State Accountability

Texas PTA will continue to monitor the new components of the state’s school accountability system and the creation of a new accountability system being considered by the Next Generation Assessment and Accountability Commission.

Background

The new accountability system reduces to 55% the weight of state test scores on a school’s overall accountability rating, and builds on the community and student engagement evaluation added in 2013. Other markers of a successful school such as the number of students who take AP tests, dual enrollment courses, attendance, dropout rates, etc., will be considered in the new system. While the creation of the community and student engagement evaluation was a good first step toward acknowledging that parent involvement is the strongest predictor of student success and that schools and districts should be recognized for more than student test scores, the implementation of this portion of the accountability system is weak.

Read more about how Texas PTA will monitor the state's accountability system.

 

State Board of Education

Texas PTA will actively weigh in on legislation impacting the State Board of Education (SBOE) and monitor SBOE's activity and its quarterly meetings.

Background:

The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. Its primary responsibilities include:

  • Setting curriculum standards
  • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
  • Establishing graduation requirements
  • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
  • Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts
  • Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
  • Reviewing the commissioner’s proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant
 

Read more about the State Board of Education

 

Did You Know?

Legislators began pre-filing bills this week in anticipation of the upcoming Texas Legislative Session that begins January 10, 2017. Several bills filed relate to Texas PTA’s priorities:

  • House Bill 133 by Representative Carol Alvarado – Banning powdered alcohol for minors
  • House Bill 196 by Representative Mary Gonzalez and Senate Bill 35 by Senator Judith Zaffirini – both bills providing full-day pre-kindergarten for students in at–risk situations
  • House Bills 304, 305 and 306 by Representative Ina Minjarez and Senate Bills 179, 180 and 181 by Senator Jose Menendez - all six bills relate to strengthening bullying laws to include cyberbullying
  • Senate Bill 215 by Senator Jose Menendez – limiting state-required assessment to those that are required by federal law
  • House Joint Resolution by Representative Richard Raymond - Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the authorization of funding of an elementary or secondary education voucher program.
 

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Let your voice be heard and share these priorities with your PTA friends. Forward this email, post to Facebook, and make sure your PTA knows about the issues we're backing during the upcoming legislative session!

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• Three socials every year
• Guest speakers
• Teacher breakfasts
• Teacher appreciation gifts
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