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  H.B. No. 1603
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the use of individual graduation committees and other
  alternative methods to satisfy certain public high school
  graduation requirements.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 12.104(b-2) and (b-3), Education Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (b-2)  An open-enrollment charter school is subject to the
  requirement to establish an individual graduation committee under
  Section 28.0258. [This subsection expires September 1, 2023.]
         (b-3)  An open-enrollment charter school is subject to the
  graduation qualification procedure established by the commissioner
  under Section 28.02541. [This subsection expires September 1,
  2023.]
         SECTION 2.  Section 28.025(c-6), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (c-6)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c), a person may receive
  a diploma if the person is eligible for a diploma under Section
  28.0258. [This subsection expires September 1, 2023.]
         SECTION 3.  Section 28.02591(a), Education Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in
  coordination with the agency, shall collect longitudinal data
  relating to the post-graduation pursuits of each student who is
  awarded a diploma based on the determination of an individual
  graduation committee under Section 28.0258, [as that section
  existed before September 1, 2023,] including whether the student:
               (1)  enters the workforce;
               (2)  enrolls in an associate degree or certificate
  program at a public or private institution of higher education;
               (3)  enrolls in a bachelor's degree program at a public
  or private institution of higher education; or
               (4)  enlists in the armed forces of the United States or
  the Texas National Guard.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 39.025(a-3) and (a-5), Education Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a-3)  A student who, after retaking an end-of-course
  assessment instrument for Algebra I or English II, has failed to
  perform satisfactorily as required by Subsection (a), but who
  receives a score of proficient on the Texas Success Initiative
  (TSI) diagnostic assessment for the corresponding subject for which
  the student failed to perform satisfactorily on the end-of-course
  assessment instrument satisfies the requirement concerning the
  Algebra I or English II end-of-course assessment, as applicable.
  [This subsection expires September 1, 2023.]
         (a-5)  Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a student who has
  failed to perform satisfactorily on end-of-course assessment
  instruments in the manner provided under this section may receive a
  high school diploma if the student has qualified for graduation
  under Section 28.0258. [This subsection expires September 1, 2023.]
         SECTION 5.  Section 39.057(a), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The commissioner may authorize special accreditation
  investigations to be conducted:
               (1)  when excessive numbers of absences of students
  eligible to be tested on state assessment instruments are
  determined;
               (2)  when excessive numbers of allowable exemptions
  from the required state assessment instruments are determined;
               (3)  in response to complaints submitted to the agency
  with respect to alleged violations of civil rights or other
  requirements imposed on the state by federal law or court order;
               (4)  in response to established compliance reviews of
  the district's financial accounting practices and state and federal
  program requirements;
               (5)  when extraordinary numbers of student placements
  in disciplinary alternative education programs, other than
  placements under Sections 37.006 and 37.007, are determined;
               (6)  in response to an allegation involving a conflict
  between members of the board of trustees or between the board and
  the district administration if it appears that the conflict
  involves a violation of a role or duty of the board members or the
  administration clearly defined by this code;
               (7)  when excessive numbers of students in special
  education programs under Subchapter A, Chapter 29, are assessed
  through assessment instruments developed or adopted under Section
  39.023(b);
               (8)  in response to an allegation regarding or an
  analysis using a statistical method result indicating a possible
  violation of an assessment instrument security procedure
  established under Section 39.0301, including for the purpose of
  investigating or auditing a school district under that section;
               (9)  when a significant pattern of decreased academic
  performance has developed as a result of the promotion in the
  preceding two school years of students who did not perform
  satisfactorily as determined by the commissioner under Section
  39.0241(a) on assessment instruments administered under Section
  39.023(a), (c), or (l);
               (10)  when excessive numbers of students eligible to
  enroll fail to complete an Algebra II course or any other advanced
  course as determined by the commissioner;
               (11)  when resource allocation practices as evaluated
  under Section 39.0821 indicate a potential for significant
  improvement in resource allocation;
               (12)  when a disproportionate number of students of a
  particular demographic group is graduating with a particular
  endorsement under Section 28.025(c-1);
               (13)  when an excessive number of students is
  graduating with a particular endorsement under Section
  28.025(c-1);
               (14)  in response to a complaint submitted to the
  agency with respect to alleged inaccurate data that is reported
  through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS)
  or through other reports required by state or federal law or rule or
  court order and that is used by the agency to make a determination
  relating to public school accountability, including accreditation,
  under this chapter;
               (15)  when 10 percent or more of the students
  graduating in a particular school year from a particular high
  school campus are awarded a diploma based on the determination of an
  individual graduation committee under Section 28.0258;
               (16) [(15)]  when a school district for any reason
  fails to produce, at the request of the agency, evidence or an
  investigation report relating to an educator who is under
  investigation by the State Board for Educator Certification; or
               (17) [(16)]  as the commissioner otherwise determines
  necessary.
         SECTION 6.  Sections 28.02541(g), 28.0258(l), and
  28.0259(e), Education Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 7.  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, 2021.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1603 was passed by the House on April
  13, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1603 on May 24, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 0,
  1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1603 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 18, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor