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Committee: Senate Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Bachelor's degrees | Career preparedness | College preparatory curriculum | Community college finance | Community colleges | Curriculum | Dual credit high school programs | Early college high schools | English as second language | Higher education affordability | Medical education | Nursing education | Student aid | Student loans | Teacher quality | Teacher retention | Teacher shortages | Teacher training | Tuition | Tuition deregulation | University finance |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 Ed83h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [93 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. HB 5 Implementation, 60x30TX/Higher Education Alignment: Monitor the ongoing implementation of HB 5 (83R), and examine current projections for preparation of Texas high school students for postsecondary education and workforce training. Examine best practices and recommend strategies to align the implementation with the 60x30TX higher education plan, including, but not limited to, dual credit, credit transferability, and fields of study. (Joint Charge with Senate Education)
2. Performance Funding for GAIs and Community Colleges: Study current funding methods for both general academic institutions and community colleges, examining current performance-based methods of funding for community colleges. Review funding methods used in other states and make recommendations on how to incorporate and/or change student outcome measures in institutional funding to benefit students and promote the education needs of a rapidly growing and changing workforce.
3. Tuition Deregulation and Student Debt: Examine and make recommendations regarding tuition and student debt at public institutions of higher education in Texas. Specifically, study how Texas compares to peer states, variance between institutions, how accountability measures can be used to impact tuition, and increases in tuition since 2003.
4. Tuition/Fee Waivers, Tuition Set-Asides, Financial Aid: Conduct a review of all tuition and fee waivers and exemptions, as well as tuition set-asides currently in law, and examine how students who do not receive the benefits of either bear these resulting costs. Study how other states treat similar populations, whether federal benefits are available, and make recommendations to ensure the efficacy of waivers and exemptions, and tuition set-asides. Examine current financial aid programs, studying their efficacy, and make recommendations on how to provide programs to meet the needs of all students in light of the recent repeal of the state's Top 10% Scholarship program and B-On-Time program.
5. General Academic Institution(GAI)/Health Related Institution(HRI) Funding: Conduct a comprehensive review of funding for GAIs and HRIs, examining whether the methodology for funding the same courses is equitable and productive. Make recommendations on how to update and streamline the current funding methods, to provide a consistent methodology that focuses on student success and innovative strategies. Include in the review a focus on tuition-revenue generating special items and formula and research funding for new medical schools.
6. Baccalaureate Degrees at Community Colleges: Study regional workforce needs in the state and make recommendations on whether metrics should be applied to authorize public community colleges to offer certain baccalaureate degrees in order to meet the regional workforce needs.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Initiatives designed to create effective, clear transfer pathways for students, including the newly enacted multidisciplinary studies associate degree; 2) Implementation and progress of the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program; and 3) The progress of the pilot program enacted by the 83rd legislature relating to improving student loan default rates and financial aid literacy among postsecondary students.
8. Teacher Preparation, Retention, Shortages: Study teacher shortage and retention issues in Texas and evaluate educator preparation programs to determine if these programs are preparing educators for the rigors of the 21st century classroom. In particular, examine the shortages of ELL, special education, and STEM educators across the state and identify the issues creating a shortage. Make recommendations to improve educator preparation throughout the state and increase certification rates. (Joint Charge with Senate Education)
Committee: Senate Higher Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Bachelor's degrees | College preparatory curriculum | College preparedness | Community colleges | Curriculum | Developmental education | Distance education | Dual credit high school programs | Early college high schools | Educational technology | Higher education | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Immunizations | Teacher shortages | Teacher training | Texas Success Initiative | Toward EXcellence, Access & Success Grant Program | University curriculum |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ed83h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [62 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review and evaluate the success of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the strategic plan for higher education adopted in 2000. Coordinate with the Higher Education Coordinating Board on the next set of long term goals for higher education and monitor their progress.
2. Study and make recommendations regarding the impact of technology on higher education instruction, including online courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs), and their impact on higher education excellence, cost, and funding requirements.
3. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Higher Education, 83rd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
  • SB 414, relating to a study and report regarding authorizing certain public junior colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs to address regional workforce needs;
  • SB 62, relating to the vaccination against bacterial meningitis of entering students at public and private or independent institutions of higher education;
  • SB 28 (2011), relating to eligibility for a TEXAS grant and to administration of the TEXAS grant program; and
  • HB 1244 (2011), relating to developmental education and the assessment of student readiness under the Texas Success Initiative and to students enrolled in developmental education at public institutions of higher education.
4. Examine and make recommendations regarding improvements in teacher preparation and certification programs to address any misalignment with school district shortages and problems with retaining new teachers.
5. Review and make recommendations regarding the use of dual credit coursework and other secondary school programs for college credit, including the academic rigor of such programs and predictive value for college success.
