Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 06, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

SENATE VOTES TO REDUCE EMPHASIS ON TESTING

AUSTIN —The Texas Senate today passed HB 5, which reduces the amount of testing and increases curriculum standards for public schools, with the full support of Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. The bill now returns to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

"We have reached the point at which testing is interfering with learning," said Senator Nelson. "This bill will allow students to focus on the curriculum, not just the test, while maintaining high standards. I believe our students will rise to our level of expectations."

HB 5 decreases the number of end-of-course exams to 5 from 15 and the maximum number of testing days to 21 from 90. The bill also changes graduation requirements for Texas students to require one "foundation" diploma as well as four "endorsements," including; Business and Industry, Arts and Humanities, STEM and Distinguished.

Differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill will now be discussed and agreed upon before being sent to the Governor for his signature.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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