[eDebate] ALL Texas HS Debate will become pass/ fail

rrach at juno.com rrach
Fri Dec 5 03:18:27 CST 2008


Dear <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Texas Debate Community,
 
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is preparing to pass a rule shortly after Christmas universalizing GPA weighting schemes for Texas High Schools and incidentally making debate a pass-fail class in the state of Texas  ( see attached copy of the Texas Register p. 50 and applicable Texas Administrative Code chapter 74 section 74.63(b).)
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I repeat ? as currently written ? this proposed administrative rule would make debate, classes pass/fail in all Texas public high schools.  P.E. would also be pass fail.  Fine art electives such as band and choir would be 4.0.  Health and Comm. App. would be 4.0.  pre-AP and Pre-IB classes would be 4.5.  AP and IB classes will become 5.0.  This system would be grandfathered in beginning with freshmen for August 2009.
 
If I am misreading this rule or code, please advise.
 
I hazard a guess that this may adversely effect some debate programs in the state.
 
This is the rule proposal:
 
Uniform Grade-Point Calculation for Admission to General Academic Teaching Institutions. Procedures for calculating the high school grade-point average for students seeking admission to a Texas general academic teaching institution shall be as follows: 
 
(1) Only official high school transcripts shall be accepted by the general academic teaching institution for evaluation and grade-point calculation. (2) A four-point scale shall be used in computing the Uniform Grade-Point Average (GPA) with the exception of paragraph (7) of this section. (3) No grade points shall be awarded for courses that do not result in credit awarded. (4) Grades from the following courses regardless of when taken, shall be used in calculating the Uniform Grade-Point Average: Courses including electives in Texas Administrative Code ?74.63(b)(1) -(6) and (8) -(11) of this title (relating to Recommended High School Program); all College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in all disciplines; high school career and technology courses aligned with university programs of study as determined by the GPA Advisory Committee established by ?5.10(c) of this chapter (relating to Implementation of Uniform Grade-Point Average Rules); and dual credit courses including career oriented courses in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM). (5) Grades earned in local credit courses (Texas Education Code, ?28.002(f) shall not be included in the computation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average; and (6) Grades from out-of-state academic courses equivalent to those in paragraph (4) of this section shall be included in the computation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average if state credit toward the Recommended or Distinguished High School Program is awarded for them. (7) Courses shall be weighted in the following manner: (A) Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Credit courses set forth in paragraph (4) of this section shall be weighted equally with an additional weighting of 1.0 point in the calculation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average. (B) Pre-AP, Honors, and Pre-IB courses in paragraph (4) of this section that are natural precursors to AP and IB courses shall be weighted with an additional weighting of .50 if begun prior to May 1, 2013. 
 
I have included a long exact copy of the rule and a copy of the pertinent section of the Texas Administrative Code, as well as a short summary of the THECB's plans, and information where the board will receive public comment.  I have highlighted the applicable language of the rule and the chapter.
Comments on the new rules proposal may be submitted to Natalie Coffey, Senior Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or Natalie.coffey at thecb.state.tx.us. 
Russell Rach
12/5/08
Bellaire High School

