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WFISD School Board to Vote on 15 Percent Rule

Under the STAAR testing, freshman would have to take standardized test in the four core subject areas.  Their score on that test would make up 15 percent of their final grade in the respective classes.
    More than 400 of the state's 12-hundred school districts have put the brakes on implementing what's known as the 15 percent rule to freshman high school students' end of year class averages.
    Denise Williams, WFISD director of assessment, says, "At the end of the course they will take a cumulative test.  The score of that test is to count 15 percent of their overall grade."
    Texas Education Agency officials offered districts the option of waiving the rule this year.
    "School districts were allowed to take advantage of a one-year waiver not to use that 15 percent rule this year, but that's probably not going to be the case in years to come," Williams says.
    Williams says there are still many questions left unanswered about the rule.
    "Is it going to help or hurt the grade point average?  Is it going to make students look less attractive to colleges and universities when they're looking at entrance criteria?"
    And that's why district officials recommended the school board adopt the waiver.
    School districts have until May 1st to notify the T.E.A. if the districts decide to delay the rule.
    WFISD School Board members will vote whether to apply the resolution to waive the 15 percent rule at their meeting Monday night.
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