April 2021 Committee on Instruction Item 2

Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 111, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, Subchapter D, Other High School Mathematics Courses, §§111.56-111.59
(First Reading and Filing Authorization)

April 16, 2021

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY: This item presents for first reading and filing authorization the proposed repeal of 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 111, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, Subchapter D, Other High School Mathematics Courses, §111.56, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.57, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.58, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits); and §111.59, International Baccalaureate (IB) Further Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits). The proposed repeal would eliminate, effective beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, courses that are no longer offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4); 28.002(a); and 28.025(a).

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, §28.025(a), requires the SBOE to by rule determine the curriculum requirements for the foundation high school graduation program that are consistent with the required curriculum under TEC, §28.002.

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 repeal 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 would repeal the IB mathematics courses no longer offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization beginning with the 2021-2022 school year and help avoid any confusion for school districts regarding other currently effective IB mathematics courses.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The SBOE originally adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for IB courses in English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and economics effective September 1, 1998; IB social studies courses effective September 1, 2001; IB technology applications courses effective September 26, 2011; and IB languages other than English courses effective July 15, 2014. The IB mathematics TEKS were amended effective October 10, 2012. The SBOE adopted revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 110, Subchapter D; 19 TAC Chapter 111, Subchapter D; 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapter D; and 19 TAC Chapter 114, Subchapter D, effective August 27, 2018.

At the June 2019 meeting, the SBOE approved proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 111, Subchapter D. These revisions became effective August 7, 2019.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: In June 2019, the SBOE adopted four new IB mathematics courses that the International Baccalaureate Organization would begin implementing in September 2019 as part of its diploma program. The new courses were designed to replace four existing courses: IB Mathematical Studies Standard Level, IB Mathematics Standard Level, IB Mathematics Higher Level, and IB Further Mathematics Higher Level. The four older courses were scheduled to be repealed at a later date to provide time for students who were already enrolled in one of the courses to complete the course. The proposed repeal would eliminate the four courses scheduled for repeal from the mathematics TEKS now that they are no longer necessary.

The attachment to this item reflects the text of proposed repeal of §§111.56-111.59 for consideration by the SBOE for first reading and filing authorization.

The proposed amendment was not presented as a discussion item. The SBOE, however, may wish to consider this item for first reading and filing authorization as authorized under its operating procedures. Therefore, this item is presented for consideration for first reading and filing authorization at this meeting. It is recommended the SBOE consider this item for first reading and filing authorization to ensure that only those TEKS applicable for the 2021-2022 school year are included in the TAC to assist educators with planning and to avoid confusion.

FISCAL IMPACT: The 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. During the first five years the proposed rulemaking would be in effect, it would repeal existing regulations by eliminating, effective beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, courses that are no longer offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

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 create a new regulation; would not expand or limit 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 proposal would eliminate any confusion for school districts regarding IB mathematics course options by repealing IB mathematics courses that are no longer offered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. 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 May 14, 2021, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on June 18, 2021. The SBOE will take registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the appropriate committee meeting in June 2021 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 May 14, 2021.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Suspend the board operating procedures in accordance with §5.2(a) to allow consideration at first reading and filing authorization; and

Approve for first reading and filing authorization proposed repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 111, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, Subchapter D, Other High School Mathematics Courses, §111.56, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.57, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.58, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits); and §111.59, International Baccalaureate (IB) Further Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits).

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner, Standards and Support Services
Shelly Ramos, Senior Director, Curriculum Standards and Student Support

Attachment:
Text of Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 111, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, Subchapter D, Other High School Mathematics Courses, §111.56, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.57, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Standard Level (Two Credits); §111.58, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits); and §111.59, International Baccalaureate (IB) Further Mathematics Higher Level (Two Credits)