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Senate Approves Sub for HB 22 on A-F with Amendments

05.25.2017 — At around 2:30 a.m., the Senate approved its substitute version of HB 22, which would make changes to the A-F school and district accountability system. The Senate version is greatly changed from the House-approved bill, and mostly mirrors SB 2051 by Senate Committee on Education Chairman Larry Taylor. It would not include a delay in implementation of A-F, would not reduce the weight of standardized tests, and would not eliminate the overall rating for schools/districts.

 

The following amendments were considered on the Senate floor, with all but two adopted as noted:

  • Amendment 1 by Taylor includes a "Closing the Gaps" fourth domain; specifies that “not less than 20 percent” of the rating be attributed to that domain; specifies that “not less than 20 percent” of the rating be attributed to the Domain 3 (School Climate) if the district/campus has received a rating of C or higher for the other three domains (it does not specify the weight if they don’t); and requires the commissioner to use whichever letter grade is higher between that assigned for Domain 1 (Achievement) or Domain 2 (Performance).

  • Amendment 2 by Taylor differentiates between D and F by making D equate to "needs improvement" and F "unacceptable"; requires a targeted improvement plan for a D, and if a campus or district receives a D overall rating or a domain rating of a D for two consecutive years, the commissioner must lower the campus or district rating to F; the commissioner must also adopt rules to implement this.

  • Amendment 3 by Taylor is essentially HB 2782 (Wilson), which requires the commissioner to ensure that the method used to evaluate performance for A-F ratings is implemented in a manner that provides the mathematical possibility that all districts and campuses receive an A rating.

  • Amendment 4 by Taylor gives credit to districts and campuses in the school climate domain for efforts to increase teacher retention, including mentoring programs and professional development programs, and teachers who are teaching in their “field of certification.”

  • Amendment 5 by Taylor is the same as his SB 2144, which establishes the Texas Commission on Public School Finance to develop and make recommendations for improvements to the current public school finance system or for new methods of financing public schools.

  • Amendment 6 by Taylor is the same as his SB 1658, which makes provisions for the disposition of property and management of assets of an open-enrollment charter school that closes.

  • Amendment 7 by Menéndez is the same as his SB 1794, which eliminates a specific requirement that certain school districts develop and implement a plan to increase enrollment of the district’s students at institutions of higher education.

  • Amendment 8 by Lucio was withdrawn. It would have cut a "continuously enrolled" provision.

  • Amendment 9 by Rodriguez requires disaggregation of student performance data by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and limited English proficiency.

  • Amendment 10 by Menéndez adds the percentage of students who successfully complete an OnRamps dual-credit course to the student achievement domain.

  • Amendment 11 by Menéndez was not adopted. It would have required a one-year delay in the implementation.

  • Amendment 12 by Uresti requires the commissioner, in collaboration with interested stakeholders, to develop standardized language for each domain that does not exceed 250 words and that clearly describes the annual status of a district and campus relating to district and campus performance on the indicators used for that domain to determine the letter performance rating assigned to a district and campus.

  • Amendment 13 by Menéndez requires the commissioner to adopt a “special education progress indicator,” similar to the ELL progress measure, for grades 3-8.

The bill now returns to the House. Its author, House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty, has the right to concur with the changes or call for a conference committee.