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This bill would allow students who repeated the ninth grade in 2011-2012 to take the SAT or the ACT as a secondary exit-level examination, in place of the TAKS test, to meet graduation requirements. The bill author's statement of intent provides useful background information as to the purpose of this legislation:
"A certain subset of students is unable to use the SAT or the ACT
as a secondary exit-level test to receive a high school diploma, which compels the maintenance
of the secondary exit-level test despite it having been replaced. S.B. 1005 seeks to address this
issue by giving the commissioner of education the flexibility to designate an alternate test for
these students, thus freeing the commissioner from having to maintain and administer the
secondary exit-level test."