April 2016 Committee of the Full Board Tuesday Item 2

Proposed Amendments to Proclamation 2017 of the State Board of Education
Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials

April 8, 2016

COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION

SUMMARY:
This item provides an opportunity for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to amend Proclamation 2017 to incorporate approved revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 66, clarify requirements related to accessible instructional materials, and accurately reflect final action regarding career and technical education (CTE) courses. The subjects and courses included in Proclamation 2017 are CTE, languages other than English, Special Topics in Social Studies, Statistics, and Algebraic Reasoning. The adoption of materials submitted in response to Proclamation 2017 is scheduled for November 2016, and school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are scheduled to begin using the materials in school year 2017-2018.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.

TEC, §31.022, requires the SBOE to adopt rules to provide for a full and complete investigation of instructional materials for each subject in the foundation curriculum and for each subject in the enrichment curriculum.

PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: At the July 2014 meeting, the board took action to change the effective date of Proclamation 2016 to delay for one calendar year. Proclamation 2017 was issued by the SBOE in April 2015 and amended in September 2015. Proclamation 2017 Questions and Answers was approved by the SBOE in July 2015.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: At its January 2016 meeting, the board approved revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 66. Additionally, technical edits are recommended, and amendments are proposed to clarify requirements related to accessible instructional materials and CTE courses.

FISCAL IMPACT: The agency is currently conducting an audit of electronic materials adopted under Proclamation 2014 to ensure they meet accessibility requirements. TEA currently has budgeted approximately $200,000 for that audit. It is likely that a similar audit will be required for Proclamation 2015 products. The proposed amendments are expected to save the agency the expense of conducting a similar audit of materials adopted under Proclamation 2017 while still providing the public with assurance that adopted electronic materials meet accessibility requirements.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include the alignment of Proclamation 2017 to newly revised SBOE rules and the availability of fully accessible electronic instructional materials aligned to revised standards in the year in which new and revised standards are implemented.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.

MOTION TO BE CONSIDERED: The State Board of Education:

Approve proposed amendments to Proclamation 2017 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

Staff Members Responsible:
Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

Kelly Callaway, Division Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology

Attachment:
Statutory Citations (PDF, 22KB)

Separate Exhibit:
Proposed amendments to Proclamation 2017
(to be provided prior to the April SBOE meeting)