Wednesday, October 4, 2006

10:00 a.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.028






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Education was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2006, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.028, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Leticia Van de Putte








(Not on the Committee):

Senator Kel Seliger


Senator Royce West

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Steve Ogden

Senator Todd Staples

Senator Tommy Williams

Senator Judith Zaffirini





The chair called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 


Senator Shapiro made opening remarks.


The Committee heard testimony from invited witnesses on Interim Charge 1:  To review and

make recommendations on any improvements necessary for the state's accountability system,

especially as it relates to closing and measuring achievement gaps.  The Committee should study

the feasibility of establishing statutory minimum or baseline performance standards for state

education policies.  Such a review should include a thorough study of the current assessment

structure and make any recommendations about moving to other formats such as end of course

testing.  The Committee shall also make recommendations on how to incorporate alternative

delivery methods when assessing student performance.




At 1:46 p.m. Senator Seliger assumed the chair. 


At 1:47 p.m. Senator Shapiro resumed the chair. 


Witnesses testifying and registering on Interim Charge 1 are shown on the attached list. 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. 


There being no further business, at 3:06 p.m. Senator Shapiro moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair






Tara Korstad, Clerk