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:
-requires the daily recitation of the pledges and a moment of silence
-requires the display of state and national flags in each classroom
-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
-we are not allowed to use the Common Core Standards
-requires a CPR course at least once for students in grades 7-12
-Special Education has 45 (instead of 60) school days for evaluation after receiving signed parent consent
-We may educate kids on the history of traditional winter celebrations.
-We may display scenes or symbols of those celebrations with certain conditions.
-requires an orientation and mobility (O&M) evaluation as part of the Special Education eligibility for students with visual impairments
-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.
-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
-our assessments can't be based on the Common Core Standards
-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?