Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Bills Passed by the 2015 Legislature
Expansion of the THPSC
Adds the SBOE to the parties to be informed by the THPSC concerning methods for transforming schools in Texas by improving student learning through the development of innovative next-generation learning standards and assessment and accountability systems, including standards and systems relating to career and college readiness.
Allows the commissioner to select up to 30 participants for the THPSC (former maximum was 20). Permits an open-enrollment charter school to be eligible for participation if it was awarded a distinction designation rather than an exemplary distinction designation.
Prevents the number of students enrolled in the THPSC from exceeding 10 percent of the total number of students enrolled in Texas public schools (former cap was at 5 percent).
Shifts reporting responsibility from the commissioner to participating districts and charters. Mandates the reports concerning the performance and progress of the THPSC be submitted to the governor, the Legislature, the SBOE, and the commissioner by December 1 of each even-numbered year. Deletes language regarding the content of the reports.
Earliest effective date: Immediately
Texas High Performance Schools Consortium Role on Accountability Commission
Requires the establishment of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability to develop and make recommendations for new systems of student assessment and public school accountability. Mandates the commission be composed of 15 members (including an educator in a school district that participates in the THPSC) including 10 members appointed: by the governor (four), the lieutenant governor (three), and the speaker of the House (three). Requires the commission to deliver its report that recommends statutory changes to the governor and Legislature by September 1, 2016. Mandates that the commission consider the recommendations of the THPSC related to innovative, next-generation learning standards and assessment and accountability systems when preparing the commission report. Abolishes the commission January 1, 2017.
Applies this section with the effective date of this bill.
Earliest effective date: ImmediatelyOther provisions listed under Accountability.