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REL Southwest Seeking High Schools to Participate in HB 5 Research Study

REL Southwest would like to invite your school to participate in a research study examining changes in the mathematics course requirements for high school graduation being implemented under Texas House Bill 5 (the Foundation High School Program).

The study will investigate whether providing the parents of students entering grade 9 during the 2014-15 school year with information about the changes to the mathematics course requirements and how they compare to the admissions requirements for most four-year, public universities and colleges in Texas.

Who is eligible to participate?
We are looking for high schools that are willing to mail informational materials describing the changes to the high school graduation mathematics requirements to parents of students entering grade 9 during the 2014-15 school year. Materials will be distributed during the early spring of 2015 and 2016.

How will the study be conducted?
The study will be conducted as a randomized controlled trial. At the beginning of the study, one-half of the participating high schools will be randomly assigned to receive study materials and asked to distribute these materials during the spring of 2015 and 2016. The remaining high schools will conduct business-as-usual during this time period but will receive study materials at the conclusion of the study, if desired.

What are the study materials and how will they be distributed?
The study materials will consist of information brochures—provided in English and Spanish—to be mailed to students’ homes. Schools randomly assigned to receive study materials will receive a box of prepaid, pre-stuffed envelopes containing the informational brochures, and they will be asked to print and adhere mailing labels containing student addresses to the envelopes and place them in the U.S. Mail. REL Southwest will reimburse schools up to $150 to cover the cost of staff time and address label printing materials. Schools will not be asked to provide any student data to REL Southwest.

How will you benefit?
Participating schools will receive informational brochures describing the new mathematics requirements being implemented under the new Foundation High School Program graduation plans and how they compare to the admissions requirements for most four-year, public universities and colleges in Texas to distribute to parents. The brochures will be available in English and Spanish.

How can I receive more information or sign up for the study?
For more information or to participate in the study, contact Ginger Stoker at (512) 391-6506 or ginger.stoker@sedl.org.