 
PROPOSED RULES November 28, 2008 33 TexReg 9641 
TITLE 19. EDUCATION 
PART 1. TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD 
CHAPTER 5. RULES APPLYING TO PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, HEALTH-RELATED INSTITUTIONS, AND/OR SELECTEDPUBLIC COLLEGES OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN TEXAS SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS 
19 TAC ??5.8 -5.10 
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board proposes new ??5.8 -5.10 concerning Uniform Grade Point Average Calculation. Specifically, the new ?5.8 concerning Uniform Grade Point Average Calculation will establish a standard method for computing a student?s high school grade point average. The method must be based on a four-point scale and give additional weight to more rigorous courses. The new ?5.9 concerning the Conversion Chart for the Uniform Grade point Average will establish the mathematical equivalences for the standard method for computing a student?s high school grade point average established by ?5.8. The new ?5.10 will establish the time-table for the implementation of ?5.8. 
Dr. Judith Loredo, Assistant Commissioner for P-16 Initiatives, has determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, there will be slight fiscal implications to state or local government as a result of enforcing or administering the rules. The fiscal note to House Bill 3851, 80th Legislature Regular Session (2007) indicated that "given the complexity and variety of methods of calculating high school grade point average, it is assumed that school districts would likely incur some cost in conforming to an adopted methodology. Anticipated costs would include modification of local procedures and software." The rules are not, however, expected to affect any local economy. 
Dr. Loredo has also determined that for each year of the first five years the section is in effect, the public benefit anticipated as a result of administering the section will be increased student success and graduation from general academic teaching institutions. There is no effect on small businesses as noted, there are slight economic costs to entities required to comply with the section as proposed. There is no impact on local employment. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to Natalie Coffey, Senior Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or natalie.coffey at thecb.state.tx.us. Comments will be accepted for 30 days following publication of the proposal in the Texas Register. The new sections are proposed under the Texas Education Code, ?51.807, which requires the Coordinating Board to adopt rules establishing a standard method for computing a student?s high school grade point average. The new sections affect Texas Education Code, ?51.807. ?5.8. 
 
 
Uniform Grade-Point Calculation for Admission to General Academic Teaching Institutions. Procedures for calculating the high school grade-point average for students seeking admission to a Texas general academic teaching institution shall be as follows: 
 
(1) Only official high school transcripts shall be accepted by the general academic teaching institution for evaluation and grade-point calculation. (2) A four-point scale shall be used in computing the Uniform Grade-Point Average (GPA) with the exception of paragraph (7) of this section. (3) No grade points shall be awarded for courses that do not result in credit awarded. (4) Grades from the following courses regardless of when taken, shall be used in calculating the Uniform Grade-Point Average: Courses including electives in Texas Administrative Code ?74.63(b)(1) -(6) and (8) -(11) of this title (relating to Recommended High School Program); all College Board Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in all disciplines; high school career and technology courses aligned with university programs of study as determined by the GPA Advisory Committee established by ?5.10(c) of this chapter (relating to Implementation of Uniform Grade-Point Average Rules); and dual credit courses including career oriented courses in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM). (5) Grades earned in local credit courses (Texas Education Code, ?28.002(f) shall not be included in the computation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average; and (6) Grades from out-of-state academic courses equivalent to those in paragraph (4) of this section shall be included in the computation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average if state credit toward the Recommended or Distinguished High School Program is awarded for them. (7) Courses shall be weighted in the following manner: (A) Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Dual Credit courses set forth in paragraph (4) of this section shall be weighted equally with an additional weighting of 1.0 point in the calculation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average. (B) Pre-AP, Honors, and Pre-IB courses in paragraph (4) of this section that are natural precursors to AP and IB courses shall be weighted with an additional weighting of .50 if begun prior to May 1, 2013. 
 
(C) If begun on or after May 1, 2013, all Pre-AP and Honors courses will be expected to meet Laying the Foundation, or comparable standards. Pre-IB courses will be expected to be part of an approved IB program. In addition, continued weighting for Pre-AP, Honors, and Pre-IB courses will be reviewed by the GPA Advisory Committee established by ?5.10(c) of this chapter as appropriate. (8) The Uniform Grade-Point Average shall be computed for use by the general academic teaching institution: (A) By multiplying each grade (see paragraph (4) of this section) by the credits earned per course and totaling the products, and (B) The total of the products shall be divided by the total credits. (C) The result is to be calculated to no more than three decimal places, giving the official cumulative Uniform Grade-Point Average. 
 
?5.9. Conversion Chart for Uniform Grade Point Average. 
The following conversion chart shall be used in the calculation of grade point averages pursuant to ?5.8 of this chapter (relating to Uniform Grade-Point Calculation for Admission to General Academic Teaching Institutions): Figure: 19 TAC ?5.9 
?5.10. Implementation of Uniform Grade-Point Average Rules. 
 
