SB 463 Summary

  • SB 463 - Individual Graduation Committees (IGCs)
    Seliger

    Extends the availability of IGCs until September 1, 2019. Applies to a student who:

    1. entered ninth grade before the 2011–2012 school year;
    2. successfully completed the curriculum requirements for high school graduation (as applicable when the student entered the ninth grade);
    3. 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
    4. 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:

    1. 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
    2. 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:

    1. an alternative assessment and performance standard for that assessment;
    2. work experience; and
    3. 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:

    1. enters the workforce;
    2. enrolls in an associate degree or certificate program at a public or private IHE;
    3. enrolls in a bachelor’s degree program at a public or private institution of higher education; or
    4. 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