April 14, 2021 Committee of the Full Board

WEDNESDAY
April 14, 2021                                                    

9:00 a.m.

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD – Room 1-104

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. Commissioner’s Comments

This item provides an opportunity for the board to be briefed on current agenda items, agency operations, policy implementation, and public education-related legislation.

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

2. 
Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter C, High School, §§112.46-112.51
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)

This item presents for first reading and filing authorization proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter C, High School, §112.46, Implementation of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, High School, Adopted 2021; §112.47, Aquatic Science, Adopted 2021 (One Credit); §112.48, Astronomy, Adopted 2021 (One Credit); §112.49, Earth Science Systems, Adopted 2021 (One Credit); §112.50, Environmental Systems, Adopted 2021 (One Credit); and §112.51, Specialized Topics in Science, Adopted 2021 (One Credit). The proposed new sections would update the standards to ensure they remain current. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4); 28.002(a), (c), (j), and (n); and 28.025(a).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION


3. Ratification of Amendments to Proclamation 2022 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials

This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to ratify changes to the schedule of adoption procedures in Proclamation 2022, extending the deadline for submitting preliminary and final correlations, pre-adoption samples, and related deliverables and to allow publishers more time to create materials aligned to the newly revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Proclamation 2022 calls for instructional materials for health and physical education. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

4. Ratification of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines Coverage in Materials Submitted for the Texas Resource Review

This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to ratify the report from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (TPG) review committees regarding materials that were submitted for the Texas Resource Review (TRR). This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the coverage of the TEKS and TPG. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.081 and §31.082.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

5. Update on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Review


This item provides the opportunity for staff to present an update on the review of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and for the board to provide additional guidance to TEKS and ELPS review work groups. The board will also have an opportunity to take action on the schedule for review and revision of the TEKS and the review and adoption cycle for instructional materials aligned to revised TEKS. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002(a) and (c), and 28.025(a).

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

6. 
Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency

This item provides the opportunity for staff to brief committee members on the responses to the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued to solicit test providers relating to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 89, Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency and for the committee to approve recommended test provider(s). Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.111.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - ACTION

7. 
Adoption of Review of 19 TAC Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Subchapter B, Implementation of Assessments, and Subchapter C, Local Option
(Adoption of Review)


Texas Government Code (TGC), §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 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 101, Assessment, Subchapter A, General Provisions, Subchapter B, Implementation of Assessments, and Subchapter C, Local Option. The rules being reviewed address the development and administration of tests, voluntary assessment of private school students, the schedule for the release of tests, and administration and reporting of group-administered achievement tests. Statutory authority for the rule review is TGC, §2001.039. Statutory authority for 19 TAC Chapter 101, Subchapters A-C, is Texas Education Code (TEC), §§39.021, 39.022, 39.023, 39.025, 39.032, and 39.033.

COMMITTEE - ACTION
SBOE - CONSENT

8. Discussion of Proposed New 19 TAC Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter A, Elementary, §§112.2-112.7, and Subchapter B, Middle School, §§112.26-112.28


This item provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss proposed new 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 112, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science, Subchapter A, Elementary, §112.2, Science, Kindergarten, Adopted 2021; §112.3, Science, Grade 1, Adopted 2021; §112.4, Science, Grade 2, Adopted 2021; §112.5, Science, Grade 3, Adopted 2021; §112.6, Science, Grade 4, Adopted 2021; and §112.7, Science, Grade 5, Adopted 2021; and Subchapter B, Middle School, §112.26, Science, Grade 6, Adopted 2021; §112.27, Science, Grade 7, Adopted 2021; and §112.28, Science, Grade 8, Adopted 2021. The proposed new sections would update the standards to better align the content and ensure the standards remain current. Statutory authority is the Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4) and §28.002(a), (c), and (j).

COMMITTEE - DISCUSSION
SBOE - NO ACTION

9. Discussion of Pending Litigation

The State Board of Education may enter into executive session in accordance with the Texas Government Code, §551.071(1)(A), to discuss pending and contemplated litigation with the general counsel, legal staff, and, if necessary, attorney(s) from the Attorney General's Office. The Committee of the Full Board will meet in Room 1-103 to discuss this item.

Cases to be discussed may include:  

Tribune Company, No. 08-13141; The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Tribune Company v. Fitzsimmons, Adv. Pro. No. 10-54010 (Bankr. D. Del);

Deutsche Bank v Bank of America, No. 3:11-CV-01175-F (N. D. Tex., Dallas Div.) and Deutsche Bank v. Employees Retirement Fund of the City of Dallas, No. 3:11-CV-1167-F; (N. D. Tex. Dallas Div.) CONSOLIDATED in: In re: Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation; No. 11-MD-2296 Consolidated Multidistrict Action (S.D.N.Y.); and

any other litigation arising after the date of posting or reasonably contemplated as of the date of the board meeting.   

COMMITTEE – DISCUSSION
SBOE – NO ACTION