TEA News Releases Online June 10, 2013
Statement of Commissioner Michael L. Williams
regarding the signing of House Bill 5
AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry today signed House Bill 5 into law. Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams attended the bill signing ceremony and issued the following statement:
"House Bill 5 dramatically revises the number of high school student assessments required for graduation as well as overall graduation plans in Texas. In the long-term, these revisions will have a great impact on the state accountability system for schools, charters and districts. Details of that will be announced sometime in the future.
In the short-term, work to transition and implement the requirements of House Bill 5 is under way at the Texas Education Agency. While my staff has already been delving into those issues, we do not yet have answers to every question. However, I anticipate formally announcing the details as quickly as possible as I continue to hear from my staff, superintendents, educators and parents on the various issues important to assuring a smooth transition."