2019 Bill Tracker - 86th Legislative Session

Below is a short summary of bills filed in the 2019 86th Legislative Session

Senate Bills

  • SB 4 - Taylor (R) - Comprehensive school finance bill, ties an amount of funding to 3rd grade reading STAAR scores
  • SB 96 - Menendez (D) - Limits state-required assessments to students in grades 3-8 those required by federal law.
  • SB 52 - Zaffirini (D) - Allows out-of-state high school transfer students grades 11 and 12 to utilize IGC to meet graduation requirements.
  • SB 996 - Seliger (R) - Eliminates Social Studies and US History EOCs. (TAMSA Support)
  • SB 2297 - Powell (D) - Requires State Auditor's Office to audit STAAR tests
  • SB 2400 - Menendez (D) - Requires all state assessments to be vallidated by independent group of educators for grade level appropriateness and readability before being used for student or district penalties
  • SB 2401 - Menendez (D) - Calls for a 2-year moratorium on STAAR penalties for districts and students until a readability study and grade level appropriateness has been validated. Requires TEA Commissioner to seek waiver from federal requirements should review provide the tests are invalid

House Bills

  • HB 108 - Mary Gonzalez (D) - Establishes a pilot program to allow the use of digital portfolios in grades 3-8 as a percentage of student performance on assessments. SB 837 West (D) - Companion - Identical (TAMSA Supports)
  • HB 120 - Mary Gonzalez (D) - Extends the exemption of ELL students from assessments to two years.
  • SB 213 - Seliger (R) - Permanently established individual graduation committees as a path to meet high school graduation requirements. HB 677 Guillen (D)- Companion - Identical - HB 851 Huberty (R)- Companion - Identical
  • HB 525 - Tinderholt (D) - Limits tests to those required by federal law.
  • HB 671 - King (R) - Eliminates end of course exams (EOCs) and replaces them with a second Texas Success Initiative diagnostic assessment or a nationally normed assessment such as the ACT or SAT.
  • HB 736 - Landgraf (R) - Leaves the STAAR test in place but removes high-stakes attached to the exams.
  • HB 843 - Springer (R) - Adds two additional end of course exams (EOCs), Algebra II and English III.
  • HB 1244 - Ashby (R) - Replace US History EOC with civics test.
  • HB 1480 - VanDeaver (R) - Districts will be required to create an accelerated learning committee for each student that does not perform satisfactorily on 3rd grade reading or math.
  • HB 1603 - Goldman (R) - Allows US History dual credit course to serve as the History EOC requirement.
  • HB 1687 - White (R) - Eliminates all assessments that are not required by federal law.
  • HB 1991 - Leman (R) - Requires TEA to adopt procedures to identify nationally recognized assessments to be used as alternative assessments for high school achievement in mathmatics, reading, and writing.
  • HB 2002 - Leach (R) - Would require districts to report total expenses required to meet accountability requirments under STAAR.
  • HB 2005 - Leach (R) - Would require districts to provide an accelerated learning committee and an education plan for students who do not perform satisfactorily on third grade math or reading STAAR assessments.
  • HB 2013 - Gervin-Hawkins (D) - Requires implementation of TEA rules relating to administering accountability assessments be delayed for two school years after the school year in which the rule was adopted.
  • HB 2113 - Krause (R) - Would limit high school assessments to those required by federal law, require TEA to develop means for districts to select and administer assessment instruments from nationally normed assessments (TSI, SAT, ACT, PSAT, etc.).
  • HB 2572 - Patterson (R) - Would establish a portfolio pilot program to assess student performance in eighth grade social studies and U.S. History EOC
  • HB 2824 - VanDeaver (R) - Extends the writing assessment pilot to 2022 and requires TEA to develop validity process for scoring.
  • HB 2934 - Zweiner (D) - Extends 4th grade writing assessment pilot to 2022 - similar to HB 2824.
  • HB 2983 - Huberty (R) - Would require TEA to set an adjusted minimum passing score for 3rd and 5th grade STAAR that includes predictive analysis on whether a student who did not meet the cut score but based on their minimim adjusted score, may pass the exam on retest in the following year.
  • HB 3046 - Pacheco (D) - Removes EOCs as a graduation reaquirement (TAMSA Support)
  • HB 3237 - Gonzalez (D) - Would require a 2-year halt on STAAR penalties and require TEA to conduct a readability study with results reported to the legislature by July 1, 2020
  • HB 3328 - Herrero (D) - Limits assessments to those required by federal law (TAMSA Support)
  • HB 3618 - Reynolds (D) - Limits EOCs to those required by federal law, but allows English II and US History to be given as optional assessments.
  • HB 3710 - Bell (R) - Would require TEA to create online tutorials for EOCs
  • HB 4242 - Seliger (D) - Requires a 1-year moratorium on STAAR penalties while STAAR tests is studied and validated by independent group including educators (TAMSA Support)