GRANBURY, Texas — “We were told up, until this point, that if he passes all his courses and he does his credits and he does the 10 hours of the community service that is required for him to graduate, he’s going to walk,” said Crystal Smith.
On Monday, 11 days before Granbury High School’s graduation ceremony, she said she was told her son will not be able to graduate because he had not passed the five STAAR end-of-course exams required by the state to graduate.
“I was furious,” said Smith.
Last year, the Texas Education Agency released guidance to waive the end-of-course exams and allow 2020 graduating seniors to have their graduation status reviewed by an individual graduation committee (IGC), so they could still graduate. STAAR tests were also canceled.
This year, graduating seniors must have passed at least three of the five end-of-course exams to even be able to be reviewed by an IGC.
In an email to WFAA, a spokesperson for Granbury ISD stated, “…2020 was different because the state provided leeway to districts and students because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, this does not apply.”
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