FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2017
AUSTIN, Texas — Today, State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) filed Senate Bill 463, which allows for the continued use of Individual Graduation Committees. SB 463 gives students who fail one or two STAAR exams, but otherwise meet all other graduation requirements, a path to graduation.
"I am proud to author SB 463 to remove the Sunset date that was included in SB 149 last session. This bill ensures that deserving students who have passed all of their courses and demonstrated that they are prepared for college or the workforce will graduate from high school. We have seen that schools use this provision judiciously, and we have heard real life examples of students whose futures were ensured because they had the option of consideration by a graduation committee. Many of these students have gone on to universities, community and technical colleges and entered the workforce with great success. I emphatically maintain that a single test cannot determine a person's ability to effectively pursue postsecondary ambitions," said Seliger.
Senator Seliger has been a leader on public education policy issues since his election to the Texas Senate in 2004. During previous sessions he played a key role in the reduction of end of course exams and the creation of a new graduation plan as a member of the Senate Education Committee.