Proposed Amendment to Proclamation 2011
September 18, 2009
COMMITTEE OF THE FULL BOARD: ACTION
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: ACTION
SUMMARY: Proclamation 2011 was issued by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in May 2008 and was amended in November 2008 to include changes to the Prekindergarten Guidelines and to include a letter of intent from the commissioner. In July 2009, the board postponed further amendments to Proclamation 2011 until the September 2009 meeting. The board also scheduled an August 2009 work session to explore options for moving forward with Proclamations 2010, 2011, and 2012. Instructional materials submitted for adoption under Proclamation 2011 are scheduled for adoption in November 2010. The proposed amendment to Proclamation 2011 is to adjust the total cost of the proclamation to no more than 85 percent of the amount derived by the maximum cost methodology as originally adopted due to legislative mandates.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §31.022.
PREVIOUS BOARD ACTION: Proclamation 2011 was presented to the SBOE for discussion in March 2008 and approved in May 2008. At the September SBOE meeting, the board approved amendments to Proclamation 2011 to include Spanish Language Arts, Grades 2-6, and the college readiness standards. At the November 2008 SBOE meeting, the board approved amendments to include changes in the Prekindergarten Guidelines and to include a letter of intent from the commissioner. In July 2009, the board postponed further amendments to Proclamation 2011 until the September 2009 meeting.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND SIGNIFICANT ISSUES: In May 2008, the SBOE issued Proclamation 2011 which calls for materials for English Language Arts, Grades 2-8; Spanish Language Arts, Grades 2-6; Spelling, Grades 1-6; Handwriting, Grades 1-3; Speech, Grades 6-8; English I-IV, Grades 9-12; English as a Second Language Student Edition (SE) and Teacher Edition (TE), Grades K-8; and Prekindergarten Systems (with Spanish components and Spanish TE).
The Prekindergarten Guidelines were approved by the commissioner of education on May 21, 2008, and were included in Proclamation 2011 when it was issued by the SBOE.
In November, the Prekindergarten Guidelines were revised to include a Statement of Intent from the Commissioner. In addition, the second and final pages of the document were revised to reflect the updated Copyright Notice. The changes were integrated into Volume II of Proclamation 2011.
The board conducted a work session in August 2009 to review publishers’ updated bid prices and to explore options for moving forward with Proclamations 2010, 2011, and 2012. The proposed amendment would implement the requests made by the 81st Texas Legislature to adjust the total cost of Proclamation 2011.
FISCAL IMPACT: The estimated cost to the state for new instructional materials in each subject is based on costs established by the board and the estimated number of units that will be purchased.
PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: Amending the proclamation will provide additional clarification to publishers, the SBOE, and the public related to the requirements of the proclamation.
PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: None.
PUBLIC COMMENTS: None.
OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.
COMMISSIONER’S RECOMMENDATION: I recommend that the State Board of Education:
Approve the proposed amendment to Proclamation 2011 of the State Board of Education Advertising for Bids on Instructional Materials.
Commissioner of Education
Staff Members Responsible: Anita Givens, Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs
Norma Torres-Martinez, Deputy Associate Commissioner
Standards and Alignment
John Lopez, Managing Director
Instructional Materials and Educational Technology
Separate Exhibit: Proposed Amendments to Proclamation 2011 (to be provided prior to the September SBOE meeting)