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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: Joint Public School Accountability, Select
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Select Committee on Public School Accountability
Subjects: Educational accountability | Educational test preparation | Educational tests | End-of-course tests |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 Ed84sa
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [22 pages  File size: 2,296 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall conduct a comprehensive review of the public school acountability system. In conducting the review, the committee shall study the mission, organizational structure, design, processes, and practices of similar accountability systems in other states and the requirements established by federal law.
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: House Public Education
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report / of the Committee on Public Education, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Education Service Centers | Educational tests | Low-income students | Migrant labor | Public schools | State agency budgets | State agency performance measures | Teacher retirement | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Teachers |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ed83p
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [102 pages  File size: 2,903 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the mutual responsibility of provisions of enforcement of employment contracts in public schools.
2. Investigate and determine the need for current federal regulations relating to the testing of migrant students in Texas. Specifically address the question of whether federal dollars are being used to promote the principal goal and objective of teaching rather than testing.
3. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include: State Board of Education Central Education Agency School for the Blind School for the Deaf Advisory Council for Technical-Vocational Education
4. Study the effect of unified reporting formats and governance structure in regards to Regional Education Service Centers.
5. Study the use of state funds for retirement contributions for the salary of public employees who are paid from other than with state funds.

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