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Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 82nd Legislature / Senate Committee on Education.
Subjects: Academic promotion and retention | At-risk youth | Charter schools | Children with disabilities | Dual credit high school programs | Dual language programs | Educational accountability | Educational technology | English as second language | English immersion instruction | Limited English speakers | Middle school students | Middle schools | School dropout statistics | School dropouts | School finance | Special education | State mandates | Teacher certification | Teacher incentive plans | Teacher quality | Teacher retention | Teacher salaries | Teacher shortages | Teacher training | Teachers | Textbooks | Virtual schools |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 Ed83
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [64 pages  File size: 1,615 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the performance and accountability of the state's charter schools. Specifically, study the following:
  • Options for increasing the number of outstanding charter schools;
  • Best practices employed by high performing charter schools and make recommendations for ways to implement these strategies in other charter and public schools;
  • Feasibility of operating charter schools focused on providing high quality education for students with disabilities, such as autism;
  • Charter school initiatives in other states, specifically including incentives for public education campuses to become charter schools;
  • Options for development and funding of a charter schools facilities program.
2. Review the state's education policy and initiatives regarding middle grades. Make recommendations to ensure a comprehensive state strategy for preparing students at the middle grades for high school retention and success. This review should include an examination of school-based strategies and best practices that encourage at-risk youth to finish school and that deter delinquency, drug abuse and violence.
3. Review teacher compensation, evaluations, professional development, certification and training programs. Specifically, review the following:
  • Teacher compensation including the Minimum Salary Schedule, incentive pay, merit pay, and stipends;
  • How teacher evaluations can be effective mechanisms for increasing student achievement and improving instructional practices by including multiple measures, particularly student achievement data based on growth. Evaluate how teacher evaluations can direct district decisions on providing professional development, mentoring, intervention, and possible dismissal in response to underperforming teachers;
  • State sponsored professional development initiatives including the alignment of professional development with curriculum and real work experiences and the value of professional development for bilingual, ESL and special education teachers in increasing student achievement.
  • Need to adopt statewide standards for teacher certification and in-service training programs for regular and special education teachers at both the pre-service and inĀ­service levels to ensure all teachers are highly qualified to teach students with disabilities.
4. Examine cost drivers in education including state requirements that impact school district budgets. Recommend opportunities for achieving cost efficiencies.
5. Study the efficacy of immersion versus dual-language instruction of English as a second language students. Make recommendations for improving programs and instituting best practices.
6. Study the effectiveness of Texas school districts' special education programs. Review the range of needs of special education students, districts' ability to provide an appropriate education for these students, and assess the effectiveness of programs currently funded for special education. Make recommendations for improvement.
7. Review dual credit courses including the cost of delivery, funding mechanisms, and possibility of a statewide dual credit system. This review should also include an examination of the rigor, quality and consistency of dual credit courses. (Joint charge with Senate Higher Education Committee)
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Education, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Review the implementation of legislation related to the state's accountability system including the revised dropout rate calculation, textbooks, and the virtual school network. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • HB 3, relating to public school accountability;
  • HB 2488, relating to open-source textbooks, and HB 4294, relating to textbooks and the use of technology;
  • HB 3646, relating to public school finance and programs; and
  • SB 174, relating to an accountability system for educator preparation programs.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Adult education | Autism | Career preparedness | College preparedness | Educational accountability | Limited English speakers | Literacy | Property taxes | School dropouts | School finance | Special education | Textbooks | Vocational education | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 Ed83
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [37 pages  File size: 660 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effectiveness of public school programs serving special education students, including autistic students. Specifically, consider whether special education services are adequately preparing students for post-secondary opportunities. The review should also include the availability and quality of the supports and services provided by adult services agencies for individuals with disabilities. Make recommendations for improving public school special education programs and the coordination of adult education services among state agencies.
2. Conduct a comprehensive review of the public school accountability system and make recommendations for improvements. The review shall include indicators in the current system, measures of district and campus performance, public expectations, individual student achievement and measures of teacher, program and financial effectiveness.
