June-July 2020 Committee on Instruction Item 2
Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 120, Other Essential Knowledge and Skills, Subchapter A, Character Traits
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)
July 2, 2020
COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION
SUMMARY: This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 120, Other Essential Knowledge and Skills, Subchapter A, Character Traits. The proposed new subchapter would add new Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for positive character traits for Kindergarten-Grade 12 in accordance with House Bill (HB) 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019.
TEC, §7.102(c)(4), requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to establish curriculum and graduation requirements.
TEC, §28.002(a), identifies the subjects of the required curriculum.
TEC, §28.002(c), requires the SBOE to by rule 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, §29.906, as amended by HB 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, requires the SBOE to integrate positive character traits into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for Kindergarten-Grade 12, as appropriate.
The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The proposed effective date of the proposed new sections is August 1, 2021. 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 2021-2022 school year. The earlier effective date will allow districts of innovation that begin school prior to the statutorily required start date to implement the proposed rulemaking when they begin their school year.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: A discussion item on character traits instruction was presented to the Committee of the Full Board at the January 2020 SBOE meeting.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed HB 1026, requiring the SBOE to integrate positive character traits into the essential knowledge and skills adopted for Kindergarten-Grade 12, as appropriate. The legislation requires the SBOE to include the following positive character education traits in the standards: courage; trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty; integrity; respect and courtesy; responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control; fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice; caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity; good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law; school pride; and gratitude. The legislation also requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to adopt a character education program that includes the required positive character traits.
At the January 2020 SBOE meeting, a discussion item on character traits instruction was presented to the Committee of the Full Board. The committee requested that staff prepare a proposal to add essential knowledge and skills for positive character traits as a new chapter in the TAC. First reading and filing authorization of this item was delayed from April 2020 because the meeting agenda was streamlined to accommodate a remote format due to disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the delay in this rulemaking, an implementation date of the 2021-2022 school year is recommended.
The proposed new sections would implement HB 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019, by establishing TEKS for positive character traits for Kindergarten-Grade 12. The standards would address requirements by grade bands, including Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. A proposed new section on implementation would also be added to specify the required frequency of the instruction and how the instruction may be provided.
The attachment to this item reflects the text of proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 120, Subchapter A, for consideration by the SBOE for first reading and filing authorization.
FISCAL IMPACT: Texas Education Agency (TEA) has determined that there are no additional costs to state or local government required to comply with the proposal.
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT IMPACT: The proposal has no effect on local economy; therefore, no local employment impact statement is required under Texas Government Code, §2001.022.
SMALL BUSINESS, MICROBUSINESS, AND RURAL COMMUNITY IMPACT: The proposal has no direct adverse economic impact for small businesses, microbusinesses, or rural communities; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis specified in Texas Government Code, §2006.002, is required.
COST INCREASE TO REGULATED PERSONS: The proposal does not impose a cost on regulated persons, another state agency, a special district, or a local government and, therefore, is not subject to Texas Government Code, §2001.0045.
TAKINGS IMPACT ASSESSMENT: The proposal does not impose a burden on private real property and, therefore, does not constitute a taking under Texas Government Code, §2007.043.
GOVERNMENT GROWTH IMPACT: TEA staff prepared a Government Growth Impact Statement assessment for this proposed rulemaking. The proposed rulemaking would create a new regulation by adding essential knowledge and skills for positive character traits as a new chapter in the TAC.
The proposed rulemaking would not create or eliminate a government program; would not require the creation of new employee positions or elimination of existing employee positions; would not require an increase or decrease in future legislative appropriations to the agency; would not require an increase or decrease in fees paid to the agency; would not expand, limit, or repeal an existing regulation; would not increase or decrease the number of individuals subject to its applicability; and would not positively or adversely affect the state's economy.
PUBLIC BENEFIT AND COST TO PERSONS: The proposed new rules would identify essential knowledge and skills in positive character traits for Kindergarten-Grade 12 in accordance with HB 1026, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019. There is no anticipated economic cost to persons who are required to comply with the proposal.
DATA AND REPORTING IMPACT: The proposal would have no data and reporting impact.
PRINCIPAL AND CLASSROOM TEACHER PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: TEA has determined that the proposal would not require a written report or other paperwork to be completed by a principal or classroom teacher.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: The public comment period on the proposal begins July 31, 2020, and ends September 4, 2020. The SBOE will take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the appropriate committee meeting in September 2020 in accordance with the SBOE board operating policies and procedures. A request for a public hearing on the proposal submitted under the Administrative Procedure Act must be received by the commissioner of education not more than 14 calendar days after notice of the proposal has been published in the Texas Register on July 31, 2020.
MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:
Approve for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 TAC Chapter 120, Other Essential Knowledge and Skills, Subchapter A, Character Traits.
Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Shelly Ramos, Senior Director, Curriculum Standards and Student Support