(a) The rules for calculation of the Uniform Grade-Point Average established under ?5.8 of this chapter (relating to Uniform Grade-Point Calculation for Admission to General Academic Teaching Institutions) shall apply to the calculation of such averages for all students who enter the ninth grade for the first time from May 1, 2009, onward. (b) The grade-point averages of students already in ninth grade or higher as of April 30, 2009, or before, shall be calculated on the same basis that would have applied to such students before the adoption of ?5.8 of this chapter. (c) The Coordinating Board will establish a 15-member Grade-Point Average (GPA) Advisory Committee according to ?1.6 of this title (relating to Advisory Committees), which will include representatives from public education, higher education and the workforce sectors, to oversee implementation of the GPA standards and to monitor the courses counted in the GPA calculation as curricula in high schools and universities change. Additionally, the GPA Advisory Committee will be responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Coordinating Board rules e.g., ?4.85 of this title (relating to Dual Credit Requirements) which specify requirements for dual credit courses. The GPA Advisory Committee will advise the Board on each of the referenced areas so that appropriate action may be taken when necessary. (d) Public institutions of higher education offering dual credit courses will be required to monitor the rigor of the courses offered to high school students and adhere to rules and standards adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 
 
This agency hereby certifies that the proposal has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be within the agency?s legal authority to adopt. 
Filedwiththe Office of the Secretary of State on November 17, 
2008. 
TRD-200805951 
 
Bill Franz General Counsel Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Proposed date of adoption: January 29, 2009 For further information, please call: (512) 427-6114
 
