SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
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