TEA Requests Comments on New ESSA Waiver Testing Requirements for Accelerated Students

In the long running saga of ESSA testing requirements for accelerated students…TEA is currently proposing to “broaden the [8th grade] advanced mathematics exception to include all middle school students administered EOC assessments in mathematics, language arts, and science. The approval of this waiver would not exempt any sixth through eighth grade students enrolled in advanced courses from assessment requirements. However, it would align the assessment requirements with students’ instruction, where possible.”

A copy of the new proposed testing rules for accelerated students may be accessed here. The public comment period ends March 30, 2020.

NOTE: TSA intends to submit comments on the proposed requirements and asks that each TSA accountability expert review the proposed new testing rules and email the district’s feedback, comments, and/or recommendations to dcarney@hillcopartners.com by Friday, March 6 .

Dee will combine all of the responses into one document for TSA leadership approval and submission to TEA.

TEA Requests Comments on a Proposed Amendment regarding Participation of English Learners in State Assessments

TEA is proposing an amendment that would “modify the rule to provide clarification for the assessment of English learners (ELs) with significant cognitive disabilities.”

The proposed amendment may be accessed here. The public comment period ends March 30, 2020.

NOTE: TSA intends to submit comments on the proposed amendment and asks that each TSA accountability expert review the proposed amendment and email the district’s feedback, comments, and/or recommendations to dcarney@hillcopartners.com by Friday, March 6 .

Dee will combine all of the responses into one document for TSA leadership approval and submission to TEA.

TEA Requests Comments on Proposed Rules regarding Industry-Based Certifications for Accountability

TEA is proposing that, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, “ the list of industry-based certifications to be used for academic accountability ratings will be provided in the annually adopted accountability manual.”

The proposed amendment may be accessed here. The public comment period ends March 16, 2020.

NOTE: TSA intends to submit comments on the proposed amendment and asks that each TSA accountability expert review the proposed amendment and email the district’s feedback, comments, and/or recommendations to dcarney@hillcopartners.com by Friday, March 6 .

Dee will combine all of the responses into one document for TSA leadership approval and submission to TEA.

2020 Accountability Development Update & Accountability Reset

ICYMI… TEA is partnering with Texas A&M University Education Research Center (TAMU ERC) to conduct a feasibility study, that will include a set of recommendations, regarding the HB 3906 transition to administer all STAAR tests electronically by 2022-2023.

According to the agency’s announcement on February 27, all campuses and districts will be receiving correspondence from TAMU ERC regarding the statewide needs assessment survey between  March and April 2020.  The survey window will be open for  three weeks  upon receipt and will require the collaboration of multiple leaders within each campus/district.

For more information about the feasibility study, please see TEA’s correspondence here.

Breaking News for Busy People

“A Conversation with Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner”

On March 6th, plan to join The Texas Tribune in person or  livestream  for a conversation with Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath about the state of public education in Texas. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith will moderate the discussion. More details here.

“Standardized tests a poor yardstick”

Dr. Brian Woods, Superintendent of Northside ISD, TSA officer and TASA president-elect, asks and answers the question,  Does our state’s school accountability system reflect Texans’ values?” Read the full article here.