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Education – Assessments and Accountability Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact education for people with disabilities in Texas.

Education — Assessments and Accountability

Education Assessments and Accountability Bills (Telicon Report 4/17/2017)
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 61Ryan GuillenRelating to consideration under the public school accountability system of performance on assessment instruments by certain students formerly receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require reporting of students in grades 3-8 who exited special education based on school performance and assessments.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-21-17 H Committee action pending House Public Education
HB 194Diego BernalRelating to providing for endorsements for public high school students enrolled in special education programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would allow students receiving special education services to earn endorsements with or without modification and allow ARD to determine whether an exit test is needed.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-04-17 H Committee action pending House Public Education
HB 363Dan HubertyRelating to a prohibition of a monitoring system performance indicator based on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would prohibit a performance measure based on the number or percentage of students receiving special education services, but does not prohibit a performance indicator designed to monitor disproportionality by assessing the percentage of specific racial or ethnic groups who receive special education services.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-16-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Education
HB 657Diego BernalRelating to procedures for a student enrolled in a special education program who fails to perform satisfactorily on certain assessment instruments.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require an ARD committee meeting within 5 days of a district's receipt of a student's unsatisfactory assessment results and before the student is administered the assessment instrument for the second time.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-07-17 H Reported from committee as substituted House Public Education
HB 2130Kevin RobertsRelating to a study conducted by the Texas Education Agency regarding the impact of the statewide assessment program on students in special education programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require a study regarding the effect of statewide assessments on students receiving special education services. Would require TEA to address whether assessments are an accurate measure of achievement and if they result in grade level regression. The study would be used to modify contracts with assessment instrument vendors. Report due Oct. 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-11-17 H Voted favorably from committee as substituted House Public Education
HB 3369Dan HubertyRelating to the statewide plan for special education and assistance to public school districts in providing special education programs.
no datano dataRemarks: Would expand schools eligible for Education Service Center assistance in complying with federal special education requirements. Would add the Texas Higher Education Coordinating and the State Board for Educator Certification to the consortium designed to meet the personnel needs of all areas of specialization related to special education. Would require personnel involved in special education evaluations to be trained in linguistic and culturally appropriate evaluations and use appropriate assessment instruments including those in languages other than English.
no datano dataLast Action: 04-11-17 H Committee action pending House Public Education
SB 927Jose RodriguezRelating to special education recovery program operated by the Texas Education Agency.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require TEA to re-evaluate students denied special education services from 2004-2017. For students under 21, school districts meeting criteria will be required to provide special education services to eligible students using statewide federal special education funds.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-01-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 1068Bob HallRelating to physical fitness assessment of public school students.
no datano dataRemarks: Would remove the physical education assessment requirement for all students except on the request of a parent, including for students with disabilities.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 1210Charles PerryRelating to the creation of an advisory committee to review special education programs available in public schools.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish a 12-member special education program review advisory committee, two of whom must be related to a child who receives special education services. Report and recommendations due by September 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-09-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 1690Eddie LucioRelating to the requirements for a school district improvement plan.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require the district improvement plan for each ISD to include assessment of school climate as well as strategies to promote positive behavior management (not discipline management) and methods to promote a safe and supportive climate, including trauma-informed practices.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-22-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 1886Paul BettencourtRelating to the creation of the office of inspector general at the Texas Education Agency to investigate the administration of public education.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create OIG at TEA for criminal, civil, and administrative investigation, prevention, and detection of criminal misconduct, fraud, waste, and abuse at ISDs, charter schools, ESCs, and other LEAs.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-23-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education
SB 2081Larry TaylorRelating to information regarding the number of public school students receiving certain special education services.
no datano dataRemarks: Would add reporting requirements to TEA's PEIMS data system for number of students in Section 504 program and the number receiving response to intervention (RTI) assistance.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-28-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Education

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