 
Chapter 74. Curriculum Requirements
Subchapter F. Graduation Requirements, Beginning with School Year 2007-2008
Statutory Authority: The provisions of this Subchapter F issued under 
the Texas Education Code, ??7.102(c)(4), 28.002, and 28.025(a), unless otherwise noted.
?74.61. High School Graduation Requirements.
(a)  Graduates of each high school are awarded the same type of diploma. The academic achievement record (transcript), rather than the diploma, records individual accomplishments, achievements, and courses completed and displays appropriate graduation seals.
(b)  All credit for graduation must be earned no later than Grade 12.
(c)  A student entering Grade 9 in the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter shall enroll in the courses necessary to complete the curriculum requirements for the recommended high school program specified in ?74.63 of this title (relating to Recommended High School Program) or the advanced program specified in ?74.64 of this title (relating to Distinguished Achievement High School Program--Advanced High School Program) unless the student, the student's parent or other persons standing in parental relation to the student, and a school counselor or school administrator agree that the student should be permitted to take courses under the minimum high school program specified in ?74.62 of this title (relating to Minimum High School Program). High school courses successfully completed prior to Grade 9 and the 2007-2008 school year shall count toward graduation in the manner established in this chapter for credit in the year the course is successfully completed.
(d)  To receive a high school diploma, a student entering Grade 9 in the 2007-2008 school year and thereafter must complete the following:
(1)  in accordance with subsection (c) of this section, requirements of the minimum high school program specified in ?74.62, the recommended high school program specified in ?74.63, or the advanced program specified in ?74.64; and
(2)  testing requirements for graduation as specified in Chapter 101 of this title (relating to Assessment).
(e)  A maximum of three credits of reading (selected from Reading I, II, or III) may be offered by districts for state graduation elective credit for identified students under the following conditions.
(1)  The school district board of trustees shall adopt policies to identify students in need of additional reading instruction.
(2)  District procedures shall include assessment of individual student needs, ongoing evaluation of each student's progress, and monitoring of instructional activities to ensure that student needs are addressed.
(f)  An out-of-state or out-of-country transfer student (including foreign exchange students) or a transfer student from a Texas nonpublic school is eligible to receive a Texas diploma, but must complete all requirements of this section to satisfy state graduation requirements. Any course credit required in this section that is not completed by the student before he or she enrolls in a Texas school district may be satisfied through the provisions of ?74.23 of this title (relating to Correspondence Courses and Distance Learning) and ?74.24 of this title (relating to Credit by Examination) or by completing the course or courses according to the provisions of ?74.26 of this title (relating to Award of Credit).
(g)  Elective credits in all three graduation programs may be selected from the following:
(1)  the list of courses approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) for Grades 9-12 as specified in ?74.1 of this title (relating to Essential Knowledge and Skills);
(2)  state-approved innovative courses as specified in ?74.27 of this chapter (relating to Innovative Courses and Programs);
(3)  Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)--one to four credits; or
(4)  Driver Education--one-half credit.
(h)  College Board advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses may be substituted for courses required in appropriate areas in all three high school graduation programs. College Board advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses may be used as electives in all three high school graduation programs.
Source: The provisions of this ?74.61 adopted to be effective September 1, 2005, 29 TexReg 9358; amended to be effective January 9, 2007, 32 TexReg 86; amended to be effective December 25, 2007, 32 TexReg 9624.
?74.62. Minimum High School Program.
(a)  Credits. A student must earn at least 22 credits to complete the Minimum High School Program.
(b)  Core Courses. A student must demonstrate proficiency in the following.
(1)  English language arts--four credits. The credits must consist of:
(A)  English I, II, and III (English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for immigrant students with limited English proficiency); and
(B)  Fourth credit of English, which may be satisfied by English IV, Research/Technical Writing, Creative/Imaginative Writing, Practical Writing Skills, Literary Genres, Business Communication, Journalism, or concurrent enrollment in a college English course.
(2)  Mathematics--three credits to include Algebra I and Geometry.
(3)  Science--two credits. The credits must consist of Biology and Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC). A student may substitute Chemistry or Physics for IPC and then must use the second of these two courses as the academic elective credit identified in subsection (b)(6) of this section.
(4)  Social studies--two and one-half credits. The credits must consist of World History Studies (one credit) or World Geography Studies (one credit), United States History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit), and United States Government (one-half credit).
(5)  Economics, with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits--one-half credit. The credit must consist of Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.
(6)  Academic elective--one credit. The credit must be selected from World History Studies, World Geography Studies, or any science course approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE) for science credit as found in Chapter 112 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science). If a student elects to replace IPC with either Chemistry or Physics as described in subsection (b)(3) of this section, the academic elective must be the other of these two science courses.
(7)  Physical education--one and one-half credits to include Foundations of Personal Fitness (one-half credit).
(A)  A student may not earn more than two credits in physical education toward state graduation requirements.
(B)  The school district board of trustees may allow a student to substitute certain physical activities for the required credits in physical education, including the Foundations of Personal Fitness. The substitutions must be based on the physical activity involved in drill team, marching band, and cheerleading during the fall semester; Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); athletics; Dance I-IV; two- or three-credit career and technology work-based training courses, and off-campus physical education.
(C)  In accordance with local district policy, a school district may award up to two credits for physical education for appropriate private or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in physical education. Such approval may be granted under the following conditions:
(i)  Olympic-level participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education.
(ii)  Private or commercially-sponsored physical activities include those certified by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Student participation of at least five hours per week must be required. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of the regular school day.
(8)  Health education--one-half credit, which may be satisfied by Health 1 or Advanced Health, or Health Science Technology--one credit, which may be satisfied by Introduction to Health Science Technology, Health Science Technology I, or Health Science Technology II.
(9)  Speech--one-half credit. The credit must consist of Communication Applications.
(10)  Technology applications--one credit, which may be satisfied by:
(A)  the following courses in Chapter 126 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications): Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering, or Independent Study in Technology Applications;
(B)  the following courses in Chapter 120 of this title (relating to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Business Education): Business Computer Information Systems I or II, Business Computer Programming, Telecommunications and Networking, or Business Image Management and Multimedia; or
