Students graduating high school without passing exit-level exams

(KXAN File Photo)
(KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Association of Business (TAB) says too many students are graduating high school without passing exit-level exams.

The organization looked over the latest graduation numbers and found 86 percent of students who failed two tests were allowed to graduate.

A new state law allows a school district committee to decide if a student can graduate after failing.

At Austin ISD, 91 out of 112 requests to graduate were granted. That’s 81 percent.

At Round Rock ISD, 22 out of 23 requests were granted. And at Pflugerville, 30 out of 32 requests were granted.

The leader of the business group says school districts are taking advantage of the new law. “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.”

“I think they are trying to pad their numbers by saying they have a high graduation rate by simply waiving these kids through the system and allowing them to graduate even though they don’t have the skills for good life,” added Hammond.

He says the law will expire in 2 years. His top priority is to make sure it’s not extended.

For the rates of the top 100 school districts visit the Texas Association of Business website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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