Rep. Harold Dutton/Sen. Larry Taylor
- Repeals laws requiring satisfactory STAAR performance for promotion.
- Requires districts to establish an accelerated learning committee
for each student who does not perform satisfactorily on the third, fifth
or eighth grade math or reading STAAR exams. Not performing
- A student who did not meet grade level
- A student who did not take the exam (note that a district can give
such a student an assessment designed to show TEKS proficiency, such as
the beginning-of-the-year test, and use the results to determine whether
the student needs accelerated instruction)
Each time a student fails to perform satisfactorily on a STAAR or EOC exam in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth grade, the student must receive accelerated instruction in the applicable subject area during the subsequent summer or school year and either:
- be assigned a classroom teacher designated as a master, exemplary or recognized teacher in the applicable subject area under the Teacher Incentive Allotment program, or
- be provided supplemental instruction that meets certain requirements.
While in accelerated instruction, the district cannot remove a student from foundation curriculum classes or recess/other physical activity except under circumstances in which another student not receiving accelerated instruction would be removed.
- Districts receiving federal COVID-relief funding must include in
supplemental instruction targeted instruction in the applicable TEKS,
and the supplemental instruction must be provided in addition to
instruction normally provided to students, be provided for at least 30
hours during the summer or school year and include instruction at least
once a week during the school year (unless provided entirely during the
- The supplemental instruction must be provided individually or in
groups of no more than three unless parents of the students involved
authorize a larger group.
- Instruction must be provided by a person with training in the
materials for the supplemental instruction and, to the extent possible,
by one person for the entirety of the supplemental instruction period.
- Districts must establish a process allowing for parents of students
failing to perform satisfactorily on the specified STAAR exams to make a
request for assignment to a particular teacher for the subsequent
school year, if more than one is available. (This provision was a result
of a TCTA-initiated amendment to replace language that simply allowed
parents to directly choose the teacher.)
- Replaces grade placement committees with the accelerated learning committee (retaining the same composition).
- Provides that if a student fails to perform satisfactorily in the
subject area for a second year, the superintendent/designee must meet
with the accelerated learning committee to determine why and whether the
plan developed for the student should be modified and/or additional
resources provided. The superintendent’s designee for this purpose may
be a regional service center employee and may not be a member of the
accelerated learning committee.
- Requires assignment of a student who fails the STAAR and is promoted
to the next grade to an appropriately certified teacher, but allows
waiver of the requirement by the commissioner on request of a school
Strong foundations grant program
- Creates a “strong foundations grant program” for K-5 campuses or
programs to implement a rigorous school approach combining high-quality
instruction, materials and support structures.
- Components of the grant program include the use of high-quality
instructional materials and curriculum, the use of aligned diagnostic
and formative assessments, aligned professional supports, practices
designed to ensure high-quality supports for students with disabilities,
evidence-based practices to increase and maintain parental engagement,
and measurement of fidelity of program implementation.
- Districts/charters receiving grants can use funds to financial
support or train educators and staff, pay for other entities to provide
preK services, or pay for accelerated instruction.
- The commissioner can require certain low-performing campuses to
comply with all requirements of the strong foundations grant program
(regardless of whether the district is participating in the grant
- This requirement would apply to a campus that includes any pre-K
through 5 grades, is assigned an overall rating of D or F and is in the
bottom five percent of campuses in the state based on 3rd grade reading
STAAR performance. If funds are available, the commissioner can award a
grant to such a campus.