(C)  the following courses in Chapter 123 of this title (relating to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Education/Industrial Technology Education): Computer Applications, Technology Systems (modular computer laboratory-based), Communications Graphics (modular computer laboratory-based), or Computer Multimedia and Animation Technology.
(c)  Elective Courses--five and one-half credits. The credits must be selected from the list of courses specified in ?74.61(g) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements).
Source: The provisions of this ?74.62 adopted to be effective September 1, 2005, 29 TexReg 9358.
?74.63. Recommended High School Program.
(a)  Credits. A student must earn at least 26 credits to complete the Recommended High School Program.
(b)  Core Courses. A student must demonstrate proficiency in the following:
(1)  English language arts--four credits. The credits must consist of English I, II, III, and IV (English I for Speakers of Other Languages and English II for Speakers of Other Languages may be substituted for English I and II only for immigrant students with limited English proficiency).
(2)  Mathematics--four credits.
(A)  The credits must consist of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. After successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, a student may select the fourth required credit from any of the following courses, except as provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph:
(i)  Precalculus;
(ii)  Independent Study in Mathematics;
(iii)  Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics;
(iv)  AP Calculus AB;
(v)  AP Calculus BC;
(vi)  AP Computer Science;
(vii)  International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Subsidiary Level;
(viii)  IB Mathematical Methods Subsidiary Level;
(ix)  IB Mathematics Higher Level;
(x)  IB Advanced Mathematics Subsidiary Level;
(xi)  concurrent enrollment in college mathematics courses; and
(xii)  Mathematical Models with Applications.
(B)  If selected, Mathematical Models with Applications must be taken prior to Algebra II.
(C)  The SBOE may designate additional courses that meet the requirements of this paragraph.
(3)  Science--four credits.
(A)  One credit must be a biology credit (Biology, Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, or International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology). Students must choose two credits from the following areas. Not more than one credit may be chosen from each of the areas to satisfy this requirement.
(i)  Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC);
(ii)  Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry; and
(iii)  Physics, Principles of Technology I, AP Physics, or IB Physics.
(B)  IPC cannot be taken as the final or fourth year of science, but must be taken before the senior year of high school. The fourth year of science may be selected from the laboratory-based courses listed in Chapter 112 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science), with the addition of Engineering and Earth and Space Science.
(C)  A student entering Grade 9 beginning with the 2012-2013 school year must take three science credits, at least one from each category, from the following areas:
(i)  Biology, AP Biology, or IB Biology;
(ii)  Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or IB Chemistry; and
(iii)  Physics, Principles of Technology I, AP Physics, or IB Physics.
(D)  The fourth year of science may be selected from the laboratory-based courses listed in Chapter 112 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science), with the addition of Engineering and Earth and Space Science.
(E)  The SBOE may designate additional courses that meet the requirements of this paragraph.
(4)  Social studies--three and one-half credits. The credits must consist of World History Studies (one credit), World Geography Studies (one credit), United States History Studies Since Reconstruction (one credit), and United States Government (one-half credit).
(5)  Economics, with emphasis on the free enterprise system and its benefits--one-half credit. The credit must consist of Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits.
(6)  Languages other than English--two credits. The credits earned must be for any two levels in the same language.
(7)  Physical education--one and one-half credits to include Foundations of Personal Fitness (one-half credit).
(A)  A student may not earn more than two credits in physical education toward state graduation requirements.
(B)  The school district board of trustees may allow a student to substitute certain physical activities for the required credits in physical education, including the Foundations of Personal Fitness. The substitutions must be based on the physical activity involved in drill team, marching band, and cheerleading during the fall semester; Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); athletics; Dance I-IV; and two- or three-credit career and technology work-based training courses.
(C)  In accordance with local district policy, a school district may award up to two credits for physical education for appropriate private or commercially-sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus. The district must apply to the commissioner of education for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in physical education. Such approval may be granted under the following conditions.
(i)  Olympic-level participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education.
(ii)  Private or commercially-sponsored physical activities include those certified by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Student participation of at least five hours per week must be required. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of the regular school day.
(8)  Health education--one-half credit, which may satisfied by Health 1 or Advanced Health, or Health Science Technology--one credit, which may be satisfied by Introduction to Health Science Technology, Health Science Technology I, or Health Science Technology II.
(9)  Speech--one-half credit. The credit must consist of Communication Applications.
(10)  Technology applications--one credit, which may be satisfied by:
(A)  the following courses in Chapter 126 of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Applications): Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering, or Independent Study in Technology Applications, or state-approved technology applications innovative courses;
(B)  the following courses in Chapter 120 of this title (relating to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Business Education): Business Computer Information Systems I or II, Business Computer Programming, Telecommunications and Networking, or Business Image Management and Multimedia;
(C)  the following courses in Chapter 123 of this title (relating to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Technology Education/Industrial Technology Education): Computer Applications, Technology Systems (modular computer laboratory-based), Communications Graphics (modular computer laboratory-based), or Computer Multimedia and Animation Technology; or
(D)  the completion of three credits (for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technology courses or who are enrolled in a Tech Prep high school plan of study) consisting of two or more state-approved career and technology courses in Chapters 119-125 and 127 of this title. Districts shall ensure that career and technology courses, including innovative courses, in a coherent sequence used to meet the technology applications credit are appropriate to collectively teach the knowledge and skills found in any of the approved courses listed in subparagraphs (A), (B), and (C) of this paragraph. Students pursuing the technology applications option described in this subparagraph must demonstrate proficiency in technology applications prior to the beginning of Grade 11.
(11)  Fine arts--one credit, which may be satisfied by any course in Chapter 117, Subchapter C, of this title (relating to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Fine Arts).
(c)  Elective Courses--three and one-half credits. The credits may be selected from the list of courses specified in ?74.61(g) of this title (relating to High School Graduation Requirements). All students who wish to complete the Recommended High School Program are encouraged to study each of the four foundation curriculum areas (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) every year in high school.
(d)  Substitutions. No substitutions are allowed in the Recommended High School Program, except as specified in this chapter.
Source: The provisions of this ?74.63 adopted to be effective September 1, 2005, 29 TexReg 9358; amended to be effective January 9, 2007, 32 TexReg 86.
 