3. Review and make recommendations to improve the state's Adult Basic Education program. Emphasis should be placed on ways to advance literacy in Texas in order to promote economic and individual development. The review should also include a study of the coordination of adult education services among state agencies and the availability and accessibility of state and federal funding.
4. Review and make recommendations regarding best practices for programs targeted to improve the academic success of limited English-proficient students.
5. Review the access and quality of career and technical education programs in the state and make recommendations to improve these programs to address the economic and workforce needs of this state.
6. Make recommendations for controlling the costs of textbooks from kindergarten through higher education, and monitor the implementation of HB 188, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to instructional materials.
7. Review current property tax rates at school districts. Explore what mechanisms may exist to prevent any future constitutional funding challenges. Review any funding issues that are particular to certain types of school districts, such as fast growth districts. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Education Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the implementation of HB 2237, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to grants and programs for dropout prevention, high school success and college and workforce readiness in public schools. Include a review of the revised methodology the Texas Education Agency uses to calculate the dropout rate. Report on the implementation of education reforms in HB 1, 79th Legislature, 3rd Called Session. The review should include: the implementation of the high school allotment, the development of the best practices clearinghouse and the electronic student records system, the alignment of curriculum to attain college readiness, student improvement/growth models and access to college credit in high school. The committee should also study and make recommendations on how to continue strengthening the P-16 Initiative to promote college attendance in this state.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Education report to the 79th Legislature.
Subjects: ACT test | Advanced Placement programs | Child care | Corporate sponsorships | Early childhood education | Educational accountability | Educational test preparation | No Child Left Behind Act | Scholastic Assessment Test | School dropout statistics | School dropouts | School ratings | Teacher certification | Teacher incentive plans | Teacher quality | Teacher salaries | Teacher shortages | Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills | Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills | Textbooks |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 Ed83
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [69 pages  File size: 1,172 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the implementation of SB 186, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, (relating to the computation of public school dropout and completion rates) and make recommendations for improvements to current statutes and programs. Explore opportunities for maximizing current resources and identifying additional state, federal, and privately-sponsored programs for at-risk students that offer innovative delivery of educational services that encourage students to finish school. Focus on mentoring programs, including, but not limited to Communities in Schools, and the use of technology to provide instruction.
2. Study the performance of high school students on TAKS, the new state assessment instrument. Make recommendations to improve any performance deficiencies that are identified by the review, including alternative school schedules, mentoring programs, technology-based applications, and other innovative solutions.
3. Study progress of implementation of SB 76 (relating to the provision of subsidized child-care services). Evaluate and make recommendations on opportunities for Texas to increase the educational component of the Head Start program. Examine and make recommendations relating to access to quality early education, including estimated costs, teacher availability, learning requirements, and access to services for students with special needs.
4. Evaluate opportunities and make recommendations on increasing the supply of qualified teachers and improving their working conditions. The evaluation and recommendations should focus on preparation, recruitment, certification, and retention of qualified teachers, while not restricting alternative certification. Conduct an assessment of the impact of teacher incentives, including mentoring programs and other creative options for retaining teachers, and develop recommendations for implementing incentive programs.
5. Study and make recommendations relating to the effectiveness of the current process of selecting, funding, and distributing textbooks. Identify areas where the current process can be made more cost efficient, including recommendations relating to innovative methods of providing instruction such as online distance learning, and the use of interactive software to address the specific challenges of remedial students and advanced readers. Identify costs and benefits of using technology to provide current and innovative instructional materials, including staffing and hardware requirements.
6. Study the TEA's implementation of the state's new accountability system and make recommendations to resolve any problems found. Examine the impact of the federal No Child Left Behind law on the state's accountability system and make recommendations for changes to state law to meet the federal legislation. Examine the ability of the current PEIMS database to meet future information needs and recommend changes, if necessary. Review and make recommendations on innovative alternatives for tracking student performance.
7. Study successful partnerships between school districts and the business community and make recommendations for maximizing the use of effective partnerships, improving the delivery of education services, and enhancing educational opportunities for Texas students, especially at-risk students.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 79th Legislature
Subjects: High school graduation rates | Lobbyists | Military families | School dropouts | School finance | School year | Special education | Teacher certification | Teachers | Textbooks | University Interscholastic League |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 Ed84h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [61 pages  File size: 383 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the textbook adoption and distribution system. Investigate alternative methods of delivering educational resources using technology.
