Every student in last year’s 11th-grade class at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions passed every section of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
But officials at the Texas Education Agency are reluctant to report that happy news, fearing it might violate a federal law.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is designed to protect students’ privacy. The argument goes that, knowing 100 percent of the students passed a test would let the world know how each student did.
So TEA is claiming the pass rate was only 99 percent to protect students from disclosure of their competence.