By: Isett H.B. No. 3468
Substitute the following for H.B. No. 3468:
By: Oliveira C.S.H.B. No. 3468
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to an intensive reading and language intervention pilot
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
amended by adding Section 29.094 to read as follows:
Sec. 29.094. INTENSIVE READING AND LANGUAGE INTERVENTION
PILOT PROGRAM. (a) In this section, "pilot program" means the
intensive reading and language intervention pilot program.
(b) The commissioner by rule may establish a pilot program
in which a participating campus provides intensive reading and
language intervention to participating students.
(c) If the commissioner establishes the pilot program, a
campus may apply to the commissioner to participate. The
commissioner may select for participation in the pilot program only
campuses that have failed to improve student performance in reading
according to standards established by the commissioner. The
standards established by the commissioner for purposes of this
subsection must be based on reading performance standards required
for student promotion under Section 28.0211.
(d) If the commissioner establishes the pilot program, the
commissioner shall adopt minimum criteria that a program must meet
to be selected by a participating campus for use in providing
intensive reading and language intervention. The criteria must
include neuroscience-based, scientifically validated methods,
interventions, or instructional tools that have been proven to
accelerate learning, cognitive ability, and language proficiency.
A participating campus shall submit a summary of the campus's
proposed intensive intervention program to the commissioner for
approval. The commissioner may approve only a program that follows
the minimum criteria adopted under this subsection.
(e) The principal of a participating campus, in
consultation with classroom teachers at the campus, shall select
students to participate in the pilot program. A participating
campus shall assess each selected student before the student enters
and after the student transfers out of the pilot program to measure
the student's progress.
(f) Not later than December 31, 2006, any vendor of an
intensive intervention program approved under Subsection (d), in
consultation with the agency and each school district with which
the vendor contracts under this section, shall provide the
legislature with a report describing student progress under the
assessments administered to participating students under
(g) Notwithstanding any other law, the commissioner may
provide funding for the pilot program using not more than $6 million
of funding appropriated for purposes of Section 28.0211.
(h) If the commissioner establishes the pilot program, the
commissioner shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
(i) If the commissioner establishes the pilot program, the
commissioner shall make the pilot program available to
participating campuses during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school
(j) This section expires July 1, 2007.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.