Texas House Passes Bill That Reduces "End of Course" Exams

State Representatives passed a bill Monday that lowers the amount of "end of course" exams from 15 to 5. House Bill 5 passed with 26 amendments on a 31 to zero vote in Austin yesterday. 

A Henrietta mother and son had a chance to voice their case against the STAAR exam last month to lawmakers. 5th grader Caleb Obermier told Texas senators he wasn't given enough time while taking the STAAR end of course exam. 

His mother, Kelly, who's been teaching for more than 20 years, says the level of difficulty and the length of the test is too much pressure for children as young as eight years old. House Bill 5 will now go to the senate, and if approved, will go to Governor Perry's desk for his signature.

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