6. Examine and make recommendations regarding alignment between high school coursework and expectations in freshman level college coursework. Study the impact of particular coursework, specifically mathematics (including Algebra II) and science courses, as predictors of college readiness and success.
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Academic performance | Curriculum | Dallas County Schools | Educational accountability | Educational technology | Educational tests | Harris County | High school graduation requirements | School boards | School discipline | School superintendents | Teacher evaluations | Teacher quality | Teacher training | Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills | Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System | Truancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 Ed84h
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [48 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of HB 5 (83R) and report on recommendations for improvement. Work with the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, and public and higher education stakeholders to ensure the creation of additional rigorous mathematics and science courses needed to address the current and projected needs of the state's workforce.
2. Explore innovative, research-based options for improving student achievement beyond standardized test scores. Evaluate standards for effective campus management as well as teacher preparation, certification, and training. Review current teacher evaluation tools and instructional methods, such as project-based learning, and recommend any improvements that would promote improved student achievement. Engage stakeholders on how to recruit and retain more of our "best and brightest" into the teaching profession.
3. Solicit input from leading authorities on the traits and characteristics of good governance, effective checks and balances between the board and administration and the effective relationship between a board and the superintendent. Review current oversight authority by the Texas Education Agency over school board policies on governance. Make recommendations on trustee training, potential sanctions, and means of grievances, as well as recommendations on whether the role of trustee or superintendent needs to be more clearly defined.
4. Review successful strategies and methods that have improved student achievement at chronically underperforming schools. Identify alternatives that could be offered to current students who are attending these schools and determine how to turn these schools around. Identify the benefits and concerns with alternative governance of underperforming schools.
5. Review the broad scope and breadth of the current TEKS in the tested grades, including the format, testing calendar, and the limitation on instructional days available. Recommend options to streamline the assessment of TEKS and focus on core concepts. Review current federal testing requirements in grades 3-8 to determine if testing relief is possible.
6. Examine the role of the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) in serving school districts. Review the programs and services of HCDE, specifically the department’s ability to assist school districts to operate more efficiently. Report any costs or savings the HCDE provides districts and taxpayers. Make recommendations to improve the operation of the HCDE.
7. Study the impact of SB 393 (83R) and SB 1114 (83R). Assess the impact of school discipline and school-based policing on referrals to the municipal, justice, and juvenile courts, and identify judicial policies or initiatives designed to reduce referrals without having a negative impact on school safety. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Corrections)
8. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House Higher Education
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature : report of the Committee on Higher Education of the Texas House of Representatives.
Subjects: Community colleges | Continuing education | Curriculum | Educational tests | Higher education | Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas | Landlords and tenants | Medical education | Minority contractors | Minority-owned/women-owned businesses | Physicians | State government contracts | Student housing | Super Conducting Super Collider project | Texas Academic Skills Program | University dormitories | University finance | University student transfers |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 ed84h
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [226 pages  File size: 7,931 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 15.
2. To study the status, role and mission of upper level centers and institutions in the system of public higher education.
3. To study the status of the core curriculum initiative established in HB 2183, 70th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. To study the fiscal impact of the TASP test on public junior colleges and community colleges.
5. To study the resident physician compensation program administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
6. To study the feasibility of establishment of Legislative criteria that must be met before the State authorizes the creation of additional institutions of higher education.
7. To study university housing policies and tenant-landlord responsibilities on university campuses.
8. To study reasonable minority participation in business contracts with university campuses.
9. To study the impact of and access to the Super Conducting-Super Collider project on the Texas public system of higher education.
10. To study the benefits of the means by which continuing education programs can be provided in those areas of the state that are not presently served.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Education Code
Library Catalog Title: Recodification of the education code : report and recommendations / submitted to the Sixty-eighth Legislature [by] Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | School finance | Statutory revision | Teacher quality | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 6
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [122 pages  File size: 6,362 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the Texas Education code relative to the need for recodification. Determine if a proposed revision should be substantive or nonsubstantive, what the timetable should be and the appropriate structure for the project. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Construction, Repair and Debt
Library Catalog Title: Construction, rehabilitation and repair, and capital debt financing : report and recommendations / submitted to the Sixty-Eighth Legislature [by] Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | School budgets | School buildings | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 4
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [56 pages  File size: 2,816 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the financial implications involved in the construction and renovation of public school facilities. Make recommendations on alternative approaches to financing which would help school districts minimize interest rates and construction costs. Consider whether using the Permanent School fund to guarantee school bonds is a feasible method of assisting school districts in the capital debt situation. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Legislative Implementation and Finance Formulas
Library Catalog Title: Legislative implementation and finance formulas : report and recommendations / Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | Education reform | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 5
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [77 pages  File size: 4,051 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the history of Texas educational system prior to the 67th session, and evaluate the changes made by the 67th session, particularly legislation relating to: entry and exit competency tests for teachers, bilingual education, statewide curriculum reforms, summer school pilot programs, vocational education, school-community guidance centers and school finance. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Alternative Instruction
Library Catalog Title: Alternative instructional arrangements : report and recommendations / Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | Gifted and talented programs | High school graduation requirements | Magnet schools | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 2
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [53 pages  File size: 2,625 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine alternative education programs, magnet schools, and the merit of the twelfth grade in high school. Make recommendations on high school graduation requirements. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Executive Summary and Recommendations
Library Catalog Title: Executive summary and report of the Edit and Review Committee: report and recommendations. / Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | Educational technology | Gifted and talented programs | High school graduation requirements | Magnet schools | School budgets | School buildings | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers | Technology education |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 1
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [28 pages  File size: 1,498 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine alternative education programs, magnet schools, and the merit of the twelfth grade in high school. Make recommendations on high school graduation requirements. *
2. Study the various methodologies of instruction used in public schools relative to modern and anticipated technological advances. *
3. Study the financial implications involved in the construction and renovation of public school facilities. Make recommendations on alternative approaches to financing which would help school districts minimize interest rates and construction costs. Consider whether using the Permanent School fund to guarantee school bonds is a feasible method of assisting school districts in the capital debt situation. *
4. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: Interim Report - Technology
Library Catalog Title: Changing technology in instruction : report and recommendations / submitted to the Sixty-Eighth Legislature [by] Select Committee on Public Education.
