I want to remind
you of the provisions in state law prohibiting the adoption or use of the
Common Core State Standards. In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature passed House
Bill 462 (HB 462), which contains several important prohibitions relating to
curriculum standards. The bill:
the State Board of Education (SBOE) from adopting Common Core State Standards;
school districts from using Common Core State Standards to meet the
requirements to provide instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
a school district or open enrollment charter school from being required to offer
the Common Core; and
the Texas Education Agency from adopting or developing assessments based on
Common Core State Standards.
You may read
the full text of HB 462 at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB00462F.pdf#navpanes=0.
of the Texas Education Code requires the SBOE to develop the essential
knowledge and skills that Texas schools are required to teach. Additionally,
the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are based entirely
on those TEKS developed and adopted by the SBOE.
consider funding opportunities (especially those offered by the United States
Department of Education) that require your district to use college and career
readiness standards, please remember that the Texas Legislature required the
adoption of college and career readiness standards in 2006, making Texas the
first state to mandate the development and use of college readiness standards.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted the Texas College and
Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in 2008. The SBOE has since embedded the CCRS
within the TEKS.
You may review the CCRS at: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/collegereadiness/crs.pdf.