The 86th Texas Legislature is in session, and assessment is in the spotlight. As TCTELA members, we have an opportunity to share our expertise on that subject through individual advocacy and participation in the TCTELA 2019 Literacy Education Day initiative.

On March 27, small groups of TCTELA members will visit legislative offices at the capitol in Austin to express our support for legislation that requires an independent review of STAAR readability levels, for legislation that calls for the removal of high stakes measures associated with student assessment, and for legislation that would continue the work of developing a portfolio-based writing assessment as an alternative to STAAR.

For each bill we are supporting, its number, author, and summary—also known as the bill title—are listed below along with the bill’s current status. Members are encouraged to click on the bill numbers to read the bill text. New language added to an existing statute appears in green, and language that would be removed is in red. Newly proposed statutes will be all in black.

TCTELA supports legislation requiring an independent review of STAAR readability levels:  

SB 2297 Powell, Huffman, Menendez, Miles, Hinojosa, Seliger, Watson, Johnson
Relating to a review by the state auditor of certain assessment instruments administered to public school students.

3/21
Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 2401 Menendez, Powell
Relating to the administration of state assessments.

3/21
Referred to Senate Education Committee

HB 4242 Bernal, Lopez, Talarico
Relating to the administration of state assessments.

3/25
Referred to Public Education
4/5 Scheduled for hearing on Tuesday, April 9
4/9 Left pending in committee
4/18 Reported favorably as substituted
5/6 Place on General State Calendar
5/8 Passed by the House of Representatives
5/8 Received by the Senate

TCTELA supports legislation calling for the removal of high stakes measures associated with student assessment:

SB 2400 Menendez, Powell
Relating to the use of certain standardized tests in evaluating the performance of a school district or campus.

3/21
Referred to Senate Education Committee

HB 736 Landgraf, Kuempel, Lang, Pacheco
Relating to eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation or to make certain accountability determinations.

2/21 Referred to House Committee on Public Education

HB 2005 Leach
Relating to providing accelerated instruction and eliminating certain requirements for public school grade-level promotion that are based on satisfactory performance on state assessment instruments.

3/5 Referred to House Committee on Public Education

HB 3046 Pacheco
Relating to eliminating the requirement to use public school assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation.

3/13 Referred to House Committee on Public Education

HB 3237 Gonzalez
Relating to a temporary suspension of accountability sanctions for public schools and to studies on accountability assessment instruments.  

3/13 Referred to House Committee on Public Education

TCTELA supports legislation that would continue the work of developing a portfolio-based writing assessment as an alternative to STAAR.

HB 2824 VanDeaver
Relating to the pilot program for assessing public school students in writing under an alternative method.

3/12 Referred to House Committee on Public Education
4/5 Scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, April 9
4/9 Left pending in committee
4/11 Committee substitute considered
4/11 Reported favorably as substituted
5/9 Placed on General State Calendar

Add your voice to our efforts!

SCHEDULE A PERSONAL VISIT

Call your congressman’s district office for an appointment.  Your legislator is likely in Austin this spring, but a member of the staff will be available to meet with you if there is no convenient time for you to see your congressman or senator.  The fact that you took the time to visit the office in person is significant, and you can expect a warm welcome from an attentive aide. Bring along a companion, someone to take notes while you engage in discussion.  Share the TCTELA position statements included here, and let us know how your visit went by emailing info@tctela.org.  

SEND AN EMAIL

Send an email via an electronic form available on the Texas Legislature website. Visit the member pages of the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives and click on the correct name.  You’ll see an email link in the upper right of each senator’s page and in the upper left of each house member’s page.  Open a document on your computer and draft your message of support for changes to our current high stakes assessment policies (feel free to use the content on this page!) then just copy, paste, and submit.


MAKE A PHONE CALL

Place a call to the capitol office or the district office of your legislators.  A knowledgeable aide will make note of your message, including the specific points you’re making and the specific bills you are supporting.  It’s that aide’s job to relay the content of your message to your legislator.

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WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF EACH BILL.