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At an administration gathering in Austin, Texas, Michael Williams, Texas Education Commissioner announced that he would defer a rule requiring state end-of-course-exams to count for 15 percent of high school students grades.
Williams explained that improving the academic performance of Hispanic and African-American students has become a priority in his time leading the agency. His goal is to give more credence to how schools are closing the achievement gap between white, Asian, Hispanic, and African-American students, but also students from underprivileged and low socioeconomic backgrounds.
For more information, please see The Texas Tribune, TEA Chief Will Defer 15 Percent Rule by Morgan Smith