H.B. No. 1844
  relating to the administration of certain tests to home-schooled
  students by school districts.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 29, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 29.916 to read as follows:
  ADVANCED PLACEMENT TESTING. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Home-schooled student" means a student who
  predominantly receives instruction in a general elementary or
  secondary education program that is provided by the parent, or a
  person standing in parental authority, in or through the child's
               (2)  "PSAT/NMSQT" means the Preliminary SAT/National
  Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test sponsored by the College Board
  and Educational Testing Service and the National Merit Scholarship
         (b)  A school district shall permit a home-schooled student
  entitled under Section 25.001 to attend public school in the
  district to participate in an administration of the PSAT/NMSQT or a
  college advanced placement test offered by the district.  A school
  district shall require a home-schooled student to pay the same fee
  to participate in a test under this subsection that a student
  enrolled in the district is required to pay.
         (c)  A school district shall post on an Internet website
  maintained by the district the date the PSAT/NMSQT will be
  administered and the date any college advanced placement tests will
  be administered. The notice required under this subsection must
  state that the PSAT/NMSQT or the advanced placement test is
  available for home-schooled students eligible to attend school in
  the district and describe the procedures for a home-schooled
  student to register for the test. A school district that does not
  maintain an Internet website must publish the information required
  by this subsection in a newspaper in the district. If a newspaper is
  not published in the school district, the district shall provide
  for the publication of notice in at least one newspaper in the
  county in which the district's central administrative office is
  located. The information required under this subsection must be
  posted or published at the same time and with the same frequency
  with which the information is provided to a student who attends a
  district school.
         (d)  The commissioner may adopt rules as necessary to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2007-2008
  school year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1844 was passed by the House on April
  19, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1844 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________