July 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 9

Approval of Question and Answer Document for Proclamation 2016

July 18, 2014

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
Proclamation 2016 was issued by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in April 2014. The subjects and grade levels included in Proclamation 2016 are Languages Other Than English (LOTE) and Special Topics in Social Studies to include, but not be limited to, Mexican-American Studies, African-American Studies, Native-American Studies, and Asian-American Studies. Publishers were given an opportunity to ask questions at an orientation meeting held in March 2014. Publishers and other stakeholders were encouraged to submit questions regarding the TEKS, the proclamation, and the review and adoption process. The resulting question and answer document for Proclamation 2016 is presented for board approval.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002 and §31.022.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: None.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Following the adoption of instructional materials in November 1999 under Proclamation 1997, the SBOE requested that staff responses to publishers’ questions related to interpretation of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) be presented to the SBOE for approval. Subsequently, the SBOE has approved staff responses to publishers’ questions beginning with Proclamation 1998.

FISCAL IMPACT: None.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: The question and answer document for Proclamation 2016 will provide valuable information to publishers submitting instructional materials for adoption.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Approve the question and answer document for Proclamation 2016.

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

Separate Exhibit:
 Proclamation 2016 Question and Answer Document  (PDF, 859KB)