SB 463 Summary
SB 463 - Individual Graduation Committees (IGCs)
Extends the availability of IGCs until September 1, 2019. Applies to a student who:
- entered ninth grade before the 2011–2012 school year;
- successfully completed the curriculum requirements for high school graduation (as applicable when the student entered the ninth grade);
- hasn’t performed satisfactorily on an end-of-course (EOC) exam or part of an EOC exam required for graduation, including an alternative assessment offered under Sec. 39.025(c-1); and
- has been administered the EOC exam or part of the EOC exam for which the student has not performed satisfactorily as least three times.
Pre-STAAR EOC Cohort of Students
Requires the commissioner to establish, by rule, a procedure to determine whether a student who entered ninth grade before the 2011–2012 school year (pre-STAAR EOC cohort) and meets certain criteria may qualify to graduate with an IGC and receive a diploma.
Notwithstanding these requirements, the commissioner must adopt rules to establish a procedure to determine whether a student subject to this section may qualify to graduate and receive a high school diploma. Requires the commissioner in adopting rules to:
- designate the school district in which a student is enrolled or was last enrolled to make the decision regarding whether the student qualifies to graduate and receive a diploma; and
- establish criteria for school districts to develop recommendations for alternative requirements by which a student subject to this section may qualify to graduate and receive a diploma.
Allows the commissioner in adopting rules to authorize as an alternative requirement:
- an alternative assessment and performance standard for that assessment;
- work experience; and
- military or other relevant life experiences.
Requires a district to administer only an assessment or parts of assessments applicable to a student’s graduation requirements. Prohibits a district from administering TAKS and any earlier assessments effective September 1, 2019, (meaning these tests will be discontinued or eliminated as options after this date).
Prevents a school district’s decision regarding whether the student qualifies to graduate and receive a diploma from being appealed (decision is final).
Authorizes the commissioner to adopt rules.
Longitudinal Follow-Up Study
Requires the THECB, in coordination with TEA, to collect longitudinal data relating to the post-graduation pursuits of each student awarded a diploma under an IGC before September 1, 2019, including whether the student:
- enters the workforce;
- enrolls in an associate degree or certificate program at a public or private IHE;
- enrolls in a bachelor’s degree program at a public or private institution of higher education; or
- enlists in the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard.
Requires the THECB, not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year, to provide a report to the Texas Legislature that includes a summary compilation of the data without identifying an individual student.
Requires the THECB and the TEA to adopt rules as necessary.
Earliest effective date: Immediately