HB5 Change Impacts Summer for Some WFISD Students

Wichita Falls school officials say the changes made to end of course tests under House Bill 5, which is now law, will begin immediately.

And that will mean fewer summer school courses, since the number of subjects tested has been reduced from 15 to 5.

School officials say the impact of that this summer will mean less time in class students who are sophomores.

"For them, that means they get more summer. We will start contacting our parents and students through parent link and personal calls. Campuses will begin that. We were to originally start on June 27. We will continue to have our summer school and it will serve the students in the main five area, the English I and II, Algebra, Biology and U.S. History. We will still have summer school for those students," explains Dr. Tim Powers, assistant superintendent of Wichita Falls ISD.

Summer school starts later this month.

Dr. Powers says the district is currently coming up with plans to help students better prepare for the remaining STAAR tests.

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