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Most Students Granted Waivers Under New Policy
Date:  11/19/2015
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Most Students Granted Waivers Under New Policy

86.4 percent of students who failed exit level tests still graduated

AUSTIN, TX— The Texas Association of Business (TAB) surveyed the top 100 school districts to discover the percentage of students who were allowed to graduate without passing all exit-level tests. Seventy-eight of the top 100 districts responded to requests for information. The survey found that 86.4 percent of students who failed up to two exit-level tests were granted a waiver to graduate by school district committees.

“These numbers go against the claim that we are preparing our students for a career or college after high school, “ said TAB CEO Bill Hammond. “By not holding students to a higher standard, we are doing them and the entire state a disservice.”

The numbers show almost every district (75 of the 78 responding) had an approval rate of over 50 percent. Twenty-three districts had a 100 percent approval rate. Only one district, McAllen, turned down every request.
 
“One thing to remember is that the passing standard on some of these tests is below 40 percent,” said Hammond. “Another thing to remember is that we stop testing after a student’s junior year, and there are plenty of chances for a student to retake tests before they graduate. It is unconscionable to allow our students to leave our public schools unprepared, yet that is what we are doing.”

Usually, students take the Algebra I, English I and biology exams their freshman year, English II their sophomore year and U.S. History their junior year. The passing standard for Algebra I and English I is a score of 37 percent.
Under SB-149, which passed earlier this year, students who fail up to two exit-level end-of-course exams may apply for a testing waiver to graduate if they meet all other criteria for graduation.

“Time and time again our students have shown they can meet challenges and do well. It is time that we stop being afraid of pushing our students to achieve more. A high school diploma is not a participation ribbon. Our education system should be about building a foundation for life-long learning and success,” said Hammond.

# # #

 

Rank

 

 

# of Students

 

 

ISD

 

 

Date

 

 

Rcvd Resp

 

 

Requests Made

 

 

Requests Granted

 

 

Percent Granted

 

 

Summary

 

 

 

48

 

25,252

 

McAllen ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/29/15

 

67

 

0

 

 

0.0%

 

2

 

157,575

 

Dallas ISD

 

6/29/15

 

9/15/15

 

961

 

178

18.5%

 

85

 

12,926

 

Wylie ISD

 

8/18/15

 

10/9/15

 

42

 

15

35.7%

 

28

 

39,209

 

Clear Creek ISD

 

7/13/15

 

7/16/15

 

16

 

9

 

56.3%

 

59

 

19,870

 

Beaumont ISD

 

7/31/15

 

8/19/15

 

85

 

50

58.8%

 

86

 

12,841

 

Deer Park ISD

 

8/19/15

 

8/27/15

 

18

 

11

61.1%

 

7

 

69,449

 

Fort Bend ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/21/15

 

164

 

107

65.2%

 

10

 

64,300

 

Aldine ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/16/15

 

273

 

182

66.7%

 

57

 

21,675

 

Goose Creek Consolidated ISD

 

7/16/15

 

10/12/15

 

60

 

41

68.3%

 

56

 

21,861

 

Galena Park ISD

 

7/16/15

 

7/22/15

 

66

 

46

69.7%

 

1

 

203,066

 

Houston ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/1/15

 

529

 

370

70.0%

 

15

 

54,394

 

San Antonio ISD

 

6/29/15

 

198

 

139

70.2%

 

61

 

19,205

 

Pearland ISD

 

7/31/15

 

10/15/15

 

44

 

32

72.7%

 

35

 

33,687

 

Spring Branch ISD

 

7/15/15

 

8/14/15

 

48

 

36

75.0%

 

54

 

22,628

 

Midland ISD

 

7/16/15

 

7/21/15

 

48

 

36

75.0%

 

81

 

14,330

 

Rockwall ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/24/15

 

4

 

3

 

75.0%

 

78

 

14,573

 

San Angelo ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/26/15

 

32

 

25

78.1%

 

5

 

86,528

 

Austin ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/20/15

 

112

 

91

81.3%

 

90

 

11,886

 

Clint ISD

 

8/19/15

 

38

 

31

81.6%

 

74

 

15,101

 

Crowley ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/10/15

 

77

 

