April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Tuesday Item 1

Public Hearing on New Course Development

April 8, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION

SUMMARY:
A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding new courses, including courses that might be developed in the future to align with requirements of House Bill (HB) 5.

BOARD RESPONSE: This item is presented for review and comment.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: In August 2013, the State Board of Education (SBOE) held a work session to discuss changes to the graduation requirements in order to align with the requirements of HB 5. At the January 2014 meeting, the SBOE approved the final adoption of new 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements.

FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED: At the direction of the board, additional courses to align with HB 5 could be presented for first reading and filing authorization at a subsequent SBOE meeting.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The 83rd Texas Legislature, 2013, passed HB 5, amending the TEC, §28.025, to change the high school graduation programs from the current minimum, recommended, and advanced high school programs to one foundation high school program with endorsements to increase flexibility in graduation requirements for students. In August 2013, the SBOE held a work session to discuss changes to the graduation requirements in order to align with the requirements of HB 5, including discussion of courses required by HB 5. In November 2013, the SBOE discussed new courses that must be developed to align with requirements of HB 5. At the January 2014 meeting, the SBOE approved the final adoption of new 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The agency has received public comments related to the development of new courses.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUE: Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, is presented for second reading and final adoption as a separate item in this agenda.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

Shelly Ramos, Managing Director
Curriculum