Texas high school students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class would no longer be guaranteed a spot at a flagship state university under legislation the Texas House tentatively approved capping those admissions, according to the Associated Press.
As it is, Texas students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class are guaranteed admission to the state university of their choice.
If this measure eventually goes into effect, it will be interesting to see what impact it has on the state’s high achievers. Will they push themselves even harder because there is no guarantee of admission? Or will they slack off a bit, feeling that hard work offers no guarantee?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.