April 2014 Committee of the Full Board Wednesday Item 8

New Course Development

April 11, 2014

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

SUMMARY:
This item provides the opportunity for the board to direct the future development of new courses, including courses to align with requirements of House Bill (HB) 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4); 28.002, 28.0021, 28.00222, and 28.025.

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.

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. At the January 2014 meeting, the SBOE approved the final adoption of new 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter B, Graduation Requirements. This item provides the opportunity for the committee to discuss prioritization of new courses that will be developed to align with requirements of HB 5.

FISCAL IMPACT: There may be business costs associated with this process for the agency, including staff and committee travel, meeting accommodations, and production and dissemination of documents. Fiscal implications of the proposed rules related to the development of new courses will be assessed after the committee gives direction regarding the proposal to bring forward for first reading and filing authorization.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include added flexibility in course options for students to meet new high school graduation requirements.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: 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

Attachment:
Statutory Citations (PDF, 248KB)