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Assessment Graduation Requirements as Amended by Senate Bill (SB) 149

The Texas Education Agency posted a letter to the Administrator Addressed on May 11th regarding changes in graduation requirements based on the signing of Senate Bill 149.


“There are immediate and significant changes to the state’s assessment graduation requirements, first effective with this year’s graduating 12th grade class. Emergency commissioner rules to amend the assessment graduation requirements have been filed with the Texas Register and are effective immediately. The emergency commissioner’s rules can be viewed at the following link: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/Commissioner_Rules_(TAC)/15_05_Emergency_and_Proposed_Amendment_to_19_TAC_%C2%A7101_3022/

SB 149 has revised the state’s assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years.

  • A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC).
  • Under the legislation, a student may not graduate under an IGC if the student did not take each required EOC assessment or a commissioner-approved substitute assessment for each course for which there is an EOC assessment.
  • Regardless of any IGC action, a district must still provide a student an opportunity to retake an EOC if the student has not previously achieved satisfactory performance on an EOC or substitute assessment for that subject.
  • SB 149 also allows a student who did not pass the Algebra I and/or English II EOC assessment(s) a second time to use the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment to meet the EOC requirement for the corresponding course. A student must receive a TSI score indicating readiness to enroll in entry-level freshman coursework.

EMERGENCY AMENDMENT EFFECTIVE DATE:  The commissioner is required by the TEC, §39.025, to adopt rules concerning the assessment graduation requirements to receive a Texas high school diploma. The emergency rule amendment is necessary to conform state assessment rules with the mandate to apply SB 149 provisions immediately to the graduating class of 2015. The amendment to 19 TAC §101.3022 was filed as adopted on an emergency basis effective May 11, 2015.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT EFFECTIVE DATE:  August 16, 2015.  Emergency adoption of the amendment to 19 TAC §101.3022 does not preclude the proposal and adoption of the amendment to follow the normal rulemaking procedures.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The public comment period on the proposal begins May 29, 2015, and ends June 29, 2015.

ESC Region 13 Contact: Rich Elsasser – rich.elsasser@esc13.txed.net

ESC Region 13 SB149 Resources: http://www4.esc13.net/cc/senate-bill-149/


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