Other 2017 School Funding-Related Legislation

  • HB 657 - ARD Decisions Regarding Grades 5 & 8 STAAR for Students Receiving Special Education Services
    Bernal

    Amends TEC Sec. 28.0211 that requires satisfactory performance on grades 5 and 8 math and reading STAAR tests before a student may advance to the next grade level.

    Requires the student’s ARD committee to meet before the student is administered a STAAR reading or math test at these grade levels for the second time.

    Permits a student’s ARD committee to promote the student to the next grade level if the committee concludes that the student made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals identified in the student’s IEP.

    Amends code so that if the ARD committee determines the student under these provisions is to advance to the next grade level, the school district does not have to provide an additional opportunity for the student to take the applicable STAAR test a second time.

    Requires a district to notify parents of students receiving special education services about these new options for the ARD to consider, no later than September 1 of each school year.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately


    HB 789 - Minimum Scores Required for Students in Certain Districts to Pass Exam for Acceleration or Credit
    Meyer

    Amends TEC Sec. 28.023 Credit by Examination by adding new subsection (h) that applies only to Highland Park ISD.

    Allows the board of trustees to establish a minimum required score for each section of an exam for acceleration or credit approved by the board under Subsection (a) that is higher than the minimum scores required under Subsections (b) and (c) respectively (current minimum score requirement is the 80th percentile).

    Mandates that a minimum score established by a board of trustees under this section: 1) be not greater than a score in the 90th percentile; 2) be established prior to the start of the school year; and 3) apply for at least the entire school year.

    Applies beginning with the 2017–2018 school year.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately


    HB 2130* - TEA Study of Statewide Assessment Program in Relation to Students in Special Education Programs
    Roberts

    Also listed under Special Programs (page 57).

    Amends Chapter 39 TEC by adding Sec. 39.02302 Study of Impact of Statewide Assessment Program on Students in Special Education Programs, which directs TEA, from funds already appropriated, to conduct a study of the impact of the statewide assessment program on students in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29.

    Requires TEA to address in the study:
    1.    whether the agency has determined that the administration of alternate assessment instruments to students in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, as provided by Sec. 39.023(b) complies with the Every Student Succeeds Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 6301 et seq.);
    2.    whether administering state-required assessment instruments, other than assessment instruments developed or adopted under Sec. 39.023(b) to students in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, will:

    a.    provide an accurate assessment of the academic achievement of the students;
    b.    result in the administration of assessment instruments that are inappropriate for the educational capacity of the students;
    c.    result in a decrease in the number of students promoted to the next grade level;
    d.    result in a decrease in graduation rates for the students;
    e.    result in fewer opportunities to pursue higher education options;
    f.    result in fewer opportunities for competitive integrated employment for the students; and
    g.    result in any other:

    i.    restrictions on the students;
    ii.    alternative placements for the students;
    iii.    limitations on the advancement of the students; and

    3.    whether, making a statutory change that has the effect of exempting students in a special education program under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, from the administration of an assessment instrument under Sec. 39.023 unless the student’s parent or guardian requests such administration would impact the statewide assessment program and the extent of any such impact, including any legal impact.

    Requires TEA when conducting the study, to identify specific recommendations to improve the impact of the statewide assessments program on students in special education programs, including recommendations for:

    1.    any reforms or changes with respect to contracting with assessment instrument vendors;
    2.    any reforms or changes with respect to improving student grade-level promotion rates and student graduation rates;
    3.    any reforms or changes with respect to developing allowable accommodations and applying principles of universal design for students during the administration of assessment instruments;
    4.    any changes to rules adopted by the SBOE or the commissioner in relation to the development, adoption, or administration of assessment instruments;
    5.    any statutory changes to this code relating to the development, adoption, or administration of assessment instruments; and
    6.    any additional reforms or changes based on the results of the study.

    Mandates that not later than October 1, 2018, the TEA must submit a report to each member of the Texas Legislature that contains the agency’s determinations and recommendations. Requires the agency to publish on its website the report and all data on which the agency relied to form the basis of its determinations and recommendations, and the methodologies used to conduct the study.

    Expires this Section of TEC, January 1, 2019.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately


    SB 825 - District Discretion to Administer College Preparation Assessments at State Costs
    Taylor

    Amends the TEC so that school district administration of preliminary college preparatory assessments in eighth grade and 10th grade are no longer mandatory, but optional and at state cost.

    Applies beginning with the 2017–2018 school year.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately


    SB 1005 - Use of SAT, ACT, TSI, or EOC as Secondary Exit-level Assessments to Allow Certain Students to Receive a High School Diploma
    Campbell

    Eliminates the requirement that the commissioner maintain the TAKS exit-level assessments for students who in 2011–2012 were enrolled in grade levels above the ninth grade or were repeating the ninth grade.

    Authorizes the commissioner to establish satisfactory performance levels for the SAT, the ACT, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and EOC exams that are equivalent in rigor to the passing standard on the TAKS tests.

    Allows a student to satisfy a TAKS graduation requirement and receive a high school diploma by retaking and performing satisfactorily on relevant portions of the TAKS until it is no longer available, or by performing satisfactorily on the SAT, the ACT, the TSI, or an EOC exam.

    Requires a school district to determine which assessment(s) qualify a student to receive a high school diploma from the district.

    Earliest effective date: Immediately