Honorable Dan Patrick, Chair, Senate Committee on Education
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1724 by Patrick (Relating to end-of-course assessment instruments administered to public high school students and other measures of secondary-level performance.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
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The bill would limit end-of-course assessments to Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II, and United States History. The bill would require the English I and II end-of-course assessments to assess both reading and writing in the same assessment. The bill would eliminate the requirement that a studentís performance on an end-of-course assessment shall account for 15 percent of the studentís final grade for the course.
The bill would eliminate the requirement that a student shall achieve a minimum cumulative score on end-of-course assessments to graduate, and instead would require a student to achieve a minimum score on each end-of-course assessment to graduate.
The bill would reduce the number of end-of-course assessments from 15 to 5.
Reducing the number of end-of-course assessments would result in savings of $14.2 million annually. The estimated savings for eliminating the Geometry, Algebra II, Chemistry, Physics, World Geography, and World History end-of-course assessments would be $1.15 million per fiscal year, per end-of-course assessment. The estimated savings from eliminating the English III Reading end-of-course assessments would be $2.1 million annually, the estimated savings from eliminating the English III Writing Assessment would be $4.3 million annually, and the estimated savings of combining the reading and writing end-of-course assessments into one assessment each for English I, English II, and English III would be $0.9 million annually.
The bill would require each district to offer additional accelerated instruction to each student in any subject in which that student has failed an end-of-course assessment that the student is required to pass in order to graduate before the next scheduled test administration without any cost to the student and would require each district to budget sufficient funds for this purpose. The bill would prohibit a district from budgeting funds received under the compensatory education allotment until the district has adopted a budget to support additional accelerated instruction.
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