The SBOE Committee on Instruction met on November 18th to discuss a repeal of outdating graduation requirements, the adoption of a four-year rule review cycle, the approval of updates to adopted instructional materials, and the proposed approval of innovative courses.

 

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.

Proposed Repeal of 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter D, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2001-2002, and Subchapter E, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2004-2005

  • TEA Staff – Explains reason for repeal: graduation requirements from 2001 and 2004 are outdated
  • Comments requesting rejection of this motion are probably founded on lack of information; requirements can still be used for those who started high school during these years who are still seeking graduation
  • Motion passes
  • *Will go on consent agenda for full board


Adoption of Review of 19 TAC Chapter 74, Curriculum Requirements

  • Sue Melton-Malone, chair – Will go on consent agenda if passed through committee
  • TEA staff – Hands out written public comment; explains what review brought up, including revisions to graduation requirements and performance acknowledgements
  • Public comment from Cambridge Assessment and other assessment companies, wanted to add their assessments into section regarding performance acknowledgements, but would require change to statute which board cannot do
  • Motion passes


Approval of Updates and Substitutions to Adopted Instructional Materials

  • TEA staff – Updates and substitutions regard Chinese materials, had SRP review and approve it
  • Learning A-Z proposed changes for clarity and cultural competence; all approved by TEA staff
  • Motion passes


Proposed Approval of Innovative Courses

  • TEA Staff – Didn‚Äôt receive any innovative courses that need approval
  • Melton-Malone – Changes to Chinese textbooks only apply to textbooks in classrooms now?
    • TEA Staff – Textbook company will have new versions as well as old supply available for classrooms