The Texas Education Agency issued the following statement regarding draft rules on graduation plans under House Bill 5.
Draft rules on HB 5 graduation program released
AUSTIN – Based on direction from the State Board of Education (SBOE), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today released draft rules to be considered by the SBOE at its November meeting regarding the new high school graduation program under House Bill 5 (HB 5). Passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature, HB 5 revises the graduation program for students entering Grade 9 in the 2014-2015 school year and all subsequent years.
The draft rules represent an initial proposal created directly from State Board member input and processed by TEA staff on the Board’s behalf. The Board is scheduled to vote to authorize the agency to file the draft for official public comment at its November meeting. A public hearing on the graduation program is scheduled for Nov. 20.
As part of its process, State Board members have already been accepting public comments regarding the graduation program via email at SBOESUPPORT@tea.state.tx.us. A final vote on new HB 5 graduation program by the State Board of Education is expected in January 2014.
To review the draft proposed rules for consideration by the State Board of Education at its November meeting, visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/