2. Evaluate the extent to which public school tax dollars are used directly or indirectly to promote or oppose legislation.
3. Perform a comprehensive analysis of state law with respect to educator contracts and certification. Make recommendations for changes which would improve student performance.
4. Examine and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of statewide educational initiatives, including programs to reduce dropout and increase graduation rates.
5. Investigate and assess the mission and performance of University Interscholastic League and other quasi-educational organizations in terms of their role in improving student achievement.
6. Compare special education laws in Texas to other states and to federal standards. Make recommendations for reducing state and local administrative costs to increase resource allocation for direct services to students.
7. Examine the impact on students, schools and local economies from changes to the school start date.
8. Examine issues related to state aid to school districts for debt service, including issues related to the type of facilities that should be eligible for state support.
9. Study and monitor issues related to the educational needs of dependents of military service men and women, including records transfer and implementation of reciprocity agreements with other states.
Committee: House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Child custody | Families | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Juvenile justice system | Progressive sanctions (Criminal justice) | School dropouts | School safety | Truancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 j987
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [127 pages  File size: 3,138 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the roles of an attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
2. Review disposition patterns, uniformity of reporting, and evaluation of juvenile offense cases under the progressive sanctions guidelines.
3. Examine the role of gestational agreements and their potential impact on Texas Family Law.
4. Review state and local school district efforts to deal with problems of truancy, drop-outs, and disruptive behavior (pursuant to the Safe Schools Act) including in-school and out-of-school suspensions. The review should include examination of performance outcomes in alternative education, disciplinary alternative education and juvenile justice alternative education programs, and the effects of these programs on the educational progress of students who are removed from the regular classroom. (Joint with House Committee on Public Education)
5. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: House County Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on County Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County government | County jails | Crime prevention | Jail Standards, Texas Commission on | Justices of the peace | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Mentally disabled inmates | Municipalities | School dropouts |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 c832
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 2,748 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the cost of statutory county duties, including federal mandates, and the ability of county tax bases and fees to support such duties.
2. Examine areas in which the state might beneficially devolve authority and programs to county governments. Assess the interest and ability of county governments to accept more authority.
3. Examine ways that county governments, educational institutions, service organizations and local state agency offices may coordinate their efforts to address the problems of at-risk youth at the local level. Report on successful programs that might serve as models for others.
4. Examine the extent to which city and county governments have voluntarily consolidated and streamlined operations through interlocal agreements. Determine the impediments to greater use of such agreements, and assess whether voluntary consolidation of operations should be a first-step before any further consolidation is permitted.
5. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 77th Legislature / Senate Committee on Education.
Subjects: College preparedness | Early childhood education | Education | Higher education | Math education | School dropouts | School finance | Teacher certification | Teacher salaries | Teacher shortages | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 ed83
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [92 pages  File size: 5,055 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the involvement of institutions of higher education in the state's public K-12 schools related to: (1) preparing students for college, and (2) creating greater access to college. The Committee shall identify successful practices and the necessary legislative role (if any) in expanding or enhancing such partnerships.
2. Study the issues of teacher shortages and teacher utilization, including: projected public school student enrollment growth; recruitment strategies and resources for the production of teachers by universities or other providers; university-based and other teacher preparation program production levels; the impact of alternative teacher certification programs; the sufficiency of preparation of beginning teachers, particularly as it relates to growth in at-risk student populations; the benefits of creating additional state-funded teacher stipend programs in the areas of math and science; and strategies for attraction and retention of teachers, including the impact of competitive salaries and benefits, performance pay, and master teacher and critical shortage area incentives.
3. Study issues related to the state's current method for reporting public school dropouts and the accuracy of the information provided by these methods. The Committee shall identify possible criteria to be considered by state and local agencies in ensuring the accuracy of such data.
