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Committee: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Academic performance | Charter schools | Dyslexia | Educational accountability | Hurricane Harvey | Learning disabilities | Natural disasters | Public schools | School finance | Special education | Student Success Initiative | Teacher incentive plans | Teacher retention | Teacher salaries | Teacher shortages | Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ed84h
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [90 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine, to the extent possible, the scope of financial losses, including facilities, that resulted from Harvey. Recommend possible state actions, such as changes to student counts or property valuation, to mitigate any negative impact on districts and ensure governance structures and parameters allow for effective responses.
2. Recommend any measures needed at the state level to prevent unintended punitive consequences to both students and districts in the state accountability system as a result of Harvey and its aftermath.
3. Examine the educational opportunities offered to students displaced by Harvey throughout the state and the process by which districts enroll and serve those students. Recommend any changes that could improve the process for students or help districts serving a disproportionate number of displaced students.
4. Review current state mechanisms for identifying and rewarding educators through state-level strategies. Examine how providing additional funding to enhance compensation in districts facing a shortage of experienced, highly rated teachers would affect retention and teacher quality, in addition to whether it would encourage teachers to provide additional services through extracurricular activities, tutoring, and mentoring.
5. Examine research-based options for evaluating student achievement beyond standardized test scores, including adaptive and portfolio assessments. Examine the scope of the current Texas essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in grades with the state assessment, including the format, assessment calendar, and the limits of instructional days, if any. Determine if it is appropriate to limit TEKS to readiness standards that can be taught in less than the school year. Review current Student Success Initiative testing and make recommendations on its continuation or repeal. Review the ability of the state to waive standardized testing for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
6. Examine programs in public schools that have proven results meeting the needs of and improving student achievement for students with disabilities, with an emphasis on programs specializing in autism, dysgraphia, and dyslexia. Recommend ways to support and scale innovative programs for these students, including providing supplemental services, or incentivizing public-private partnerships or inter district and charter school collaborations. Monitor the implementation and funding for the pilot programs authorized in H.B. 21 (85R) and review the Texas Education Agency's compliance with S.B. 160 (85R), which prohibits special education student caps.
7. Review the charter school system in Texas. Determine if changes are needed in the granting, renewal, or revocation of charter schools, including the timeline for expansions and notification of expansions to surrounding districts. Review the educational outcomes of students in charter schools compared to those in traditional schools, and to what extent schools participate in the alternative accountability system. Monitor the implementation of facilities funding for charter schools. Consider differences in state funding for charter schools compared to their surrounding districts and the impact on the state budget. Consider admissions policies for charters, including appropriate data collection to assess demand for additional charter enrollment, compliance with access by students with disabilities and the effect of exclusions of students with criminal or disciplinary histories. Consider differences in charter and district contributions to the Teacher Retirement System on behalf of their employees and make appropriate recommendations to support the retirement benefits of all public school teachers.
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee will also specifically include: H.B. 21 (85R), H.B. 22 (85R), and S.B. 179 (85R).
Committee: Joint Dyslexia and Related Disorders, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim Committee on Dyslexia and Related Disorders.
Subjects: Dyslexia | Learning disabilities |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 D995
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 1,161 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and recommend legislation to increase awareness of early detection and treatment of dyslexia and related disorders. The committee ’s study shall examine:
1. Early detection and intervention;
2. Access to treatment in rural areas of the state;
3. The role of public education and higher education in detection and treatment;
4. Treatment for older students and adults; and
5. Any barriers related to accommodations for individuals with dyslexia and related disorders.
Committee: Senate Education, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Bilingual education | Charter schools | Drug rehabilitation programs | Dyslexia | Education Service Centers | Educational technology | English as second language | Internet | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Learning disabilities | Limited English speakers | School choice | School safety | Teachers | Texas Academic Skills Program |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 ed83
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 2,563 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study issues related to the safety of students, teachers and visitors on public school campuses, and, if necessary, make recommendations for legislative action. The Committee should determine the amount and sources of funds spent on security efforts; consider the accountability of security officers and police officers on campuses; and review the reporting of security practices to appropriate education and law enforcement officials.
2. Review the availability of drug and alcohol prevention and treatment services to students in public schools, and consider whether legislative action is necessary. The Committee should consider the services provided by schools, the amount and sources of available funds, and the existence and implementation of standards to determine the effectiveness of the services.
3. Evaluate programs and services in public schools to assist students with dyslexia, hearing difficulties, or vision problems to determine whether any improvements are needed.
4. Evaluate bilingual education efforts in public schools to determine the impact of such efforts.
5. Monitor implementation of key legislation passed by the 75th Legislature during the 1997 regular session, including: SB 133, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to safe schools; HB 318, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to school choice and charter schools; SB 1158, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to use and funding of Education Service Centers; and SB 148, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the applicability of the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP).
6. Supplemental Charge: Evaluate whether the State should provide public school teachers with home access to computers and consider other means to promote computer literacy among public school teachers.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives, to the Sixty-ninth legislative session.
Subjects: Alternative medicine | Blind, Texas Commission for the | Child care | Children with disabilities | Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Texas Commission for the | Dyslexia | Grants | Learning disabilities | Medicaid | Occupational licenses | Persons with disabilities | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Welfare |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 h88
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [276 pages  File size: 10,635 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 15.
2. To study child-care needs of parents in Texas and to study child-care services in Texas.
3. To study the duplication and coordination of various grants-in-aid programs by the federal government (categorical and block grants), relating to human services.
4. To study dyslexia and related learning disabilities.
5. To review the use of telecommunication devices for the deaf, including their use in state offices and emergency centers and their availability to the general deaf community.
6. To review services to the deaf in Texas, including the deaf-blind. This study should consider each state agency that offers services to the deaf, including the State Commission for the Deaf, the Texas Rehabilitation Commission and the School for the Deaf. In addition, the study should cover federal, local and private service agencies.
7. To study the visually-handicapped children's program in the State Commission for the Blind.
8. To study chelation therapy, acupuncture and the practice of human ecology, in cooperation with the House Committee on Public Health.
9. To study the need for establishing a licensing requirement and educational standard for radiological technologists.
Committee: House Language Disorders in Children
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Pathways to learning : report / of the Committee on Language Disorders in Children.
Subjects: Dyslexia | Learning disabilities |
Library Call Number: L1836.59 l269
Session: 59th R.S. (1965)
Online version: View report [18 pages  File size: 942 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study all aspects of the problem of language disorders in children, with special attention directed to (1) ascertaining the prevalence and severity of language disorders among the children of this state; (2) discovering what is presently being done, on both the state and local levels, to recognize, treat, and correct language disorders; (3) discovering what federal programs and financial aid exist to deal with the problems; (4) exploring the feasibility of establishing, at convenient locations throughout Texas, state-supported or operated diagnostic clinics to better assure the earliest possible recognition of language disorders and reduce the often prohibitive expense that painstaking an accurate diagnosis entails; (5) exploring methods of financing, by the state, its local subdivisions, the federal government, or a combination of the three, additional training programs designed to increase substantially the number of teachers in this state competent to participate in special education programs administered to correct language disorders; (6) devising means to coordinate the various activities of private and governmental entities on the state, local or national levels in order to assure the widest possible dissemination of technical information about language disorders in children; and (7) formulating a continuing, state-wide information program designed to apprise the people of Texas of the existence, recognizable symptoms, consequences, and available treatment of language disorders in children.

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