Proposed Commissioner of Education Rules

All proposed new rules, proposed amendments to existing rules, and proposed repeals being considered by the commissioner of education are available here. The rule text on this page reflects what was filed as proposed with the Texas Register. Rule actions will remain on this page until approved for adoption by the commissioner and filed as adopted with the Texas Register.

During the proposed rule public comment period, you may submit public comments electronically using the public comment form. See proposals below for their comment periods.

If you have questions about the public comment process for proposed rulemaking, please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or contact the TEA Rulemaking Unit at (512) 475-1497 or by email at rules@tea.texas.gov.

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PROPOSED RULES WITH OPEN PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter EE, Commissioner's Rules on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, §61.1051, Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Summary:
The proposed amendment would incorporate definitions; require additional reporting under certain circumstances; detail what must be included in the policy addressing sexual abuse, trafficking, and other maltreatment of children; and describe training requirements for new employees and employees not previously trained.  
Publication in the Texas Register: August 23, 2019 
Public Comment Period: August 23, 2019-September 23, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: November 24, 2019

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §61.1051 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter AA, Accountability and Performance Monitoring, §97.1005, Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System
Summary: The proposed amendment would adopt into rule the 2019 Results Driven Accountability (RDA) Manual, which would replace the 2018 Performance-Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) Manual; provide clarifications to existing statutory provisions; and reflect the recodification of Texas Education Code, Chapter 39A. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §97.1005 would also change the section title to Results Driven Accountability.
Publication in the Texas Register: August 16, 2019
Public Comment Period: August 16, 2019-September 16, 2019.
Public Hearing Notice: Public hearings to solicit testimony and input on the proposal will be held at 1:00 p.m. on September 4, 2019, in Room 1-111, and September 9, 2019, in Room 1-100, William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. Anyone wishing to testify at one of the hearings must sign in between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day of the respective hearing. Each hearing will conclude either once all who have signed in have been given the opportunity to comment or at 3:30 p.m., whichever comes first. Questions about the hearing should be directed to Review and Support at (512) 463-9414.
Proposed Effective Date: November 10, 2019

Differences between Proposed 2019 RDA Manual and 2018 PBMAS Manual

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §97.1005 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions, Division 1, Status, Standards, and Sanctions, §97.1055, Accreditation Status 
Summary: The proposed amendment would modify the rule to reflect the applicability of proposed new 19 TAC §97.1060(e) to accreditation status under Texas Education Code, Chapter 39, Subchapter C, and to clarify the commissioner's authority to revoke a district's accreditation status that is operated by an appointed board of managers.  
Publication in the Texas Register: August 30, 2019 
Public Comment Period: August 30, 2019-September 30, 2019. 
Proposed Effective Date: December 2, 2019 

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §97.1055 

 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter EE, Commissioner's Rules Concerning the Statewide Testing Calendar and UIL Participation, §101.5001, Testing Calendar 
Summary: The proposed amendment would modify the rule to provide clarification to new statutory provisions made by House Bill 3906, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
Publication in the Texas Register: August 30, 2019 
Public Comment Period: August 30, 2019-September 30, 2019. 
Proposed Effective Date: December 2, 2019

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §101.5001 
 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 151, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations, §151.1001, Passing Standards 
Summary: The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §151.1001 would implement the requirements of the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.048(a), for the commissioner to determine the satisfactory level of performance required for each certification examination by adding passing standards for additional pedagogical examinations and new passing standards for content certification examinations.
Publication in the Texas Register: August 16, 2019
Public Comment Period: August 16, 2019-September 16, 2019.
Proposed Effective Date: October 21, 2019
Passing Standards for Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Examinations
Passing Standards for Content Certification Examinations 

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §151.1001


PROPOSED RULES WITH CLOSED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter II, Commissioner's Rules Concerning High School Allotment 
Summary: The proposed repeal is necessary because the statutory authority for the subchapter was repealed by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, effective September 1, 2019.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 12, 2019
Public Comment Period: July 12, 2019-August 12, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: September 15, 2019
 


