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A republican state lawmaker wants to change the graduation system and public school accountability.

Under House Bill 5, Representative Jimmie Don Aycock wants to take some weight off of standardized testing; HB 5 would require evaluating of schools to be determined on more than just test scores. It would also look at the school's financial situation and community involvement.

There would also be room for students to have more options when it comes to choosing courses in high school, one that would be based more on the student's skills and the career path they want to take after high school.

HB 5 would also take the number of end-of-course tests from 15 down to 5.Aycock says there's simply too many tests for students to take that are distracting them from getting a quality education.

"We'll continue some standardized testing, but I don't think it will have the emphasis that's it had in the past if we succeed at this," said Aycock.

Aycock not only has support from fellow republicans, but democrats too.

"I think we need to really make some significant changes in public education. We're losing a lot of children particularly in that transition from middle school to high school. When they're entering the 9th grade and facing the new STAAR testing. Facing a curriculum that's designed for one purpose and that's to go get a 4-year college education," said Rep. Joe Deshotel (D) of Port Arthur.

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