4. Monitor the implementation of the following bills enacted during the 76h Legislature, Regular Session: SB 4, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to appropriations regarding public school finance, property tax relief, and public education; SB 103, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to state assessments of public school students; SB 104, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to keeping school campuses open after school hours for recreational purposes, latchkey programs, and tutoring; SB 875, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the financial accountability of school districts; SB 955, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to pre-reading instruction for certain children; HB 2075, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the public notice required to be provided by a school district before adopting a proposed budget and tax rate; and HB 2307, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to assistance to certain low-performing public school districts. Particular attention should be paid to SB 4, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, with emphasis on evaluating the legislation's impact on changes in teacher compensation and benefits; the effect on fast growth school districts; the overall impact on school finance system equity; the effect of the instructional facilities allotment and Tier 3; the initial implementation of provisions related to ending the practice of social promotion; and the enhancement of pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and ninth grade programs.
Committee: Joint Higher Education, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Higher education in the new Texas : report of the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education to the 73rd Legislature, state of Texas.
Subjects: Higher education | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Minority students | Nursing education | Nursing shortages | School dropouts | Tax system | University budgets | University enrollment | University faculty salaries | University finance | University graduation rates | Workforce |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 ed84hmr
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [104 pages  File size: 4,500 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the purposes, performance, administrative methods, formula allocation system and the use of funds appropriated for higher education.
2. Review the goals for higher education established in the master plan for higher education adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and identify specific goals that the state must attain by the year 2000. The final report shall also contain recommended goals to be met on a biennial basis until the year 2000;
3. Assess the performance of the Texas higher education system in accomplishing the following purposes, with particular attention to the comparable performance of states, regions, and nations with which Texas competes: 1. preparing an adequate number of well-informed citizens and qualified professionals, as measured by enrollment rates, retention rates, incidence of degrees and certificates granted, performance on state licensure examinations, and other appropriate measures; 2. preparing an adequate number and quality of professionals in various fields to ensure a competitive work force, with emphasis on the supply of professionals compared to the demand and projected need of such professionals in the future; 3. preparing an adequate number and quality of public school teachers and administrators to provide for an effective and efficient public primary and secondary school system; 4. providing access to higher education programs to all citizens, regardless of age or ethnicity; and 5. providing to organizations and individuals in Texas access to relevant research results and new ideas in support of a dynamic economy;
4. Conduct an analysis comparing trends in funding per student, expenditure per student, administrative cost per student, and other relevant measures of comparison of the Texas higher education system and the systems of other states with which Texas competes
5. Examine methods of projecting student enrollment and projections through the year 2000 for each sector of higher education.
6. Review institutions' expenditures of funds and use of authority to set and collect fees.
7. Examine methods for colleges and universities to share critical resources using cooperative degree programs, telecommunication access to libraries, computers, selected classes, and coordinated research programs.
8. Examine means to reduce dropout rates and increase opportunities for students to achieve educational goals quickly and with a minimum of wasted effort;
Committee: Senate Education Subcommittee on School Dropouts
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report on dropouts : 72nd Legislature.
Subjects: At-risk youth | School dropouts | Teenage pregnancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 d837
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 1,350 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine the existence and extent of the State's school dropout situation and other related aspects of the Texas education system in order to reduce dropouts and the consequent social costs by encouraging dropout reduction programs. *
Committee: Joint High School Dropouts, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 71st Legislature / Joint Special Interim Committee on High School Dropouts.
Subjects: At-risk youth | School dropouts | Teenage pregnancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 d837
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [105 pages  File size: 3,563 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the problem of high school dropouts in Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint High School Dropouts, Special
Title: SCR 50, 70th Leg.
Library Call Number: SCR 50
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [2 pages  File size: 103 kb]
Committee: Senate Juvenile Justice System, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Blueprint for prevention: the future of juvenile justice in Texas : the report of the Senate Select Committee on the Juvenile Justice System, the Senate of Texas.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Child abuse | Child safety | Crime prevention | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Juvenile Probation Commission, Texas | Mental health services | Runaway children | School dropouts | Substance abuse | Teenage pregnancy | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 j988
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [68 pages  File size: 3,096 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the state's juvenile justice system, emphasizing improved coordination between state and local service.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Juvenile Justice System, Select
Title: SR 572
Library Call Number: SR 572
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [4 pages  File size: 1,062 kb]

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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