called “Standard.” For the most part, though, little change is made to what these courses are. There is lots of new language, though that suggests that these students are on a track toward auto repair.
Or beauty school.
The new “Texas Diploma” is the term used for the present “Recommended Plan,” and “Advanced“ is the term to be applied to “Distinguished Plan..” Very few course changes are made for these as well. One notable change is that the 4x4 plan, the plan that requires taking 4 years of math, English, social studies and science, is pared back a little. Four required sciences drops to three.
And obviously, the Texas Diploma and Advanced program are for the college bound.
And more than before.
More in that the schools must certify that the students bearing these diplomas are really and truly ready for college.
Because as it stands right now, some of them are not.
Here is the language in the bill:
(e-1)AAA school district shall provide an endorsement of college readiness on the transcript of a student who has completed a Texas Diploma or advanced high school program and has demonstrated the performance standard for college readiness as provided by Section 39.024 on the Algebra II and English III end-of-course assessment instruments. A district shall provide an endorsement of postsecondary readiness on the transcript of a student who has completed a Texas Diploma or advanced high school program and has demonstrated the alternate performance standard as provided under
Section 39.0243. The State Board of Education shall adopt rules as necessary to administer this subsection.
Like that? Not only must a school sign off on whether a student will be successful in college, but also the method by which this determination is made is clearly spelled out: passing two end-of-course tests.
Man, talk about a test with momentous consequences.
Fail the English III EOC? Off to
Really, there isn’t anything in there that requires that a college or university turn away an applicant because their transcript lacks the school’s college readiness endorsement. That would be bad for business (right
That’s one thing about