Volleyball Posts Wins and More on HB 5

The 9th grade, JV, and varsity volleyball teams all posted victories over Dallas Life Oak Cliff last night. All the volleyball teams remain undefeated in district play. The varsity is now 7-0 in district play. The varsity and JV return to action this Saturday against Palmer. Palmer does not have a 9th grade team. The JV game will start at 3:00 PM in the E. L. Kirk Gym.

There is a bonfire pep rally scheduled for 7:30 Thursday. It will be held just south of the football stadium. Everyone is invited to come out and support all of the fall sports, cheerleaders, and band.

I want to continue our discussion of HB 5 this morning. One of the striking differences in HB 5 from current law is that HB 5 again recognizes the importance of career and technology courses. Career and technology include courses such as agricultural science, computer technology, business courses, and health care related courses. In HB 5 the emphasis is placed on career and technology courses that lead to certification or licensure in an area of study.

Another part of HB 5 requires districts to partner with an institute of higher education to develop college preparatory courses. These courses are designed for students that are identified as not being prepared for college level course work. Below is information from a summary of HB 5 related to career and technology courses and the college preparatory courses.

Career and Technology Education Courses Developed through Local Partnerships
Introduces a new career and technology education (CTE) course development option. Allows a district to offer a course or other activity needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is approved by the local school board for credit without obtaining SBOE approval under certain circumstances.

Requires that the courses or activities be developed by the district in partnership
with a public or private institution of higher education and local business, labor, and community leaders.

Requires the courses or activities to allow students to enter a career and technology training program in the district’s region of the state; an institution of higher education without remediation; an apprenticeship training program; or an internship required as part of accreditation toward an industry-recognized credential or certificate. Mandates that a district report such local course offerings to the TEA on an annual basis, and that

District Responsibilities for CTE Courses
Requires a district to encourage to the greatest extent possible that students in CTE programs enroll in dual credit courses that lead to a degree, license, or certification.

College Preparatory Courses
Removes responsibility of the development of college preparatory courses from the TEA and higher education commissioners. Assigns responsibility of college preparatory courses to districts that must partner with at least one institution of higher education to develop and provide college preparatory courses in English language arts and math. Requires that the courses be designed for grade 12 students whose performance on an EOC exam does not meet college readiness standards; or coursework, college entrance exam, or higher education screener (e.g., Accuplacer) indicates the student is not ready for college-ready coursework.

Requires the courses developed be provided on the campus of the high school offering the course, or through distance learning or an online course provided through an institution of higher education with which the district has partnered. Mandates that high school and higher education faculty collaborate to ensure the courses are aligned with college readiness expectations.

Mandates that each district provide notice to district students and their parents or guardians regarding the benefits of enrolling in such a course.

Provides that a student who successfully completes an English language arts (ELA) course can use the credit to satisfy the advanced ELA credit requirement for the foundation school program, and a student who successfully completes a math course can use the credit to satisfy the advanced math credit requirement for the foundation school program.

Allows the college preparatory course to be offered for dual credit at the discretion of the higher education institution.

Requires each district in consultation with their higher education partner to develop or purchase instructional materials for the course, including technology resources using to the extent practical materials already developed. Allows the district’s Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) to be used in purchasing the materials and the commissioner to adopt rules regarding this use of the IMA. Requires the course and corresponding materials be available to students not later than the 2014–2015 school year.


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