Texas House Passes HB 1164 Writing Assessment Bill
04.30.2015 — The Texas House passed Rep. Gary VanDeaver’s HB 1164 today. The bill allows districts to determine locally how
best to assess a student’s mastery of the writing process vs. the
current limited approach via the STAAR written compositions.
As amended by House Committee Substitute, HB 1164 would add or amend
several provisions related to the assessment of public school students
in writing and English language arts:
The bill would require each school district to evaluate student
achievement in writing by assessing students in grades 4 and 7 and at
the end of English I and II secondary-level courses in accordance with
the TEKS for writing.
A district could use any method it deems appropriate for assessing students, including portfolio assessment.
A student assessed at the end of English I or II would be
required to TEKS for the course as determined by district’s school
A student could not receive a high school diploma until the student has demonstrated satisfactory performance.
The district would provide notice of a student’s performance to the student’s parent or person standing in parental relation.
Each school year, each district would prepare a student
performance report under this new section. The report would include
specific information and be filed with the school board and posted on
the district’s website.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.