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Accelerated Instruction - HB 4545 - 87(R)

HB 4545Overview

House Bill 4545 recently passed in the 87th Regular Legislative Session. The new statute is effective, as of June 16, 2021, with accelerated instruction practices required during the 2021-2022 school year for all students, based on results from Spring 2021. HB 4545 establishes new requirements for accelerated instruction for students who do not pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). At a high level, the legislation includes:

  • Elimination of grade retention and retesting requirements in grades 5 and 8
  • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 in math or reading, districts are required to establish an accelerated learning committee to develop an individual educational plan for the student and monitor progress
  • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR (EOC) end-of-course assessments, accelerated instruction requirements specifying that it must include either:
    • Being assigned a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher or
    • Receiving supplemental instruction (tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day

 

Supplemental Instruction Requirements:

  • Delivers targeted Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-aligned instruction for the applicable grade level and subject area(s) 
  • Is provided for no less than 30 hours total 
  • If a student does not pass the mathematics or reading STAAR, 30 hours of accelerated instruction must be provided for each subject area.
  • Is designed to assist the student in achieving satisfactory performance in the applicable grade level and subject area(s) 
  • Utilizes effective instructional materials designed for supplemental instruction 
  • Is delivered in a 1-on-1 or small group environment, with no more than 3 students in a small group (or in a larger ratio with permission from all parents or guardians connected to students in the group) 
  • Is provided by an individual with training in aligned instructional materials and under the LEA’s oversight 
  • To the extent possible, is provided by one person for the entirety of the student’s supplemental instruction period