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 New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1006, Foundation School Program Funding for Reimbursement of Disaster Remediation Costs
Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect changes made by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by establishing the criteria, funding sources, and procedures that a school district or an open-enrollment charter school, all or part of which is located in an area declared a disaster area by the governor under Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, must meet in order to receive disaster remediation expense reimbursement.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 10, 2020
Public Comment Period: July 10, 2020-August 24, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: November 8, 2020

Send a public comment on Proposed New 19 TAC §61.1006


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter AA, Accountability and Performance Monitoring, §97.1003, Local Accountability System
Summary: The proposed amendment would address the enforceable aspects of the local accountability system and remove the local accountability system manual from rule.
2019 Local Accountability System Manual proposed for repeal
Publication in the Texas Register: June 12, 2020
Public Comment Period: June 12, 2020-July 27, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: October 4, 2020
 
Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §97.1003


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 additional flexibility for local education agencies that choose to test online.
Publication in the Texas Register: July 10, 2020
Public Comment Period: July 10, 2020-August 24, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: November 1, 2020

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


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 103, Health and Safety, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning School Safety and Discipline, §103.1209, Mandatory School Drills
Summary: The proposed new rule would implement Senate Bill 11, 86th Legislative Session, 2019, which mandated the adoption of procedures for evacuating school property and designation of the number and type of school drills.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 29, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 29, 2020-July 13, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: September 28, 2020

Send a public comment on Proposed New 19 TAC §103.1209


PROPOSED RULES WITH CLOSED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1003, Career and Technology Education Allotment for P-TECH and New Tech Network Campuses
Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect changes made by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by explaining how Texas Education Agency will calculate and make available funding under Texas Education Code, §48.106(a)(2)(B) and (C).
Publication in the Texas Register: May 8, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 8, 2020-June 8, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: July 30, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1004, Special Education Funding for Open-Enrollment Charter Schools
Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect changes made by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by explaining how Texas Education Agency will calculate and make available additional special education funding for open-enrollment charter schools and how the regular program allotment will be impacted.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 8, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 8, 2020-June 8, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: July 30, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1005, Additional State Aid for Staff Salary Increases at Regional Education Service Centers
Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect changes made by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by explaining how Texas Education Agency will calculate and make available funding under former Texas Education Code, §42.2513.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 8, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 8, 2020-June 8, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: July 30, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1008, School Safety Allotment
Summary: The proposed new rule would reflect changes made by Senate Bill 11, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 1, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 1, 2020-June 15, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 30, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules on Reporting Requirements, §61.1026, Statutorily Required Reporting though the Public Education Information Management System

Summary: The proposed new rule would implement legislation that requires school districts to report information on the availability of school counselors and expanded learning opportunities through the Texas Student Data System Public Education Information Management System (TSDS PEIMS).
Publication in the Texas Register: February 14, 2020
Public Comment Period: February 14, 2020-March 16, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: May 24, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter BB, Commissioner's Rules on Reporting Requirements, §61.1027, Report on the Number of Disadvantaged Students
Summary: The proposed amendment would implement changes made by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by incorporating additional methods to determine a student's eligibility for state compensatory education funding.
Publication in the Texas Register: April 10, 2020
Public Comment Period: April 10, 2020-May 26, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 2, 2020


Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning School Facilities
Summary: The proposed revisions would remove an obsolete rule, provide an end date for the current school facilities standards rule, and create a new rule to implement the safety standards required by Senate Bill 11, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 15, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 15, 2020-June 29, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: September 1, 2020


Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 62, Commissioner's Rules Concerning the Equalized Wealth Level
Summary: The proposed repeal of 19 TAC §62.1071 would remove outdated provisions. The proposed amendment to 19 TAC §62.1072 would implement House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by adopting as part of the Texas Administrative Code new manuals that describe the processes and procedures that Texas Education Agency will use in the administration of the provisions of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 49, and the fiscal, procedural, and administrative requirements that must be met by school districts subject to TEC, Chapter 49.
Manual: Options and Procedures for Local Revenue in Excess of Entitlement 2019-2020 School Year
Manual: Options and Procedures for Local Revenue in Excess of Entitlement 2020-2021 School Year
Publication in the Texas Register: April 24, 2020
Public Comment Period: April 24, 2020-June 8, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 30, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on College and Career Readiness, §74.1003, Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability
Summary: The proposed amendment would specify that, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability will be provided in the annually adopted accountability manual.
Publication in the Texas Register: February 14, 2020
Public Comment Period: February 14, 2020-March 16, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: May 24, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on College and Career Readiness, §74.1005, College and Career Funding and Reimbursements
Summary: The proposed new rule would address the career and technology education allotment, the college preparation assessment reimbursement, and the industry-based certification examination reimbursement.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 1, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 1, 2020-June 15, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 30, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter AA, Accountability and Performance Monitoring, §97.1001, Accountability Rating System
Summary: The proposed amendment would adopt in rule applicable excerpts of the 2020 Accountability Manual.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 1, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 1, 2020-June 1, 2020
Public Hearing Notice: A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 22, 2020. The public may participate in the hearing virtually by linking to the meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpYsd-6hqTMux0hZ13YSgJo32h9UFjPK4w. Parties interested in testifying must register online between 8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the date of the hearing and are encouraged to also send written testimony to performance.reporting@tea.texas.gov. The hearing will conclude once all who have registered have been given the opportunity to comment. Questions about the hearing should be directed to Performance Reporting at (512) 463-9704.
Proposed Effective Date: August 2, 2020


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter AA, Accountability and Performance Monitoring, §97.1005, Results Driven Accountability
Summary: The proposed amendment would adopt in rule applicable excerpts of the 2020 Results Driven Accountability (RDA) Manual.
Figure: Excerpts of the 2019 RDA Manual proposed for repeal
Figure: Excerpts of the 2020 RDA Manual
Publication in the Texas Register: May 22, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 22, 2020-June 22, 2020
Public Hearing Notice: Public hearings on the proposal are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on June 9 and 10, 2020. The public may participate in either or both the June 9 and June 10 hearings virtually by registering in advance for the meeting(s) at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqdumuqTwiE9aBg4Oz5ZGhc-Ff0rB_ZxyA. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting(s). Both hearings will be recorded and made available publicly. Parties interested in testifying must pre-register online prior to 1:00 pm on the date of the applicable hearing and are encouraged to also send written testimony to spedrule@tea.texas.gov. The hearing(s) will conclude once all who have registered have been given the opportunity to comment. Questions about the hearing should be directed to the Office of Special Populations at (512) 463-9414.
Proposed Effective Date: August 30, 2020


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
Summary: The proposed amendment would modify the rule to clarify testing requirements for accelerated students who have completed end-of-course assessments before entering high school.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 8, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 8, 2020-June 22, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 30, 2020


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 and open-enrollment charter schools.
School FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated April 2020 for rating years 2017-2018 through 2019-2020
School FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated April 2020 for rating year 2020-2021
Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated April 2020 for rating year 2017-2018
Charter FIRST - Rating Worksheet Dated April 2020 for rating year 2020-2021

Publication in the Texas Register: April 24, 2020
Public Comment Period: April 24, 2020-June 8, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 16, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 150, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal, Subchapter AA, Teacher Appraisal, §150.1012, Local Optional Teacher Designation System, and §150.1013, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Summary: The proposed new rules would implement Texas Education Code, §21.3521 and §48.112, by establishing rules for teacher designation.
Publication in the Texas Register: April 24, 2020
Public Comment Period: April 24, 2020-May 26, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: July 30, 2020


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 150, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal, Subchapter AA, Teacher Appraisal, §150.1014, Teacher Designation Performance Standards, and §150.1015, Local Optional Teacher Designation System Extenuating Circumstances
Summary: The proposed new rules would implement Texas Education Code, §21.3521, by establishing rules for teacher designation performance standards and addressing extenuating circumstances arising during the 2019-2020 school year.
Publication in the Texas Register: May 15, 2020
Public Comment Period: May 15, 2020-June 15, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: August 16, 2020


 

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