As you consider funding opportunities, especially those
offered by the United States Department of Education, I want to remind you of
the provisions in a new law prohibiting the adoption or use of the Common Core
The 83rd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 462 (HB
462), which contains several important prohibitions relating to curriculum
standards. The bill:
- prohibits the State Board of Education (SBOE)
from adopting Common Core State Standards;
- prohibits school districts
from using Common Core State Standards to meet the requirements to provide
instruction in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS);
- prohibits a school district or open enrollment charter school from being
required to offer the Common Core; and
- prohibits the Texas Education
Agency from adopting or developing assessments based on Common Core State
You may read the full text of HB 462 at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB00462F.pdf#navpanes=0.
Chapter 28 of the Texas Education Code requires the SBOE to develop the
essential knowledge and skills that Texas schools are required to teach.
Additionally, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) are
based entirely on those TEKS developed and adopted by the SBOE.
extent that you pursue funding that requires your district to use college and
career readiness standards, please remember that the Texas Legislature required
the adoption of college and career readiness standards in 2006, making Texas the
first state to mandate the development and use of college readiness standards.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board adopted the Texas College and
Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in 2008, and the SBOE has since embedded the
CCRS within the TEKS.
You may review the CCRS at: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/collegereadiness/crs.pdf.