Discussion of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for
Fine Arts, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and
Subchapter C, High School
November 15, 2012
COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: DISCUSSION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: NO ACTION
SUMMARY: This item provides the opportunity for the committee to discuss proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and Subchapter C, High School.
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 State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for fine arts effective September 1, 1998. In January 2011, the board approved revisions to the process for review and revision of the TEKS. The revised process is being used for the review and revision of the fine arts TEKS.
FUTURE ACTION EXPECTED: Proposed revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and Subchapter C, High School, will be presented for first reading and filing authorization in January 2013.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: Applications for appointment to fine arts TEKS review committees were accepted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) from October 2010 to early January 2011. Applications received prior to the November 2010 SBOE meeting were provided to SBOE members at the November meeting so that members could begin nominating individuals to serve on these committees. Applications received after the November 2010 SBOE meeting were provided to SBOE members at the January 2011 meeting so that board members could complete the nominations. Nominations for expert reviewers and fine arts TEKS review committee members were made in February 2011.
The fine arts TEKS review committees were convened in Austin in May 2012 to begin work on draft recommendations for revisions to the TEKS. The committees met again in June 2012 to complete their initial draft recommendations. In July 2012, the first draft recommendations were provided to the board and to the board-appointed expert reviewers and posted to the TEA website for informal public feedback. At the July 2012 Committee of the Full Board meeting, expert reviewers and representatives from the TEKS review committees provided invited testimony on the first draft recommendations. In August, expert reviewers provided feedback on the committee's draft recommendations. Copies of the reviews provided by the expert reviewers were distributed to the TEKS review committee members and posted to the TEA website in September.
The fine arts TEKS review committees met again in September 2012 to review feedback and complete recommendations for revisions to the fine arts TEKS. The final recommendations from the review committees will be sent to SBOE members as a separate exhibit prior to the November meeting.
FISCAL IMPACT: There will be normal business costs associated with this process for the agency, including staff and committee travel, meeting accommodations, expert review, and production and dissemination of documents.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Benefits include better alignment of the TEKS and coordination of the standards with the adoption of instructional materials.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: The proposed revisions would have no procedural and reporting requirements.
LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: The proposed revisions would have no new locally maintained paperwork requirements.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: The official public comment period will begin when the proposal, approved for first reading and filing authorization by the SBOE, is published in the Texas Register.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.
Michael L. Williams
Commissioner of Education
Staff Members Responsible:
Anita Givens, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs
Norma Torres-Martinez, Director of Standards and Alignment
Standards and Programs
Monica Martinez, Managing Director
Statutory Citations (PDF, 231KB)
Text of Proposed Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 117, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts, Subchapter A, Elementary, Subchapter B, Middle School, and Subchapter C, High School
(to be provided prior to the November SBOE meeting)