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Summary: HB 2058 allows 16-17 year olds who are under the juvenile probation department's supervision or are enrolled in certain programs to take a high school equivalency test online. Under current law, students in this situation are unable to take the test online if they are under 18 years old. This legislation seeks to provide the online testing permission in anticipation that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) may move towards online testing for all exams in the future.
Analysis: HB 2058 is an administrative bill that provides more efficiency for completing testing requirements while maintaining uniformity in administering the exams. This increases individual liberty for a class of people who are otherwise prevented from taking a high school equivalency test online. This also allows those individuals to take personal responsibility for their own education at a younger age than current law allows. We recommend the Legislature support HB 2058.