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/1674.PDF
 
The Coordinating Board recently met to consider new rule proposals regarding a uniform GPA calculation as required by HB 3815. The Coordinating Board made every effort to be responsive to stakeholder concerns about the rules as originally published, and the new proposal should lay to rest many of the concerns raised.  
 
The new proposal is scheduled to be published in the Texas Register for public comment on November 29. The public comment period will end December 29 and the Board has tentatively planned to meet in early January to consider the proposal for final adoption. We will let you know when a specific date is set.
 
Comments on the new rules proposal may be submitted to Natalie Coffey, Senior Program Director, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, Texas 78711, or Natalie.coffey at thecb.state.tx.us. 
 
Highlights:
 
?        Course weights:
o        Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Dual Credit courses shall be weighted equally with an additional weighting of 1.0 point in the calculation of the uniform GPA.
o        Pre-AP, Pre-IB, and honors courses shall be weighted equally with an additional weighting of .50 if begun prior to May 1, 2012.
o        If begun on or after May 1, 2013, all pre-AP and honors courses will be expected to meet Laying the Foundation, or comparable, standards. Pre-IB courses will be expected to be part of an approved IB program. 
o        In addition, continued weighting of pre-AP, honors, and pre-IB courses will be reviewed by the GPA Advisory Committee, established by section 5.10 (c) of the rules.
 
?        Implementation:
o        The GPA calculation will apply to all students who enter the ninth grade for the first time from May 1, 2009, onward.
o        The GPAs of students already in the ninth grade or higher as of April 30, 2009, or before, shall be calculated using the same basis that would have applied to such students before the adoption.
o        Public institutions of higher education offering dual credit courses will be required to monitor the rigor of the courses offered to high school students and adhere to the rules and standards adopted by the THECB.
 
?        GPA Advisory Committee will:
o        Be composed of 15 members
o        Include representatives from public education, higher education, and the workforce sectors
o        Oversee implementation of the GPA standards and monitor the coursed counted in the GPA calculation
o        Be responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Coordinating Board rules, specifically for high school career and technology courses aligned with university programs of study and dual credit courses.
o        Advise the Coordinating Board on each of the referenced areas so that appropriate action may be taken when necessary.
 
 
Thanks,
Natalie Coffey
Senior Program Director
P-16 Initiatives
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
1200 East Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas  78752
natalie.coffey at thecb.state.tx.us
 
 
 
 
 
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