Individual Graduation Committees
SB 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. Read more about SB 149.SB 463, passed by the 85th Texas Legislature in 2017, extends the availability of IGCs until September 1, 2019. Read more about SB 463.
Clear Creek ISD Students Helped by Individual Graduation Committees
Meet three students from Clear Creek ISD whose lives were changed by Individual Graduation Committees.
by Melissa B. Taboada, Austin American-Statesman Year Published: September 2016"Robinson Placek is now in his third semester in the architectural drafting program at Austin Community College. As in high school, Placek has earned A's and B's, and is able to take English as a Second Language specific courses that his high school didn’t offer. He will graduate next year with an associate degree of Applied Science, specializing in CAD design and architecture. Placek said he’s in favor of renewing the law. “You don’t need a test to see what you can do in the future,” he said. His father, Scott Placek said Robinson’s high school graduation has been “a huge positive.” “We see that the STAAR wasn’t an indicator that he could succeed at that (postsecondary) level, because he is succeeding.” Read the full article. by Tim Gerber, KSAT Year Published: May 2015“Senate Bill 149 allows students who failed two of the five End of Course State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests to still graduate if they have completed all of their required course work. Dr. Kimberly Ridgley, director of guidance and counseling at Northside ISD, applauded the signing of SB 149 and the second chance it gives 28,000 seniors across the state to graduate, 250 of them who are enrolled in NISD high schools. ‘It's a great thing for kids," Ridgley said. "It gives kids an opportunity to demonstrate postsecondary readiness that's not hinging on one test or two tests.’” Read the article. by Texas Education Agency Year Published: May 2015Following the spring administration of the STAAR end-of-course exams, 92 percent of students in the Class of 2015 have successfully completed all exams required for high school graduation, TEA announced on Friday. Just under 6 percent of the Class of 2015 (16,786 students) passed all but one or two EOC exams and are eligible for individual graduation committee consideration under SB 149. Read the press release.
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04.18.2017 — The Senate Committee on Education met to hear public testimony on 12 funding-related bills. Two were voted out of committee, along with 10 other bills, including SB 496, which would make IGCs permanent.Senate Committee on Education Votes Out 9 Bills, Considers IGC Bill, Others
04.11.2017 — The Senate Committee on Education met Tuesday, April 11, and heard testimony on 12 bills, while voting out nine.
Governor Signs SB 149 Graduation Committee Bill Into Law
05.11.2015 — Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 149 into law today, making it effective immediately.
SB 149 Graduation Committee Bill Goes to Governor
04.29.2015 — Today, the Senate “concurred” with changes the Texas House made last week to Sen. Kel Seliger’s SB 149, voting 30 to 1 and sending the bill to Gov. Greg Abbott for signature.
Texas House Passes SB 149 Graduation Committee Bill
04.21.2015 — Today the Texas House gave preliminary approval to SB 149, which would provide relief to high school students who successfully complete their coursework but will not graduate due to failure of EOC exams.
Full House to Consider SB 149 Graduation Committee Bill on April 21
04.20.2015 — SB 149 will be debated on the House floor Tuesday. This bill would provide some relief to students who have successfully completed all of their coursework but will not graduate from high school because they failed to pass a single end-of-course exam.
SB 149 Graduation Bill Passed by House Public Education Committee
04.08.2015 — On Tuesday, April 7, the House Public Education Committee passed its first Senate bill, SB 149 by Kel Seliger, with a unanimous vote. TASA and many others in the education community support this bill.
House Public Education Committee to Consider HB 1759 School Finance Reform Bill and SB 149 Graduation Bill Among Others April 6-7
04.02.2015 — The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m. to consider pending business, then on Tuesday, April 7, at 2 p.m. to consider bills including HB 1759 and SB 149.
Sen. Kel Seliger’s SB 149 Passes Texas Senate
03.17.2015 — Sen. Seliger’s SB 149 relating to alternative methods for satisfying certain public high school graduation requirements, including the use of individual graduation committees, passed the Senate today with a vote of 28 ayes and 2 nays. Four amendments were adopted as well.
Senate Education Committee Passes SB 149 Substitute
03.05.2015 — On March 3, the Senate Education Committee unanimously approved a substitute bill for Sen. Kel Seliger’s SB 149. The current version allows students who failed up to two EOCs to receive their diplomas with the unanimous approval of an individual graduation committee composed of teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents.
Senate Education Committee Discusses Graduation Bill at First Meeting
02.19.2015 — In its first meeting of the 2015 session, the Senate Education Committee quickly took care of housekeeping issues and began hearing public testimony on SB 149 by Sen. Seliger.
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 end-of-course exams.