Gov. Rick Perry signed into law a highly supported overhaul of the high school curriculum. The law cuts the number of standardized tests required for graduation from 15 to five.

Perry said that he was skeptical about weakening the standards in the curriculum, but the measure strikes a good balance.

The measure gives flexibility to students who wish to focus on career training rather than college prep, and also addresses concerns raised by students, parents, and teached about too much testing.

Under the new legislation, which will take effect for the next school year, students will be tested in English I, English II, algebra I, biology, and United States History.