63

81.8%

 

24

 

43,672

 

Socorro ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/20/15

 

90

 

74

82.2%

 

62

 

18,605

 

Harlingen Consolidated ISD

 

7/31/15

 

8/14/15

 

45

 

37

82.2%

 

14

 

55,659

 

Plano ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/1/15

 

17

 

14

82.4%

 

43

 

28,790

 

Lubbock ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/21/15

 

35

 

29

82.9%

 

69

 

16,626

 

Northwest ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/10/15

 

40

 

34

85.0%

 

47

 

25,278

 

Lamar Consolidated ISD

 

7/15/15

 

8/13/15

 

27

 

23

85.2%

 

33

 

36,076

 

Humble ISD

 

7/14/15

 

7/28/15

 

41

 

36

87.0%

 

52

 

23,711

 

Birdville ISD

 

7/16/15

 

7/23/15

 

31

 

27

87.1%

 

70

 

15,932

 

Hays Consolidated ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/28/15

 

33

 

29

87.9%

 

99

 

10,397

 

Georgetown ISD

 

8/19/15

 

9/2/15

 

25

 

22

88.0%

 

50

 

24,788

 

Laredo ISD

 

7/15/15

 

10/23/15

 

135

 

119

88.1%

 

36

 

33,412

 

Edinburg Consolidated ISD

 

7/15/15

 

8/10/15

 

78

 

69

88.5%

 

3

 

107,960

 

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/8/15

 

109

 

97

89.0%

 

63

 

18,393

 

Tyler ISD

 

7/31/15

 

8/24/15

 

47

 

42

89.4%

 

20

 

46,002

 

Klein ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/6/15

 

58

 

52

89.7%

 

17

 

52,664

 

Conroe ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/1/15

 

44

 

40

91.0%

 

55

 

22,503

 

Judson ISD

 

7/16/15

 

7/23/15

 

67

 

61

91.0%

 

44

 

28,533

 

Ector County ISD

 

7/15/15

 

10/12/15

 

69

 

63

91.3%

 

66

 

17,788

 

Weslaco ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/24/15

 

24

 

22

91.7%

 

13

 

58,151

 

Garland ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/13/15

 

205

 

188

91.7%

 

26

 

40,998

 

Killeen ISD

 

7/13/15

 

7/16/15

 

36

 

33

91.7%

 

95

 

10,884

 

New Caney ISD

 

8/19/15

 

8/25/15

 

27

 

25

92.6%

 

32

 

36,513

 

Spring ISD

 

7/14/15

 

8/25/15

 

94

 

78

93.0%

 

82

 

13,510

 

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/24/15

 

16

 

15

93.8%

 

53

 

23,070

 

Pflugerville ISD

 

7/16/15

 

7/23/15

 

32

 

30

93.8%

 

31

 

37,044

 

Richardson ISD

 

7/14/15

 

8/7/15

 

34

 

32

94.1%

 

19

 

49,655

 

Brownsville ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/13/15

 

112

 

106

94.6%

 

21

 

45,410

 

Alief ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/15/15

 

114

 

109

95.6%

 

22

 

45,034

 

Round Rock ISD

 

6/29/15

 

10/20/15

 

23

 

22

96.0%

 

40

 

32,564

 

Mansfield ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/28/15

 

28

 

27

96.4%

 

39

 

32,995

 

Amarillo ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/22/15

 

29

 

28

96.6%

 

23

 

44,376

 

Ysleta ISD

 

6/29/15

 

10/13/15

 

67

 

65

97.0%

 

83

 

13,079

 

Duncanville ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/19/15

 

35

 

34

97.1%

 

46

 

26,423

 

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/16/15

 

52

 

51

98.1%

 

16

 

52,942

 

Pasadena ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/15/15

 

110

 

109

99.1%

 

8

 

67,439

 

North East ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/1/15

 

43

 

43

100.0%

 

12

 

62,414

 

Katy ISD

 

6/29/15

 

7/7/15

 

31

 

31

100.0%

 

25

 

42,179

 

United ISD

 

6/29/15

 

8/4/15

 

105

 

105

100.0%

 

27

 

40,123

 

Frisco ISD

 

7/13/15

 

7/28/15

 

