AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a much-watched high school curriculum overhaul that cuts the number of standardized tests students must pass to graduate from 15 to five.
The measure is designed to give more flexibility to youngsters who want to focus on career training, not just college-prep courses. But amid a major backlash from students, parents and teachers about too much testing, it also slashes the number of state-mandated exams.
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