HB 2694/SB 1365
Credit for a Subject: HB 2694/SB 1365 states, "A student in any of Grades 6-12 must be given credit for an academic subject in which he or she has had no prior instruction if the student scores":
(A) a three or higher on a College Board advanced placement examination,(B) * a scaled score of 50 or higher on an examination administered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), or(C) 80% on any other criterion-referenced test.Each of the above exams must be approved "by the school district board of trustees for the applicable course."
* CISD does not provide CLEP testing.EOC Waiver Based on a Substitute Exam Score: Per HB 2694/SB 1365, if a learner is given credit for a course based on a substitute exam (See Credit for a Subject above.), the learner is not required to take the corresponding EOC. Please see Figure: 19 TAC §101.4002(b) for a list of substitute exams and qualifying scores.No substitute exam taken prior to the first day of school for the 2013-2014 school year (August 26, 2013) may be used to substitute for an EOC. An approved substitute assessment may be used in place of only one specific EOC assessment.
Passing Rate of Credit by Exam (CBE) without Prior Instruction: HB 2694/SB 1365 lowered the passing rate of a CBE without Prior Instruction from the 90th percentile to the 80th.Credit by Exam Attempts: HB 2694/SB 1365 states the following:
- A student may not attempt to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course more than two times.
- If a student fails to earn credit by examination for a specific high school course before the beginning of the school year in which the student would ordinarily be required to enroll in that course in accordance with the school district's prescribed course sequence, the student must satisfactorily complete the course to receive credit.Credit by Exam for Acceleration and Subject-Related EOCs: HB 2694/SB 1365 mandates that CBEs for acceleration in a subject tested by an EOC must be externally validated. Currently, the University of Texas and Texas Tech University are in the external validation process. Therefore, CBEs for subjects tested by an EOC (Algebra I, English I, English II, U. S. History, and Biology) may only be taken, at this time, for credit recovery. CISD will monitor the websites of the University of Texas and Texas Tech University to determine when the CBEs for EOC related courses may once again be offered for acceleration.For the complete text of HB 2694/SB 1365, please refer to the text of adopted amendment to 19 TAC, Chapter 74 Curriculum Requirements, Subchapter C Other Provisions, 74.24 Credit by Examination.
STAAR Results: STAAR tests previously administered are routinely released by the state and published on the Texas Education Agency's website. If you would like more information on the types of questions included on a STAAR assessment, please download the tests and review the questions.
Student Success Initiative: Special Note for Parents of 5th and 8th Grade Students - The State of Texas has mandated the Student Success Initiative (SSI), which requires students in grades 5 and 8 to "pass" the reading and math state assessments in order to be promoted to the next grade level. This includes English language learners. The Student Success Initiative (SSI) was enacted by the 76th Legislature in 1999 to ensure that all students receive the instruction and support needed to be academically successful in reading and math. A 5th or 8th grade learner can only advance to the next grade level by passing the reading and math STAAR tests or, after three attempts to pass the tests, with a unanimous decision of the Grade Placement Committee (GPC). Please see the state testing calendar for testing dates. (Note: 8th grade students enrolled in Algebra I are not subject to SSI requirements for math because they do not take the 8th grade math STAAR, but they are subject to SSI requirements for reading because they take the 8th grade reading STAAR.)
STAAR End-of-Course Graduation Requirements: Parents of students in middle and high school, please visit the STAAR web page to learn about the state testing requirements for graduation. Many students will take high school courses in middle school and will be required to participate in the STAAR End-of-Course (EOC) exams while in middle school in order to earn a diploma.
Reporting of STAAR Results: The state has changed the labels for the STAAR academic performance standards.The table and information below provide clarification of the new academic performance labels.
|PREVIOUS STANDARD LABEL||NEW STANDARD LABEL|
|Level I||Does Not Meet Grade Level|
|Level II (current passing standard)||Approaches Grade Level|
|Level II Final||Meets Grade Level|
|Level III Advanced||Masters Grade Level|
The standards are defined as:
Due to the changes, all STAAR results will be available online for the parents. No paper reports will be sent home. If you would like a paper copy of your child’s results, please contact your child’s campus in the fall of 2017. A copy of the paper report will be provided to you.
Per the state of Texas, grade 3-8 STAAR Report Cards will be available online at texasassessment.com starting June 30, 2017. For high school EOC results, the online availability will be June 13, 2017. To access the results online, you will need your child’s portal access code and their birth date. If you access texasassessment.com, the state has links to help you access your child's results. If, for any reason, the state's site is not providing you the code, directions have been developed to help you access your child's code. Please click this link for the directions to obtain your child’s portal access code and the STAAR Report Card.
In the directions, you will see a two-part process. The first part of the directions provide steps to obtain your child’s portal access code through CISD’s Home Access Center. The second part of the directions give steps to retrieve your child’s STAAR Report Card through the state’s texasassessment.com website.
Please note that CISD’s Home Access Center, where you will obtain your child’s portal access code, will temporarily close on July 18, 2017, and reopen on August 21, 2017. You may obtain your child’s portal access code from June 13th through July 18th at CISD’s Home Access Center and use it on the state’s website when the STAAR Report Cards become available.
TIMELINE OF AVAILABILITY
CISD Home Access Center: Available June 13, 2017; closes July 18, 2017, and reopens August 21, 2017
EOC STAAR Report Card: Available June 13, 2017
Grades 3-8 STAAR Report Card: Available June 30, 2017