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Senators examine testing, curriculum overhaul

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By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state Senate Education Committee will assess implementation of a new law overhauling high school curriculum and cutting the number of standardized tests students must pass.

Members on Monday plan to discuss the redesign of the state-mandated exam in English reading.

They also will take a closer look at the progress of applying the law taking effect in September which drops a requirement that most high school students take algebra II.

It's designed s to give youngsters more flexibility to focus on vocational training, rather than just college prep.

It also cut from a nation-high 15 to five the number of standardized tests students must pass to graduate high school.

That grew out of widespread complaints from students, parents, teachers and school administrators of "over-testing" in Texas classrooms.

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