Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams announced Nov. 30, 2012 that he is deferring implementation of the 15 percent grading requirement for the 2012-2013 school year. Under the rule connected to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course examinations, a student’s score on the STAAR end-of-course exams would count 15 percent of the student’s final grade in each tested subject area.
“Deferring the 15 percent rule for this school year relieves some of the pressure being felt in Texas districts as we continue the transition to a more rigorous accountability system,” Williams said. “This deferral also allows the Texas Legislature ample opportunity to address the various issues and concerns that have been expressed about implementation of the new system.”
Williams did not require districts to report to TEA whether they would defer implementation of the provision. However, the vast majority of districts did defer the 15 percent rule when then Commissioner of Education Robert Scott offered them that option during the 2011-2012 school year.
The link below provides a list of those districts that have notified the agency that they deferred the 15 percent provision for the 2011-2012 school year. If a district has notified the agency that it plans to implement the grading policy in the 2011-2012 school year, that is noted.
Districts deferring the 15 percent grading requirement (as of June 1, 2012 deadline)