Withdrawn Commissioner of Education Rules

Withdrawal of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Implementation of the Academic Content Areas Testing Program, Division 1, Implementation of Assessment Instruments, §101.3011, Implementation and Administration of Academic Content Area Assessment Instruments

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) withdraws an amendment to §101.3011, concerning implementation and administration of academic content area assessment instruments. The amendment was published as proposed in the August 24, 2018 issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 5467). The proposed amendment would have required Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to administer to students assessments in any subject and grade required by federal law but not administered by the TEA under Texas Education Code, §39.023, and would have specified the assessments to be given to certain students.

As part of its Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan, the TEA will request that the Texas Legislature appropriate funds beginning in the 2019-2020 school year for high school students who completed state testing requirements prior to high school to take once either the ACT or the SAT to fulfill federal testing requirements. The TEA would then adopt additional administrative rules that will require all students to take appropriate assessments to be used for federal accountability. This plan is contingent on the legislature appropriating funds for this purpose.

In addition, the TEA will request a waiver of these testing requirements for the 2018-2019 school year. The TEA will provide local education agencies (LEAs) in Texas with notice and a reasonable opportunity to comment on this waiver request. Public notice of the waiver request, and the notification of a 30-day public comment period on the waiver, will be sent to LEAs and published in the In Addition section of the February 22, 2019 issue of the Texas Register.

For more information, email rules@tea.texas.gov.