AUSTIN -- Governor Rick Perry has signed several bills concerning Texas education into law.

OnMonday, the governor signed Senate Bill 441, House Bill 5, House Bill 809, House Bill 2201, House Bill 3662 and one other bill into law.

House Bill 5 was heavily discussed while Texas lawmakers were in session. The bill drops the number of exams required to graduate from 15 to five. It also allows high school students to choose one of four endorsement tracks; the emphasis ranges from college prep to career readiness.

The law will first be used on freshmen in the fall of 2014. Education advocates mostly praised the bill before the governor signed it into law.

House Bill 5 was a great step forward for public education because it marks a time where we can say we quit depending on tests to show us that schools are meeting students' needs, said Brock Gregg with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.

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