TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 2. TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY

CHAPTER 74. CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

SUBCHAPTER AA. COMMISSIONER'S RULES ON COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

19 TAC §74.1003

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopts an amendment to §74.1003, concerning commissioner's rules on college and career readiness. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the February 14, 2020 issue of the Texas Register (45 TexReg 988) and will not be republished. The adopted amendment specifies that, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability will be provided in the annually adopted accountability manual.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: Section 74.1003 defines the list of industry-based certifications that are recognized for the purpose of accounting for students who earn industry certifications in the public school accountability system.

The list included as a figure in subsection (a) applied to the 2017-2018 school year. The adopted amendment specifies that the figure in subsection (a) also applies to the 2018-2019 school year.

An updated list of recognized industry certifications has been approved by the commissioner of education for implementation in the 2019-2020 academic year. The adopted amendment adds a new subsection (b) to state that, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the list of approved industry-based certifications affecting public school accountability will be provided in the accountability manual adopted annually in 19 TAC §97.1001, Accountability Rating System.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND AGENCY RESPONSES: The public comment period on the proposal began February 14, 2020, and ended March 16, 2020. Following is a summary of public comments received and corresponding agency responses.

Comment: The Texas School Alliance (TSA) and an educator expressed support for including the industry-based certification list in the annually adopted accountability manual.

Response: The agency agrees that it is beneficial for the industry-based certification list to be included in the annually adopted accountability manual.

Comment: An individual recommended adding specific industry certifications not already included on the list of industry-based certifications.

Response: This comment is outside the scope of the proposed rulemaking. Industry-based certifications must be approved through an evaluation process conducted biennially.

Comment: An educator recommended adding specific industry certifications not already included on the list of industry-based certifications.

Response: This comment is outside the scope of the proposed rulemaking. Industry-based certifications must be approved through an evaluation process conducted biennially.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendment is adopted under Texas Education Code, §39.053, which requires the commissioner to adopt a set of indicators of the quality of learning and achievement.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendment implements Texas Education Code, §39.053.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on August 3, 2020.

TRD-202003132

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

Effective date: August 23, 2020

Proposal publication date: February 14, 2020

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497