Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott is deferring the requirement that new End-of-Course exams count as 15 percent of a student's final course grade, he said in a statement released Friday afternoon.
The modification of the requirement is for the 2011-2012 school year, Scott said. The end-of-course exams, known as EOCs, are part of the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program being implemented this year.
"For this school year, the ultimate decision whether to include end-of-course exam scores as part of course grades will be determined locally by school districts and charter schools," Scott's statement said.
End-of-course exams are in these subjects: Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, biology, chemistry, physics, English I, English II, English III, world geography, world history, and U.S. history. Students in ninth grade will be the first to begin taking these exams. Students in grade 10 and higher will continue with the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
Read more in an article by the Texas Tribune here.