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 89, Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services, Division 2, Clarification of Provisions in Federal Regulations and State Law, §89.1094, Students Receiving Special Education and Related Services in an Off-Campus Program
Summary: The proposed new rule would establish provisions for Texas Education Agency's approval and monitoring of off-campus programs for students receiving special education and related services.
Publication in the Texas Register: June 28, 2019
Public Comment Period: June 28, 2019-July 29, 2019
Public Hearing Notice: Public hearings to solicit testimony and input on the proposal will be held at 1:00 p.m. on July 15, 2019, and on July 18, 2019, in Room 1-100, William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. Anyone wishing to testify at one of the hearings must sign in between 12:45 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the day of the respective hearing. The hearing will conclude once all who have signed in have been given the opportunity to comment. Due to construction work around the William B. Travis Building, parking for persons with physical disabilities is limited, but spaces are available in Garage R, located on the block directly east of the William B. Travis Building, on every level nearest to the elevators.
Proposed Effective Date: September 22, 2019


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions, Division 1, Status, Standards, and Sanctions, §97.1051, Definitions, and Proposed New §97.1060, Considerations Regarding Needs Improvement Rating 
Summary: The proposed amendment to §97.1051 would expand the definition for campus turnaround, remove the definition for professional service provider, and add definitions for chain of unacceptable performance ratings and intervention pause. Proposed new §97.1060 would implement and clarify the interventions that will result from an assignment of a "D" rating to a public school in accordance with statutory provisions.
Publication in the Texas Register: June 28, 2019
Public Comment Period: June 28, 2019-July 29, 2019
Public Hearing Notice: A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 15, 2019, in Room 1-100, William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing must sign in between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hearing. The hearing will conclude once all who have signed in have been given the opportunity to comment.
Proposed Effective Date: September 22, 2019


 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Implementation of the Academic Content Areas Testing Program, Division 2, Participation and Assessment Requirements for Graduation, §101.3022, Assessment Requirements for Graduation 
Summary: The proposed amendment would modify the rule to reflect changes in statute made by Senate Bill 213, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, and update expiration dates.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 26, 2019
Public Comment Period: July 26, 2019-August 26, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: November 4, 2019
 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Implementation of the Academic Content Areas Testing Program, Division 2, Participation and Assessment Requirements for Graduation, §101.3024, Assessment Requirements for Students First Enrolled in Grade 9 Prior to 2011-2012 School Year or First Enrolled in Grade 10 or Above in 2011-2012 School Year 
Summary: The proposed amendment would modify the rule to reflect changes in statute made by Senate Bill (SB) 213, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, and update an expiration date.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 26, 2019
Public Comment Period: July 26, 2019-August 26, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: November 4, 2019

 


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 109, Budgeting, Accounting, and Auditing, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Financial Accountability, §109.1001, Financial Accountability Ratings 
Summary: The proposed amendment would update financial accountability rating information and rating worksheets for school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and charter schools operated by public institutions of higher education.
Publication in the Texas Register: June 21, 2019
Public Comment Period: June 21, 2019-July 22, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: September 15, 2019

School FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating years 2017-2018 through 2019-2020
School FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating year 2020-2021
Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating year 2017-2018
Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating year 2020-2021
IHE Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating years 2016-2017 through 2019-2020

IHE Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated June 2019 for rating year 2020-2021  


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 129, Student Attendance, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules, §129.1025, Adoption by Reference: Student Attendance Accounting Handbook

Summary: The amendment would adopt by reference the 2019-2020 Student Attendance Accounting Handbook.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 5, 2019
Public Comment Period: July 5, 2019-August 5, 2019
Proposed Effective Date: September 30, 2019
 


Contact Information

Rulemaking Unit
Phone: (512) 475-1497
Email: rules@tea.texas.gov