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Monday Morning Message from TACC

Monday, March 31, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristin Walker
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Monday Morning Message

House Committee on Public Education

The committee met on Wednesday, March 26th to review the following charge:

Monitor the implementation of HB 5 (83R) and report on recommendations for improvement. Work with the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, and public and higher education stakeholders to ensure the creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses needed to address the current and projected needs of the state's workforce.
Review the broad scope
and breadth of the current TEKS in the tested grades, including the format, testing calendar, and the limitation on instructional days available. Recommend options to streamline the assessment of TEKS and focus on core concepts. Review current federal testing requirements in grades 3-8 to determine if testing relief is possible.

Among the many witn
esses appearing before the committee were Barbara Cargill, Chair of the State Board of Educations, Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner for Standards and Programs at the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Raymond Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, and Dr. Zachary Hodges, Houston Community College System. The nearly 8 1/2 hour long hearing featured discussions of SBOE implementation of HB 5, changes in curriculum and the new endorsements, STAAR testing, college readiness & Texas Success Initiative (TSI), and the newly mandated student prep course.

Chairman Aycock indicated that this would be the first in a series of hearings on the complex implementation of H
B5 and that at this point all future hearings will also take place in Austin.

Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Team Ceremony

On Friday, March 28th more than 70 members of the PTK All-Texas Team (and their families & friends) receiv
ed their medallions and certificates at a ceremony held in the Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library. The event was again sponsored by the University of Texas System and included a post-ceremony reception in the lobby of the auditorium where students mingled and met with admissions representatives from supporting university partners. Offering keynote remarks during for the ceremony was Representative Donna Howard, who serves on the House Higher Education Committee and the the House Appropriations Committee where she works directly on higher education funding issues.

Look for photos of the event o
n the TACC Facebook soon. 

Senate Education Committee

The committee is scheduled to hold its first interim committee hearing on Monday, April 14th. Among the charges to be reviewed at this hearing is the following:

Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 83rd Legislature, Regu
lar and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:

    HB 5, relating to public school accountability, including assessment, and curriculum requirements

Senate Higher Education Co

The committee has yet to post notice of its first interim hearing, but we understand that it will be soon and among the charges to be reviewed would include the following:

Review and evaluate the success of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the strategic plan for higher education adopted in 2000. Coordinate with the Higher Education Coordinating Board on the next set of long term goals for higher education and monitor their progress.