March 23, 2015
SUBJECT: HOUSE BILL 5 FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM ENDORSEMENTS
During the 83rd
Texas Legislature, Regular Session, the passage of House Bill (HB) 5 initiated
substantial changes to the curriculum requirements needed for high school
graduation in Texas. As a part of this legislation, HB 5, Section 83(a)
requires that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) conduct an evaluation to
understand how these changes were implemented and to estimate the effect of these
changes on student outcomes. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your
participation in a brief survey as part of this larger evaluation.
About the Evaluation
TEA has contracted
with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and their partner on the contract, Resources
for Learning (RFL), to conduct the evaluation during the 2014-15 school year. As
part of this evaluation, AIR will survey all districts in the state to understand
- which endorsements for
the foundation high school program diploma are being offered,
- which course sequence
options are being offered that align with those endorsements,
- how endorsements were
- how the new graduation
requirements and endorsement offerings were introduced and promoted to students
and parents, and
- the extent to which
districts are encouraging the selection of particular endorsements and are
promoting the attainment of a distinguished level of achievement.
How Will My District Be
on March 24, 2015, AIR will survey districts. The survey will be conducted electronically through the
district email provided in AskTED. The email will contain instructions suggesting
who should participate in the survey and a link to complete the survey online.
The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and the
administration window will remain open until April 28, 2015.
Why Should My District Be
a part of this evaluation, TEA is seeking to gain an understanding of the
implementation of HB 5 requirements at the district level. District personnel
offer unique and valuable insight into the methods used to ensure
implementation of HB 5 for the 2014-15 school year as well as how local needs
were considered as part of the implementation of the new requirements. Although
your district’s participation is voluntary, data provided from the perspective
of districts may help inform the direction of future legislation. Members of
the Texas Legislature have also independently requested information about the
implementation of these new graduation requirements.
What Can I Do Now?
your participation, we expect that this evaluation will be able to provide
critical feedback about the ongoing implementation and impact of HB 5 and will enable
TEA and the Texas Legislature to make informed decisions about future high
school graduation requirements.
you in advance for your assistance. Please contact Lauren Dwiggins at 512-463-0922 or Lauren.Dwiggins@tea.texas.gov with any questions related specifically
to this data collection.
Standards and Programs
Texas Education Agency
Assessment and Accountability
Texas Education Agency