Sunday, July 21, 2013

Education Laws in Texas

The Briefing from the 83rd Texas Legislature is out and I read through it to see what the changes are for education.

Here are the new laws that pertain to elementary teachers:

HB 773
-requires the daily recitation of the pledges and a moment of silence
-requires the display of state and national flags in each classroom

HB 1501
-a minute of silence will be observed on Sept. 11 every year if that day falls on a school day
-following the moment of silence the teacher will reference the memory of all the lives lost that day

HB 5 Sections 5,6, and 8
-limits the removal of students to 10% of their class time for tutoring or test preparation

HB 462
-we are not allowed to use the Common Core Standards

HB 897
-requires a CPR course at least once for students in grades 7-12

SB 816
-Special Education has 45 (instead of 60) school days for evaluation after receiving signed parent consent

HB 308
-We may educate kids on the history of traditional winter celebrations.
-We may display scenes or symbols of those celebrations with certain conditions.

HB 590
-requires an orientation and mobility (O&M) evaluation as part of the Special Education eligibility for students with visual impairments

HB 1009
-School districts can appoint one school marshal per 400 students. They are allowed to possess a hand gun at school, but can't carry it if their primary duty involves direct contact with students. They may keep it in a locked safe.
-The school marshall would have to keep current with a school marshall license and a hand gun license.

SB 1556
-establishes a school safety certification program for school districts
-establishes a School Safety Task Force

HB 5 Section 31
-2012-2013 STAAR test will be released this summer
-2014-2015 and 2015-2016 STAAR test will be released after the last test administration that year
-STAAR results will be reported within 21 days of receipt by test contractor

HB 462
-our assessments can't be based on the Common Core Standards

HB 866
-This will take effect Sept. 1, 2015 if the waiver is granted.
-STAAR tests per grade level will be:
reading 3, 5, 8
math 3, 5, 8
writing 4, 7
science 5, 8
social studies 8
-Students who score below the minimum in math and reading will take the test in 4th and 6th respectively.
-State must come up with a formula that predicts student achievement.

HB 5 Section 37
-School districts are allowed to administer no more than 2 benchmarks tests per state test during the year.

HB 5 Section 58
-TEA must develop a website called "Texas School Accountability Dashboard" that displays disaggregated data for all school districts and schools.


That is quite a lot.

I am going to be interested in seeing how my district reacts to only 2 benchmark tests a year. We do a lot more than that! I am all for less testing...

Do you feel smarter after reading all that?


Disneymum (Kristi) said...

thank you so much for the snapshot of everything. The benchmarks will be interesting. We do 2 in the subjects.

Debbie Jacobson said...

Great summary! My grandchildren are in San Antonio so I am always interested in learning what goes on in Texas. I am in Florida and we are doing Common Core. Interesting that Texas is only one of five states NOT participating AND they expressly prohiobit the use of common core. Hmmm...wondering why?!

Unknown said...

I, too, wonder why the laws prohibit the use of Common Core Standards.
Thank you for all the info in this nice summarized account of the bills that passed.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Iowa went the opposite direction. We have the Iowa Common Core which is the Common Core plus MORE. The negatives that I've heard are because of freedom of something. States should be able to choose, not have the government appoint something...blah, blah, blah...

Unknown said...

Hmmmm, I wonder how that benchmark ruling affects non-testing grade levels? We gave a benchmark per quarter in 2nd grade this past year.


Anonymous said...

This was interesting to read. I teach in NY but graduated HS in El Paso 20 years ago. I've always been interested in comparison of educational policies. Thanks for sharing.


Anonymous said...

The standards in Texas are way higher than common core. Texas is not in to the low standards the united states has set for there students....

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