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The Transition Plan for House Bill 3 contains a detailed description of the process the commissioner of education uses to develop and implement the provisions of House Bill 3 (81st Texas Legislature, 2009), as required by Section 68 of the bill.
The transition plan has sections covering the development of:
- the new State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) program
- the development of new performance ratings for Texas public schools
- federal requirements for assessment and accountability
- accreditation sanctions and interventions
- financial accountability
Although HB 3 and this transition plan focus on assessment and accountability, two appendices include summaries of actions taken across other provisions of the bill. A Rulemaking Schedule summarizes State Board of Education and commissioner of education rulemaking required by HB 3. A Status of Implementation table summarizes the implementation status of the bill. TEA has developed a summary document that includes highlights of the transition plan. You can access the highlights document using the link below.
In February 2012, Commissioner Robert Scott amended the Texas Education Agency’s House Bill 3 Transition Plan by allowing public school districts and charter schools to defer implementation of the statutory provision in Chapter 39 of the Texas Education Code. The code requires performance on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course assessments to count as 15 percent of a student’s final course grade. The deferral applies only to the 15 percent grading requirement for the 2011–2012 school year. For this school year, school districts and charter schools may locally determine whether to include STAAR scores as part of course grades. However, districts and charter schools choosing to defer implementation of the 15 percent requirement for the 2011–2012 school year must notify the agency of that decision.
To view the HB 3 Transition Plan Highlights document, use the following link:
HB 3 Transition Plan Highlights (PDF)
To view the transition plan as one file, use the following link: HB 3 Transition Plan (PDF). Please note that the file is large and the download time depends on your internet connection speed. TEA has broken down the transition plan into sections for your convenience. All links open Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
Section I – Assessment
Section II – Accountability
Section III – Federal Accountability and Federal Monitoring Requirements
Section IV – Interventions, Sanctions, and Financial Accountability
Section V – General Requirements of HB 3
Section VI – Appendices