The SBOE Committee on Instruction met on June 16 to discuss the repeal of a number of TAC chapters and to discuss and adopt innovative courses. The agenda and an archive of the hearing can be found here.

 

This report is intended to give you an overview and highlight of the discussions on the various topics taken up. It is not a verbatim transcript of the discussions but is based upon what was audible or understandable to the observer and the desire to get details out as quickly as possible with few errors or omissions.

 

Item 1:  Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 115, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education, Subchapter A, Elementary, §§115.1-115.7, Subchapter B, Middle School, §§115.21-115.23, and Subchapter C, High School, §§115.31-115.33

  • TEA Staff – Implemented with the 2022/2023 school year
  • Requires a 2/3 board vote to approve by August
  • Proposed repeals would remove the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten-Grade 12 health education and related implementation language
  • Motion to approve passes

 

Item 2:  Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 116, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education, Subchapter A, Elementary, §§116.1-116.7, Subchapter B, Middle School, §§116.21-116.24, and Subchapter C, High School, §§116.51-116.56

  • TEA Staff – Proposed repeal would remove the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Kindergarten-Grade 12 physical education and related implementation language
  • Motion to approve passes

 

Item 3: Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 127, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career Development and Career and Technical Education, Subchapter G, Education and Training, §§127.310, 127.312, and 127.313; Subchapter I, Health Science, §127.409; and Subchapter O, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, §§127.753, 127.755, 127.761, and 127.764; and Chapter 130, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education, Subchapter J, Human Services, §130.277

  • TEA Staff – Proposed repeals would remove the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for nine career and technical education (CTE) courses
  • Motion to approve passes

 

Item 4:  Approval of Updates and Substitutions to Adopted Instructional Materials

  • TEA Staff – Opportunity for the committee and board to approve update and/or substitution requests received since the last board meeting
  • Motion to approve passes

 

Item 5:  Discussion of Annual Audit Reports for Credit by Examination from Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin

  • TEA Staff – Provides an opportunity for the committee to discuss the annual audit reports submitted by Texas Tech University and The University of Texas at Austin
  • They develop and provide the use of earned credits through high school to college
  • Also serves students outside of Texas, tuition-based side and Texas student-based side; operate as a school district
  • These auditors will identify anything that cannot be assessed in a student classroom and the providers are responsible for updating those exams for those students

 

Item 6:  Proposed Approval of Innovative Courses

  • TEA Staff –¬†Recommends approval of innovative courses that do not fall within any of the subject areas of the foundation or enrichment curriculum
  • Didn‚Äôt fall underneath the enrichment curriculum or the foundation curriculum
  • Combining social and emotional skills for students as well as cardiovascular exercise
  • Has not been offered in Texas
  • Cardiovascular exercises are footwork, hooks, combinations, but not engaging in any contact with another person
  • P√©rez – Is there any concern for the kids using the skills learned for other nefarious reasons?
  • No, have noticed that these practices move the students into a better more disciplined state of mind as opposed to aggressive or nefarious
  • A gym setting is recommended with a good amount of space, taught by a P.E. teacher/ certified counselor
  • Motion to consider approval for one-year 2022-2023 innovative course, contingent upon curriculum review
  • Motion to approve passes