10

 

10

100.0%

 

29

 

38,678

 

Corpus Christi ISD

 

7/13/15

 

10/22/15

 

108

 

108

100.0%

 

34

 

34,770

 

Irving ISD

 

7/14/15

 

67

 

67

100.0%

 

37

 

33,309

 

Leander ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/27/15

 

7

 

7

 

100.0%

 

38

 

33,130

 

Keller ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/23/15

 

5

 

5

 

100.0%

 

49

 

24,845

 

Denton ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/31/15

 

36

 

36

100.0%

 

51

 

24,733

 

McKinney ISD

 

7/16/15

 

10/15/15

 

13

 

13

100.0%

 

60

 

19,505

 

Allen ISD

 

7/31/15

 

8/13/15

 

6

 

6

 

100.0%

 

65

 

17,817

 

Comal ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/24/15

 

21

 

21

100.0%

 

67

 

17,177

 

Abilene ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/24/15

 

17

 

17

100.0%

 

68

 

17,155

 

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/14/15

 

10

 

10

100.0%

 

72

 

15,611

 

Bryan ISD

 

8/6/15

 

8/6/15

 

36

 

36

100.0%

 

76

 

14,950

 

Harlandale ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/26/15

 

21

 

21

100.0%

 

79

 

14,546

 

Wichita Falls ISD

 

8/18/15

 

9/16/15

 

32

 

32

100.0%

 

80

 

14,402

 

Victoria ISD

 

8/18/15

 

8/31/15

 

16

 

16

100.0%

 

88

 

12,459

 

Southwest ISD

 

8/19/15

 

9/1/15

 

17

 

17

100.0%

 

89

 

12,016

 

Magnolia ISD

 

8/19/15

 

8/19/15

 

20

 

20

100.0%

 

93

 

11,199

 

Del Valle ISD

 

8/19/15

 

9/2/15

 

32

 

32

100.0%

 

94

 

11,125

 

Tomball ISD

 

8/19/15

 

9/10/15

 

6

 

6

 

100.0%

 

97

 

10,805

 

College Station ISD

 

8/19/15

 

8/20/15

 

8

 

8

 

100.0%

 

64

 

18,209

 

Alvin ISD

 

7/31/15

 

7/20/15

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

45

 

26,607

 

Grand Prairie ISD

 

7/15/15

 

7/30/15

 

90

 

Not all

6

 

83,109

 

Fort Worth ISD

 

6/29/15

 

84

 

13,060

 

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

 

8/18/15

 

4

 

98,110

 

Northside ISD, San Antonio

 

6/29/15

 

9

 

64,703

 

Arlington ISD

 

6/29/15

 

11

 

64,214

 

El Paso ISD

 

6/29/15

 

18

 

51,920

 

Lewisville ISD

 

6/29/15

 

30

 

38,287

 

Mesquite ISD

 

7/13/15

 

41

 

31,634

 

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD

 

7/15/15

 

42

 

28,965

 

La Joya ISD

 

8/6/15

 

58

 

21,570

 

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

 

7/15/15

 

71

 

15,680

 

Mission Consolidated ISD

 

8/6/15

 

73

 

15,329

 

Waco ISD

 

8/6/15

 

75

 

15,012

 

Eagle Pass ISD

 

8/6/15

 

77

 

14,940

 

Donna ISD

 

8/18/15

 

87

 

12,551

 

Brazosport ISD

 

8/19/15

 

91

 

11,863

 

Edgewood ISD

 

8/19/15

 

92

 

11,387

 

San Benito Consolidated ISD

 

8/19/15

 

96

 

10,839

 

Rio Grande City Consolidated ISD

 

8/19/15

 

98

 

10,676

 

Coppell ISD

 

8/19/15

 

100

 

10,381

 

San Felipe-Del Rio Consolidated IS

 

8/19/15

 

 

86.4%

 

 

Average number of requests granted for all districts reporting (78)

 

 

23

 

 

Number of districts reporting 100% approval of requests (29% of all schools reporting)

 

 

75

 

 

Number of districts reporting greater than 50% approval of requests (96% of all schools reporting)

 

 

1

 

 

Number of districts reporting no approved requests (none out of 67)

 

 

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