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 AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1010, Additional State Aid for School Districts that Contract to Partner to Operate a District Campus
Summary: The proposed amendment would align the rule with changes made by Senate Bill 2117 and House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, and revise the list of allotments to be excluded from the entitlement.
Publication in the Texas Register: December 18, 2020 
Public Comment Period: December 18, 2020-January 25, 2021. NOTE: This comment period reflects a corrected start date of December 18, 2020. 
Proposed Effective Date: March 30, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §61.1010


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on College and Career Readiness, §74.1007, College, Career, or Military Readiness Outcomes Bonus
Summary: The proposed new rule would specify applicable guidelines for the annual calculation of the college, career, or military readiness (CCMR) outcomes bonus added by House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
Publication in the Texas Register: January 1, 2021
Public Comment Period: January 1, 2021-February 1, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: April 4, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed New 19 TAC §74.1007


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter DD, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Substitute Assessments for Graduation, §101.4002, State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness End-of-Course Substitute Assessments
Summary: The proposed amendment would add the new Texas Success Initiative Assessment, Version 2.0 (TSIA2) to the list of approved substitute assessments.
Figure: Substitute Assessments Standards
Publication in the Texas Register: December 25, 2020
Public Comment Period: December 25, 2020-January 25, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: April 4, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §101.4002


Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 103, Health and Safety, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Safe Schools, §103.1205, Pilot Program for Placement of Students in Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Program
Summary: The proposed repeal would remove the rule since its authorizing statute has expired.
Publication in the Texas Register: January 1, 2021
Public Comment Period: January 1, 2021-February 1, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: April 4, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC §103.1205


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 150, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Educator Appraisal, Subchapter AA, Teacher Appraisal, §150.1012, Local Optional Teacher Designation System
Summary: The proposed amendment would update provisions for local optional teacher designation systems to address the lack of State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®) testing in the 2019-2020 school year, ensure that the employing school district receives the allotment for a designated teacher, modify the percentage each district receives if a designated teacher is employed by multiple districts, add another reason designations may be voided, improve the quality of local designation systems by requiring calibration activities to be tied to the approved teacher observation rubric and requiring that the student growth and teacher observation data be from the same teaching assignment, and remove obsolete provisions.
Publication in the Texas Register: January 15, 2021
Public Comment Period: January 15, 2021-February 16, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: April 20, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §150.1012


Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 152, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Examination Requirements, §152.1001, Exceptions to Examination Requirements for Individuals Certified Outside the State
Summary: The proposed amendment would streamline the process that individuals certified outside the state must follow for consideration of an exception to the state-mandated examination requirements for certification and would specify requirements for exemption to the new Science of Teaching Reading TExES examination. The proposed amendment replaces an amendment to §152.1001 published as proposed in the November 6, 2020 issue of the Texas Register.
Publication in the Texas Register: January 1, 2021
Public Comment Period: January 1, 2021-February 1, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: March 28, 2021

Send a public comment on Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §152.1001


PROPOSED RULES WITH CLOSED PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODS


Proposed Amendment 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules on School Finance, §61.1016, Hazardous Transportation Funding
Summary: The proposed amendment would reflect statutory changes resulting from House Bill 3, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by updating a cross reference and lowering the rate for high-risk-of-violence walking areas from $1.08 to $1.00 per mile.
Publication in the Texas Register: October 2, 2020
Public Comment Period: October 2, 2020-November 2, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: January 10, 2021


Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 89, Adaptations for Special Populations, Subchapter AA, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education Services, Division 1, General Provisions, Division 2, Clarification of Provisions in Federal Regulations and State Law, and Division 7, Dispute Resolution
Summary: The proposed revisions would reflect changes resulting from state legislation and federal guidance; provide clarification related to the full individual and initial evaluation, contracting for services from non-public day schools, and placement of students with disabilities in off-campus programs; update references to statute and state agency names; and remove expired provisions.
Publication in the Texas Register: October 16, 2020
Public Comment Period: October 16, 2020-November 16, 2020
Public Hearing Information: Public hearings on the proposal are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on October 27 and 29, 2020. The public may participate in the October 27 hearing virtually by registering in advance for the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6792855729. Dial in by phone at +1 346 248 7799. Supported devices can access the meeting at +13462487799,,6792855729#. The public may participate in the October 29 hearing virtually by registering in advance for the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87843168566. Dial in by phone at +1 346 248 7799. Supported devices can access the meeting at +13462487799,,87843168566#. Both hearings will be recorded and made available publicly. Parties interested in testifying must log in between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. 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 hearings should be directed to SpecialEducation@tea.texas.gov. Additionally, persons requiring special accommodations, including the use of an interpreter, should notify the agency by emailing SpecialEducation@tea.texas.gov at least five working days before the respective hearing.
Proposed Effective Date: January 24, 2021


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 indicate that the Texas Education Agency will not issue accreditation statuses in the 2020-2021 academic year due to the lack of accountability ratings for the prior academic year and that, for purposes of issuing lowered accreditation statuses based on consecutive years of performance, the 2019 and the 2021 academic accountability ratings are consecutive.
Publication in the Texas Register: November 13, 2020 
Public Comment Period: November 13, 2020-December 14, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: February 14, 2021


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 102, Educational Programs, Subchapter LL, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Innovative Instructional Programs, §102.1501, Blended Learning Grant Program
Summary: The proposed new rule would establish an application and selection process for awarding grants under this section and an application process to establish a list of programs that may be used for training.
Publication in the Texas Register: December 11, 2020 
Public Comment Period: December 11, 2020-January 11, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: March 23, 2021


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 102, Educational Programs, Subchapter LL, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Innovative Instructional Programs, §102.1503, Math Innovation Zone Designation
Summary: The proposed new rule would establish the requirements for a school district or open-enrollment charter school to earn a Math Innovation Zone designation.
Publication in the Texas Register: December 11, 2020 
Public Comment Period: December 11, 2020-January 11, 2021
Proposed Effective Date: March 23, 2021


Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 103, Health and Safety, Subchapter EE, Safe and Supportive School Program and Trauma-Informed Care Policy and Training
Summary: The proposed new subchapter would implement Senate Bill 11, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by establishing rules for a safe and supportive school program and trauma-informed care.
Publication in the Texas Register: September 11, 2020
Public Comment Period: September 11, 2020-October 12, 2020
Proposed Effective Date: December 6, 2020


 

Contact Information

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