This Week and Legislative Update

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! The end of the 2012-2013 school year is fast approaching. We have four days of classes this week and two next week. The two class days next week are both early release days.

This Week

Tuesday – Senior/Faculty Picnic; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30

Wednesday – Senior Breakfast; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Baccalaureate – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church

Thursday – Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Early Childhood Graduation

Friday – Intermediate -Skating and Money-Aire

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – E. L. Kirk Gymnasium

Legislative Update

Below is a summary provided by TASB of the major changes in testing and graduation requirements recently passed by the legislature:

Both the House and Senate adopted the conference committee report for HB 5 (Aycock/Patrick, Dan) over the weekend, sending the bill to the governor. HB 5 would, among other things:

  •  Reduce end-of-course exams from 15 to 5: Algebra I, U.S. history, biology, English I and English II (reading and writing would be combined into one exam for both English I and II).
  • Replace the current minimum, recommended and distinguished graduation plans with a foundation graduation plan consisting of four English credits; three      science, social studies and math credits; two foreign language/computer      programming credits; one fine arts credit; one physical education credit; and five elective credits.
  • Create a distinguished achievement and endorsement graduation plans, including  endorsements in STEM, business & industry, public services, multi-disciplinary studies, and arts & humanities.
  • Require four science credits and algebra II for automatic state college admissions under the top 10 percent rule and state financial aid, and allow all      students to be eligible to apply for Texas colleges.
  • Allow districts to administer state-developed Algebra II and English III exams      for diagnostic purposes.
  • Establish an A through F accountability rating system for school districts beginning with the 2016-17 school year, while campuses will remain under the      existing exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable system.
  • Prohibit schools from pulling students out of class for more than 10 percent of      class time for test preparation or remediation without parental consent.
  • Require the SBOE to adopt at least six advanced CTE courses, including courses in personal financial literacy and statistics, that satisfy the fourth credit in math.
  • Require all students entering grade 9 to select an endorsement, allow students to  change endorsements at any time, and allow students to opt into the      foundation plan with parental consent after grade 10.
  • Prohibits schools from administering more than two benchmark tests per student per subject, not to include college readiness exams such as the SAT or ACT.
  • Require TEA to minimize the effect test administration has on a campus and student instruction.

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