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Senate Education Committee Votes Out Bill with Assessment Provisions from HB 3
05.17.2019 — The Senate Education Committee called a meeting Thursday, May 16, to vote out the following bills approved by the House:
- CSHB 663 (Ken King) relates to a continuing review and revision of the essential knowledge and skills of the public school foundation curriculum and proclamations for the production of instructional materials. The committee substitute voted out by the Senate Education Committee strikes section one from the bill. That section called for review and revision of the scope of the TEKS. It also called for determination of whether there was enough time in a school year to teach all of the required TEKS, and whether STAAR tests adequately assess a particular student expectation.
- HB 2184 (Allen) would require an alternative education program to provide written notice regarding the student's release from the program and would require the school administrator of the student's home campus to coordinate the student's transition, including the creation of a personalized transition plan for the student.
- HB 2210 (Bell) would provide for purposes of public school accountability that a student receiving residential services in a state hospital was not considered a student of the school district or campus in which the state hospital was physically located.
- HB 3012 (Talarico) would require school districts to provide students who were placed in in-school or out-of-school suspensions with an alternative means of receiving all course work for classes in the foundation curriculum that the student missed as a result of the suspension. A district would have to provide at least one option for receiving the course work that did not require the use of the internet.
- HB 3630 (Meyer) would prohibit a school district, a district employee or volunteer, or an independent contractor of a district from authorizing, ordering, consenting to, or paying for specified types of physical interventions with students. Learn more.
- HB 3650 (Turner) would require any agreement made between a school district and a public institution of higher education to provide for a dual credit program to consider the use of free or low-cost open educational resources in courses offered under the dual credit program.
- CSHB 3906 (Huberty) relates to student assessment. Chairman Larry Taylor, the bill's Senate sponsor, laid out a committee substitute for the bill, stating that all of the STAAR-related items currently in CSHB 3 were being stripped out of that bill and added to CSHB 3906. Taylor said the substitute language includes:
- Development of new English language arts and reading STAAR tests that add a writing component to tests in grades 3-8
- Limitation on the number of multiple-choice questions on a STAAR test to not more than 75 percent of the total number of questions
- Provision for a five-year transition period for the state to move to a system in which all STAAR administrations would be done online
- Administration of STAAR in shorter blocks of time, multiple times throughout a school year (Full STAAR administration security procedures would remain in place, and this would likely affect a district’s scope and sequence and curriculum.)
- Development of a pilot program to replace STAAR
- Establishment of a new educator advisory group to help with STAAR development
- Development of a new kindergarten assessment that gives the commissioner authority to develop the test and to set standards for what is deemed “kindergarten ready” (This test would be different from the diagnostic assessments that districts can select from the Commissioner’s List of Early Reading Instruments, which are vetted through the University of Houston Health Science Center and administered to students in grades K-2.)
- HB 4205 (Craddick) would allow the commissioner of education, upon closing a school campus in connection with a campus turnaround plan, to repurpose the campus if the repurposed campus offered a distinctly different academic program and was operated under a contract, approved by the school district board of trustees, with a nonprofit organization exempt from federal taxation. The nonprofit organization would be required to have a governing board that was independent of the district and a successful history of operating school district campuses or open-enrollment charter schools that cumulatively served at least 10,000 students, a majority of which had been assigned an overall performance rating of at least a B during the preceding school year. The commissioner would have to approve a new campus identification number for the repurposed campus.