Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair, House Committee on Public Education
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2824 by Ratliff (Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium.), As Introduced
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The bill would require the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to submit a report not later than December 1, 2014 and not later than December 1, 2016 on the progress campuses participating in the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium have made in achieving certain goals as outlined in the bill.
The bill would modify how participant campuses of the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium would be evaluated for accountability purposes.
In the 2013-14 school year, the bill would require participant campuses to be evaluated on disaggregated data by student group, with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps, and on a report-only basis and would prohibit the scores from being otherwise used for accountability purposes. The bill would also require participant campuses to only be evaluated on college readiness standards. The bill would require participant campuses to only provide the assessments for mathematics and reading, annually in grades 3 through 8 and 10; and in science in grades 5, 8, and 10 unless fewer assessment instruments are required by federal law or a waiver of federal law.
In the 2014-15 school year, or as soon as possible following receipt of a waiver from federal law, a student would be assessed for reading in grades 3 and 6; math in grades 4 and 7; and science in grade 5. The bill would authorize locally approved or developed assessments that are aligned to college readiness standards or high-priority learning standards that have results that can be accessed by the TEA for monitoring and reporting purposes.
The bill would allow substitutions at participating campuses to allow the ACT EXPLORE, the ACT PLAN, and the ACT to be administered in place of the state assessment in certain circumstances.
The bill would authorize a school district or open-enrollment charter school participating in the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium to exempt a student from the requirements that the student take an end-of-course assessment instrument in that subject and allow the student to demonstrate satisfactory secondary-level performance in an alternative manner, including satisfactory performance on another assessment instrument including one determined by the Commissioner of Education to be at least as rigorous as an end-of-course assessment instrument, or successful completion of a dual-credit course, an international baccalaureate course, or an advanced placement course.
The bill would require the High Performing Schools Consortium to receive independent evaluation from one or more external evaluation teams.
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