Subjects: Bilingual education | Curriculum | Education | Educational technology | School finance | Teacher quality | Teachers | Technology education |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed84 3
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [61 pages  File size: 3,337 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the various methodologies of instruction used in public schools relative to modern and anticipated technological advances. *
2. Study the issues and concerns relating to public education in Texas, including curriculum reform, bilingual education, requirements relating to teacher competency, and alternative methods of financing.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Public Education, Select
Title: SCR 22, 1st C.S.
Library Call Number: SCR 22, 1st C.S.
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [4 pages  File size: 889 kb]
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature : report of the / Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, 65th Legislature.
Subjects: Curriculum | Education Agency, Texas | High school graduation rates | High school graduation requirements | School districts | Special education |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 ed83p
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [66 pages  File size: 2,086 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit: State Board of Education (Central Education Agency) (Schools for the Blind and Deaf)
2. A study of the possibilities of an "early graduation" program from public schools. This study should include recommendations as to the means by which such a program could be initiated and enacted as well as a review of alternatives to twelve full years of public education, such as vocational and technical programs and training in lieu of traditional courses.
3. A review the impact of the federal regulations and judicial interpretations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as that act pertains to education and its various component parts in the public sector in Texas. This study should assess the fiscal and policy ramifications of this legislation and make recommendations as to necessary implementing legislation therefor.
4. A study of the administration of large school districts. This study should include a review of the advisability of and methodology of reorganization of large school districts; recommendations on how best to deal legislatively with problems associated with these districts, such as teacher morale, increased violence, access to supervisory personnel, discipline problems, accountability to taxpayers and parents, and increasingly lower test and achievement scores.
5. A study of the effects and ramifications of a "quarter system" on the curriculum and effectiveness of public schools.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Public Education
Title: Cost and Student Data Based on G.O.E.R. Property Values
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED83H 65
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [549 pages]
Committee: Joint Public School System (Hale-Aikin Committee of Twenty-Four)
Title: Interim Report - Citizens of Texas recommend a public school program to meet the needs of their children.
Library Catalog Title: Citizens of Texas recommend a public school program to meet the needs of their children.
Subjects: Curriculum | School finance | Teacher shortages |
Library Call Number: L1836.55 H13c
Session: 55th R.S. (1957)
Online version: View report [49 pages  File size: 3,328 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Survey the needs of the public school system as related to curriculum, teacher supply, classroom facilities and other related areas including adequate financing of the public school program.
Committee: Joint Public School System (Hale-Aikin Committee of Twenty-Four)
Title: Interim Report - Proposals to improve public education in Texas.
Library Catalog Title: Proposals to improve public education in Texas.
Subjects: Curriculum | School finance | Teacher shortages |
Library Call Number: L1836.55 H13p
Session: 55th R.S. (1957)
Online version: View report [47 pages  File size: 1,429 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Survey the needs of the public school system as related to curriculum, teacher supply, classroom facilities and other related areas including adequate financing of the public school program.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Public School System (Hale-Aikin Committee of Twenty-Four)
Title: Interim Report - Guide for the study of Texas public schools.
Library Catalog Title: Guide for the study of Texas public schools.
Library Call Number: L1836.55 H13g
Session: 55th R.S. (1957)
Committee: Joint Public School System (Hale-Aikin Committee of Twenty-Four)
Title: Interim Report - Tentative draft
Library Catalog Title: Tentative draft of the final report.
Library Call Number: L1836.55 H13rt
Session: 55th R.S. (1957)

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