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Current law requires that individual graduation committees allow students to graduate if they pass the TSI benchmark for a corresponding Algebra I or English II class, that they previously failed. This requirement has an expiration date of September 1, 2017. This bill would remove expiration date to make the requirement permanent. .
SB 463 would also amend the Education code to establish a program that would determine if a student, who enrolled in the ninth grade prior to 2011-2012 and has failed required exams for graduation three times or more, may graduate with a high school diploma.
The bill requires the commissioner to adopt rules to administer these provisions and, in adopting the rules, to designate the public school district in which a student is enrolled or was last enrolled to make the decision regarding whether the student qualifies to graduate and receive a high school diploma and establish criteria for districts to develop recommendations for alternative requirements by which a student to whom these provisions apply may qualify to graduate and receive a high school diploma. A decision rendered by the district would be final and may not be