S.B. No. 162
  relating to developing a developmental education plan for students
  entering public institutions of higher education.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 61.07611 to read as follows:
  (a)  To serve students who require developmental education in an
  effective and cost-effective manner, the board shall develop a
  statewide plan for developmental education to be provided under
  Section 51.3062 that:
               (1)  assigns primary responsibility for developmental
  education to public junior colleges, public state colleges, and
  public technical institutes; and
               (2)  provides for using technology, to the greatest
  extent practicable consistent with best practices, to provide
  developmental education to students.
         (b)  In developing the developmental education plan, the
  board shall:
               (1)  research relevant issues related to developmental
               (2)  study and develop best practices for successful
  developmental education programs, including through use of pilot
  programs; and
               (3)  assess various methods of providing developmental
  education to students to determine which methods, if any, should be
  implemented on a statewide basis.
         (c)  Developmental education under the plan must include:
               (1)  technological delivery of developmental education
  courses that allows students to complete course work;
               (2)  diagnostic assessments to determine a student's
  specific educational needs to allow for appropriate developmental
               (3)  modular developmental education course materials;
               (4)  use of tutors and instructional aides to
  supplement developmental education course instruction as needed
  for particular students;
               (5)  an internal monitoring mechanism to identify a
  student's area of academic difficulty;
               (6)  periodic updates of developmental education
  course materials; and
               (7)  assessments after completion of a developmental
  education course to determine a student's readiness to enroll in
  freshman-level academic courses.
         (d)  The developmental education plan must provide for:
               (1)  ongoing training for developmental education
  program faculty members, tutors, and instructional aides at the
  institutions or other locations where those persons provide
  instruction; and
               (2)  ongoing research and improvement of appropriate
  developmental education programs, including participation by a
  group of institution of higher education faculty members selected
  by the board, to:
                     (A)  monitor results of the programs;
                     (B)  identify successful and unsuccessful program
  components; and
                     (C)  identify possible solutions to program
         (e)  Not later than December 1, 2012, the board shall submit
  to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of
  representatives, and presiding officer of each legislative
  standing committee with primary jurisdiction over higher education
  a report concerning the initial development of the developmental
  education plan under this section, including any recommendations
  for redesign or reassignment among institutions of higher education
  of existing programs or implementation of new programs and, if
  appropriate, recommendations for legislation. This subsection
  expires January 1, 2013.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 162 passed the Senate on
  April 14, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 162 passed the House on
  May 23, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House