April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 3

Public Hearing on Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary,
Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and
Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses

April 9, 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 Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses.

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

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The SBOE adopted the languages other than English (LOTE) Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) effective September 1, 1998. In February 2013, the board approved changes to its operating rules and directed staff to update the process for review and revision of the TEKS to align with these changes. The revised process is being used for the review and revision of the LOTE TEKS.

The SBOE approved proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Subchapters A-D, for first reading and filing authorization at the January 2014 meeting.

FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED: Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses, are presented for second reading and final adoption as a separate item in this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Applications for appointment to LOTE TEKS review committees were accepted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from December 2012 to January 2013. Applications were provided to SBOE members at their January 2013 meeting so that board members could complete their nominations. Nominations for LOTE TEKS review committee members and appointments of expert reviewers were made in May 2013.

The LOTE TEKS review committees convened in Austin in June 2013 to begin work on draft recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. Expert reviewers provided their initial feedback on the current LOTE TEKS to the SBOE in August. The TEKS review committees met again in August 2013 to complete their initial draft recommendations.

In September 2013, the first draft recommendations were provided to the board and to the board-appointed expert reviewers and posted to the TEA website for informal public feedback. During the September 2013 SBOE meeting, two expert reviewers and one representative from each LOTE TEKS review committee provided invited testimony to the Committee of the Full Board. Expert reviewers provided feedback on the committee's draft recommendations in October.

The LOTE TEKS review committees met for a third time in October 2013 in order to finalize their recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. The SBOE-appointed expert reviewers participated in this meeting and their feedback on the draft recommendations was provided to the TEKS review committee members.

A new course, Special Topics in Language and Culture, was developed to address requirements in House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, that allow students who have completed one credit in a language other than English but who are unlikely to successfully complete a second credit in that language to substitute credit in another course.

The final recommendations from the review committees were posted on the TEA website in November 2013 and were shared with the expert reviewers. The experts' final feedback on the recommendations was provided to the SBOE at the January 2014 SBOE meeting. A public hearing on the proposed revisions to the LOTE TEKS was held on January 28, 2014, and the SBOE approved proposed revisions to Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses, for first reading and filing authorization at the January 31, 2014 meeting.

Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Subchapters A-D, are presented for consideration by the SBOE for second reading and final adoption as a separate item in this agenda.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 114, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Languages Other Than English, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, Subchapter C, High School, and Subchapter D, Other Languages Other Than English Courses, are included 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