September 2021 Committee on Instruction Item 5

Report from the Commissioner of Education Regarding Updated Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines Alignment for Adopted Instructional Materials

September 3, 2021

COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTION: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY: This item provides the opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to approve the updated Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines (TPG) coverage percentage on materials submitted for the TPG update review. Publishers supplied new content and/or new correlations to demonstrate alignment to TPG not addressed during the initial review. Products submitted with TPG updates were reviewed in the summer of 2021. This item presents the final report from the commissioner of education regarding the updated coverage of the TPG and alleged factual errors. 

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.023 and §31.024.

TEC, §31.023(a), requires the SBOE to adopt a list of instructional materials that meet applicable physical specifications and contain material covering at least half of the applicable TEKS in the student version and in the teacher version.

TEC, §31.023(b), requires that each instructional material on the list must be free from factual errors, suitable for the subject and grade level for which the instructional material was submitted, and reviewed by academic experts in the subject and grade level for which the instructional material was submitted,

TEC §31.024, requires the SBOE to make decisions to place material on the adopted list or reject material by majority vote and to provide a list of adopted materials no later than December 1 of the year prior to the year the materials are expected to be in classrooms.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: In November 2019, the board adopted revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 66, to provide an opportunity for publishers to submit updated content and new correlations to the content to update the product’s official TEKS or TPG coverage percentage.

Products eligible for the TPG update review were English and Spanish prekindergarten systems. 

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Require that all publishers make changes listed in the TPG Update Report of Editorial Changes;

Approve changes and corrections submitted in response to written comments and public testimony; and

Update the official TPG percentage for instructional materials reviewed for TPG Updates on the Instructional Materials Current Adoption Bulletin.

Staff Members Responsible:
Melissa Lautenschlager, Director, Instructional Materials and Implementation
Amie Williams, Director, Review and Adoption 

Attachment:                
June 2021 TPG Update Report

Separate Exhibit:        
June 2021 TPG Update Report of Editorial Changes
(to be provided at the September 2021 SBOE meeting)