Texas House Public Education Committee to Meet on Assessment, TEKS, and Innovative Programs for Students With Disabilities
05.15.2018 — The Texas House Public Education Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 24, at the Texas Capitol to consider the following interim charges:
Examine research-based options for evaluating student achievement beyond standardized test scores, including adaptive and portfolio assessments. Examine the scope of the current Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in grades with the state assessment, including the format, assessment calendar, and the limits of instructional days, if any. Determine if it is appropriate to limit TEKS to readiness standards that can be taught in less than the school year. Review current Student Success Initiative testing and make recommendations on its continuation or repeal. Review the ability of the state to waive standardized testing for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Examine programs in public schools that have proven results meeting the needs of and improving student achievement for students with disabilities, with an emphasis on programs specializing in autism, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Recommend ways to support and scale innovative programs for these students, including providing supplemental services, or incentivizing public-private partnerships or inter district and charter school collaborations. Monitor the implementation and funding for the pilot programs authorized in HB 21 (85R) and review the Texas Education Agency's compliance with SB 160 (85R), which prohibits special education student caps.
Public testimony will be limited to three minutes.