- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers could let thousands of Texas high school students graduate this year even if they fail some of the standardized tests normally required for a diploma.

The House on Tuesday moved the proposal closer to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The Senate has already approved a similar measure.

Under the plan by Republican state Sen. Kel Seliger, the state would offer an alternative graduation plan to about 28,000 class of 2015 seniors who failed to pass one of five required statewide exams. The House tweaked the bill to allow students to fail two exams.

It would also establish committees to determine whether a student could graduate based on other academic factors like attendance and grades.

Seliger fast-tracked the bill so that eligible students may graduate this spring.

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