On Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed a bill by Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), to reduce the high stakes attached to passing state end-of-course exams in high school. Under Seliger’s bill, which is backed by Texas AFT and large group of educator and parent groups, a student who had passed the required courses but has not passed one or two of the five end-of-course exams could still graduate by showing proficiency in the subject matter in other ways. The committee would have to approve graduation by this alternative unanimously. The Texas Senate vote was 28 to 2. The measure now goes to the Texas House.