Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2013
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Van de Putte on passage of House Bill 5

(Austin) — Tonight, both the Senate and House adopted the conference committee reports on House Bill 5, the omnibus public education bill reducing the number of end-of-course exams and providing flexibility in curriculum requirements for high school diploma plans. Senator Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio (District 26) issued the following statement:

"I want to commend the entire Legislature for pulling back on the high-stakes End of Course exams," said Senator Van de Putte. "From the beginning of this discussion, I have consistently stood by my belief that rigor lies in curriculum, not in the tests. And while I am supportive of accountability, I do not agree that if we don't test it then our teachers won't teach it.

"We had great discussion both in committee and in the Senate regarding rigor of curriculum. I really appreciate the default of 26 credits that include four years of math and four years of science and that we have built in flexibility for how that rigorous curriculum is taught."