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Sen. Keliger and Rep. Huberty Announce Filing of SB 463/HB 966

On January 12, 2017, Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Dan Huberty announced the filings of SB 463 and companion bill HB 966 that would make permanent the Individual Graduation Committees put in place temporarily in 2015 by SB 149. Students helped by IGCs, parents, teachers, and superintendents were there to show support. Watch the video of the press conference.

See the text of SB 463.

See the text of HB 966.

Superintendents in attendance: Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington ISD; Jodi Duron, Elgin ISD; Bruce Gearing, Dripping Springs ISD; Buck Gilcrease, Alvin ISD; Greg Smith, Clear Creek ISD; and Randy Willis, Granger, ISD.

Clear Creek ISD Students Helped by Individual Graduation Committees

Meet three students from Clear Creek ISD whose lives were changed by Individual Graduation Committees.

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Background

  • Senate Bill 149, passed by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015:
    • required a school district to establish an individual graduation committee (IGC) for each qualifying student (grade 11 or 12 student who has failed to comply with the end-of-course performance requirements for not more than two courses) at the end of or after the student’s 11th grade year to determine whether the student may qualify to graduate

    • required the IGC, in determining whether a student is qualified to graduate, to consider the following 15 items or categories of information about the student: 1) recommendation of the teacher of the pertinent course; 2) grade of the pertinent course; 3) score on each EOC on which the student failed to perform satisfactorily; 4) performance on any additional IGC-recommended requirements; 5) number of hours of remediation attended by the student, including a college preparatory course or transitional college course in reading or math; 6) school attendance rate; 7) satisfaction of any Texas Success Initiative college benchmarks; 8) successful completion of a dual-credit course in English, math, science, or social studies; 9) successful completion of a pre-AP, AP, or IB program course in English, math, science, or social studies; 10) rating of “advanced high” on most recent TELPAS; 11) score of 50 or greater on a CLEP exam; 12) score on ACT, SAT, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test; 13) completion of a sequence of CTE courses needed to attain an industry-recognized credential or certificate; 14) overall preparedness for postsecondary success; and 15) other academic information designated for consideration by the IGC

    • provided that after considering these criteria, the IGC may determine that the student is qualified to graduate

    • mandated that a student for whom an IGC is established may graduate and receive a high school diploma only if the student successfully completes all additional requirements recommended by the IGC, meets the curriculum requirements, and the IGC’s vote is unanimous.
     

TASA's Position

  • Advocate for the continuation of Individual Graduation Committees with authority to allow students to graduate when the students have successfully completed all required curriculum requirements but have failed no more than two EOCs.
     

TAMSA Survey on IGCs

  • SB 149 created Individual Graduation Committees (IGCs) for students who fail one or two end-of-course exams, allowing some to demonstrate content mastery and graduate with their classes. However, SB 149 expires September 1, 2017. Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA) is gathering data to present to legislators in support of continuing the IGCs, and seeks information from school leaders on how districts and campuses have used the committees. Complete the survey.