Bill Text: TX HB2824 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to the pilot program for assessing public school students in writing under an alternative method.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-09 - Placed on General State Calendar [HB2824 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB2824-Comm_Sub.html
  86R16637 MP-F
 
  By: VanDeaver H.B. No. 2824
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 2824:
 
  By:  King of Hemphill C.S.H.B. No. 2824
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the pilot program for assessing public school students
  in writing under an alternative method.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 39.02301, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (b), (d), (f), (g), (h), and (j) and adding
  Subsections (b-1) and (b-2) to read as follows:
         (b)  During the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, [2016-2017]
  and 2022-2023 [2017-2018] school years, the agency shall operate
  [establish] a pilot program as provided by this section to
  implement in designated school districts the writing assessment
  method developed under Subsection (a).
         (b-1)  The commissioner shall establish a committee to
  assist the agency in planning, evaluating, and overseeing the pilot
  program under this section. The committee shall provide guidance
  on:
               (1)  the program's timeline and scoring rubric;
               (2)  professional development for teachers on the
  writing assessment method developed under Subsection (a); and
               (3)  a feedback and reflection process between teachers
  and students to evaluate the results of writing assessments
  administered under the program.
         (b-2)  The commissioner shall appoint the following members
  to the committee established under Subsection (b-1):
               (1)  at least three administrators employed by a school
  district that participates in the program;
               (2)  at least three educators, other than
  administrators, employed by a school district that participates in
  the program; and
               (3)  representatives of regional education service
  centers, public institutions of higher education, and the agency.
         (d)  A school district designated to participate in the pilot
  program under this section is not required to comply with the
  writing assessment requirements under Sections 39.023(a) and (c),
  and may not administer to students enrolled in the district the
  writing assessment instruments required under those provisions,
  during the period the district is participating in the pilot
  program. The agency shall, to the greatest extent practicable,
  apply cost savings that result from the exemption under this
  subsection to offset the costs accrued under this section.
         (f)  The individuals responsible for scoring student writing
  assessments under the pilot program shall be coordinated [jointly]
  by the agency with joint participation of:
               (1)  the school district in which the student is
  enrolled and that is participating in the pilot program;
               (2)  a public junior college or institution of higher
  education that enters into an agreement with the participating
  school district; and
               (3)  the regional education service center that serves
  the participating district.
         (g)  The agency shall develop methods to determine the
  validity of the scoring process [A random sampling of scored
  student writing assessments, the size of which the agency shall
  determine, shall be delivered to the agency].
         (h)  [Not later than September 1, 2016, the agency shall
  prepare and deliver to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the
  speaker of the house of representatives, and the presiding officer
  of each legislative standing committee with primary jurisdiction
  over primary and secondary education a report covering the study of
  the development of the writing assessment method under Subsection
  (a).] Not later than September 1, 2021, and September 1, 2023 [of
  each year in 2017 and 2018], the agency shall prepare and deliver to
  the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of
  representatives, and the presiding officer of each legislative
  standing committee with primary jurisdiction over primary and
  secondary education a report that:
               (1)  evaluates the implementation and progress of the
  pilot program under this section; and
               (2)  makes recommendations regarding the continuation
  or expansion of the pilot program.
         (j)  This section expires September 1, 2023 [2019].
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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