Long-Range Plan for Public Education
The State Board of Education approved a new Long-Range Plan for Public Education at its Nov. 16, 2018 board meeting and the Texas Legislature began enacting many of the recommendations during the 2019 legislative session.
Four years in the making, this plan creates recommendations to be achieved by the year 2030 in four broad categories.
The goals of access and equity serve as the overarching vision of the proposed plan. These goals refer to funding, as well as access to advanced courses and modern technology.
Identified as key topics under access and equity are:
• Student Engagement and Empowerment
• Family Engagement and Empowerment
• Educator Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention
House Bill (HB) 3 was the primary bill that turned Long-Range Plan recommendations into law. For example, it provided for full-day kindergarten and established a Teacher Incentive Program that will boost efforts to place high-performing teachers in rural or high needs areas. Learn more about recommendations that have become law.
The Long-Range Plan for Public Education was crafted with the help of an 18-member steering committee, which included State Board members, local school board members, administrators, teachers, parents, business representatives, students, professors, and representatives of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The steering committee met in Austin five times during the 2017-2018 school year. The meeting dates were:
- Sept. 12 2017 - Travis State Office Building, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Room 104, Austin, Texas
- Nov. 6, 2017 - American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- Feb. 21, 2018 - American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- April 9, 2018 - American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
- May 14-15, 2018 - American Institutes for Research, 4700 Mueller Blvd., Room 108, Austin, Texas
Community Conversation meetings
The board and the steering committee hosted 10 in-person community meetings around the state, as well as two virtual meetings, to gather comments on the four identified topics. Summaries of public comments received at the meetings are available online.
Texans give input via survey
Along with attending community meetings, almost 11,500 Texans provided input through an online survey available in English and Spanish. The survey results are now available.
Presentations and resources presented to the steering committee
Multi-Tier Systems of Support (PDF, 1,896 KB)
Early Learning (PDF, 1,315 KB)
Future Readiness (PDF, 1,532 KB)
Nov. 6, 2017 meeting
Family Engagement and Empowerment Presentation by Lacy Wood (PDF, 23,079 KB)
Foundation School Program Presentation by Joe Wisnoski (PDF, 633 KB)
Sept. 12, 2017 meeting
An Assessment of State Plans, Reports, and Data (PDF, 1,149 KB)
November 2018 SBOE meetings
State statute requires the 15-member elected State Board of Education to adopt a Long-Range Plan for Public Education. The board began efforts to craft the latest plan four years ago, with the most intense work occurring over the past year.