September 2016 Committee on Instruction Item 1

Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum
(Second Reading and Final Adoption)

September 16, 2016

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item presents for second reading and final adoption proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum, to update the rule to add the newly adopted Personal Financial Literacy course to the list of courses a district is required to offer at the high school level. No changes are recommended since approved for first reading.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.0021.

TEC, §7.102(c)(4), requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to establish curriculum and graduation requirements.

TEC, §28.002, identifies the subjects of the required curriculum and requires the SBOE by rule to identify the essential knowledge and skills of each subject in the required curriculum that all students should be able to demonstrate and that will be used in evaluating instructional materials and addressed on the state assessment instruments.

TEC, §28.0021, requires each school district and open-enrollment charter school that offers a high school program to provide an elective course in personal financial literacy that meets the requirements for a one-half elective credit.

EFFECTIVE DATE: The proposed effective date of the proposed amendment is 20 days after filing as adopted with the Texas Register. Under TEC, §7.102(f), the SBOE must approve the rule action at second reading and final adoption by a vote of two-thirds of its members to specify an effective date earlier than the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The earlier effective date will ensure that board rules align with statute in a timely manner.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The SBOE adopted 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter A, effective September 1, 1996. Section 74.3 was last amended effective August 24, 2015. The SBOE approved proposed amendment to 19 TAC §74.3 for first reading and filing authorization at the July 2016 SBOE meeting.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: House Bill 2662, 83rd Texas Legislature, 2013, amended the TEC, §28.0021, to require school districts and open-enrollment charter schools offering a high school program to provide a one-half credit elective course in personal financial literacy. At the April 2014 meeting, the SBOE prioritized the new course to be developed and requested that Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff move forward with the development of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for the one-half credit elective course in personal financial literacy.

A committee of secondary and postsecondary educators and business and industry representatives was convened in Austin in May 2015 for a face-to-face meeting to begin working on recommendations for the personal financial literacy elective course. The committee conducted three additional virtual meetings to finalize its first draft recommendations. The SBOE adopted new 19 TAC Chapter 113, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Social Studies, Subchapter C, High School, §113.49, Personal Financial Literacy (One-Half Credit), Adopted 2016, in January 2016.

Attachment II reflects the text of the proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter A, for consideration by the SBOE. The proposed amendment would update §74.3(b)(2)(D) to add Personal Financial Literacy to the list of social studies courses a school district is required to offer at the high school level in accordance with the TEC, §28.0021. No changes are recommended since approved for first reading.

FISCAL IMPACT: The TEA has determined that there are no additional costs to persons or entities required to comply with the proposed rule action. In addition, there is no direct adverse economic impact for small businesses and microbusinesses; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis, specified in Texas Government Code, §2006.002, is required. There is no effect on local economy for the first five years that the proposed amendment is in effect; therefore, no local employment impact statement is required under Texas Government Code, §2001.022.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include an additional course option for students in high school and an additional opportunity for students to learn about personal finance.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS:
The proposed amendment would have no new procedural and reporting requirements.

LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: The proposed amendment would have no new locally maintained paperwork requirements.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: Following the July 2016 SBOE meeting, notice of the proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum, was filed with the Texas Register, initiating the official public comment period. No comments had been received at the time this item was prepared. A summary of any public comments received regarding the proposal will be provided to the SBOE during the September 2016 meeting.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED:
The State Board of Education:

By an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the board, approve for second reading and final adoption proposed amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum, with an effective date of 20 days after filing as adopted with the Texas Register.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Support Services

Shelly Ramos, Senior Director
Curriculum Standards and Student Support

Attachments:

I. Statutory Citations (PDF, 19KB)
II. Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter A, Required Curriculum, §74.3, Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum (PDF, 23KB)