September 18, 2012
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Subject: Expiring Courses and Applications for 2013-2014 Innovative Courses
The purpose of this correspondence is to inform local education agencies of the expiration of certain courses and the acceptance of applications for new innovative courses and the renewal of expiring innovative courses for the 2013-2014 school year.
Our records indicate that approval for use of the courses listed on the attached document has expired or will expire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. The Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) codes associated with these expiring courses will be deleted from the system as of July 2013. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the courses and associated codes may no longer be available for use.
Should you believe that your district has active approval for any of the courses our records show as expiring, please provide evidence of that approval to the Curriculum Division via email at email@example.com or via fax at (512) 463-8057. You may submit this evidence by emailing a scanned copy of the letter from TEA indicating continued approval or by faxing a copy of that letter.
Should your school or district desire to apply for renewal of an expiring innovative course for use in 2013-2014 and beyond, please submit a new application for an innovative course.
Applications for new innovative courses and for renewal of expiring innovative courses are now being accepted. The Texas Administrative Code, §74.27, permits school districts to offer approved innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies in courses for which there are no Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Innovative courses must be approved by either the State Board of Education (SBOE) or the Commissioner of Education before a district may award state elective credit toward graduation. Each innovative course must be academically rigorous and address documented student needs.
Before you decide to apply for innovative course approval, please review the TEKS and the currently approved innovative courses to be sure that such a course is needed. You may find that an existing TEKS-based course adopted by the SBOE or a currently approved innovative course will meet your needs. TEKS-based courses can be found in Chapters 110-130 of the Texas Administrative Code at http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/index.html. A list of currently approved innovative courses can be accessed on the innovative courses webpage at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=6079. Please note that proposed innovative courses that have student expectations that duplicate those of TEKS-based courses or currently approved innovative courses may not be approved.
To request an application for an innovative course, please email the Curriculum Division at firstname.lastname@example.org with “innovative course application” in the subject line. For more information about applying for an innovative course, please visit the innovative courses webpage at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=6079.
Applications for new innovative courses and for renewals of expiring innovative courses must be received by Friday, November 30, 2012.
If you have questions about innovative courses or the application process, please contact Deb Gonzales, Program Coordinator, by telephone at (512) 463-9581 or by email at email@example.com.
Anita Givens Associate Commissioner Standards and Programs
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