November 2019 Committee on Instruction

THURSDAY
November 14, 2019

9:15 a.m.

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION – Room 1-100

Members: Sue Melton-Malone, chair; Pam Little, vice chair; Aicha Davis; Georgina C. Pérez; Marty Rowley. A quorum of the State Board of Education may attend the committee meeting and discuss items on the committee agenda.

Public testimony – Individual testimony will be taken at the time the related item comes up for committee discussion or action. The procedures for registering and taking public testimony at State Board of Education committee meetings and general board meetings are provided online.

1.    Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.27, Innovative Courses and Programs 
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)


This item presents for second reading and final adoption a proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.27, Innovative Courses and Programs. The proposed amendment would update the rule to modify the requirements for approval of innovative courses, specify that innovative courses cannot be approved if they substantially duplicate the content of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-based courses, and add requirements for review of ethnic studies innovative courses approved by the commissioner. No changes are recommended since approved for first reading. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §28.002(f).    

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

2.    Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.26, Award of Credit
(First Reading and Filing Authorization) 


This item presents for first reading and filing authorization a proposed amendment to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C, Other Provisions, §74.26, Award of Credit. The proposed amendment would update the rule to clarify that a district may award credit proportionately for successful completion of half of a course regardless of the time duration of the course. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4) and §28.025(a).    

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

3.    Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts, Subchapter C, High School, §117.312, Music, Level III (One Credit), Adopted 2013; §117.313, Music, Level IV (One Credit), Adopted 2013; and §117.314, Music Studies (One Credit), Adopted 2013
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)


This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts, Subchapter C, High School, §117.312, Music, Level III (One Credit), Adopted 2013; §117.313, Music, Level IV (One Credit), Adopted 2013; and §117.314, Music Studies (One Credit), Adopted 2013, to revise the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for music to align with current International Baccalaureate (IB) course offerings in music. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002(a) and (c), and 28.025(a).  

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

4.    Approval of Update of Instructional Materials for EDUSPARK, Inc.

EDUSPARK, Inc. is requesting approval to update content in four of its adopted products for Spanish language arts and reading: Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura Kindgergarten; Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura 1; Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura 4; and Lengua, Ritmo y Cultura 5. The updated content has been reviewed by curriculum subject-area specialists and determined to address the pertinent student expectations in a manner equal to the content initially reviewed and approved by the state review panel. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.003 and §31.022.    

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5.    Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency 

This item provides an opportunity for the committee and board to discuss the final extension to the test vendor contracts for the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. The initial three-year contracts allowed for two one-year extensions. The first contract extension expires on August 31, 2020. The final extension would expire on August 31, 2021. Statutory authority for this action is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.111.    

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

6.    Review of 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials, and Subchapter C, Local Operations

Texas Government Code, §2001.039, establishes a four-year rule review cycle for all state agency rules, including State Board of Education (SBOE) rules. This item presents the review of 19 TAC Chapter 66, State Adoption and Distribution of Instructional Materials, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Subchapter B, State Adoption of Instructional Materials, and Subchapter C, Local Operations. The rules being reviewed establish procedures for the adoption, purchase, and distribution of instructional materials. The statutory authority for the rule review is the Texas Government Code, §2001.039. The statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 66, Subchapters A-C, is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(23), 31.002, §31.003, 31.023, 31.035, and House Bill (HB) 3526, Section 5, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.  

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION