Discussion Regarding Alternative Pathways for the Recommended and Distinguished Achievement Graduation Programs
March 26, 2009
COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL INITIATIVES: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION
SUMMARY: This item provides the opportunity for the committee to discuss alternative pathways and course offerings contained in those pathways for the Recommended High School and Distinguished Achievement graduation programs.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025.
BOARD RESPONSE: This item is presented for review and comment.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: The SBOE adopted 19 TAC §74.62, Minimum High School Program, §74.63, Recommended High School Program, and §74.64, Distinguished Achievement High School Program--Advanced High School Program to be effective September 1, 2005. The SBOE approved amendments to 19 TAC §74.63, Recommended High School Program, and §74.64, Distinguished Achievement High School Program--Advanced High School Program, to be effective January 9, 2007. The SBOE approved amendments to 19 TAC §74.61, High School Graduation Requirements, to be effective December 25, 2007. Discussion items regarding the graduation programs were presented to the Committee of the Full Board during the November 2008 and January 2009 meetings.
FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED: Based on the outcome of the discussion, staff will proceed as directed by the State Board of Education (SBOE).
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: The amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapter F, Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2007-2008, adopted by the SBOE in November 2006, included changes to reflect the four years of mathematics and science graduation requirements of House Bill 1, 79th Texas Legislature, Third Called Session, 2006. These changes only applied to the recommended high school and distinguished achievement programs found in 19 TAC §74.63 and 19 TAC §74.64. The board has discussed the need to increase flexibility for students who graduate under the recommended or distinguished achievement program and who have interest in pursuing fine arts, career and technical education, or other elective programs.
FISCAL IMPACT: None.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.
Commissioner of Education
Staff Member Responsible:
Anita Givens, Acting Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs