What is House Bill 5: Community and Student Engagement
House Bill 5 (HB 5) of the 83rd Texas Legislature Regular Session added Section 39.0545 to the Texas Education Code (TEC). TEC § 39.0545 requires that each school district assign ratings of exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable for the district and for each campus on both overall performance on each of nine factors. The community student engagement requirement is an opportunity for districts to showcase areas of excellence and success as well as recognize areas in need of improvement and set future goals valued in the community.
What are the nine factors?
The statute provides nine factors for which the district and each campus must be evaluated:
- Fine Arts
- Wellness and Physical Education
- Community and Parental Involvement
- 21st Century Workforce Development Program
- 2nd Language Acquisition Program
- Digital Learning Environment
- Dropout Prevention Strategies
- Educational Programs for GT Students
- Compliance with Statutory Reporting and Policy Requirements
What are the rating labels?
Statute does not permit TEA to determine the criteria for these evaluations; criteria are to be developed by a local committee. The Hutto ISD District Advisory Committee (DAC) has been identified as the local committee plus interested members of the public.
Each district must use criteria set by a local committee to evaluate the districts and campuses performance under each of the first 8 categories (exemplary, recognized, acceptable, or unacceptable) and provide an answer (yes or no) for the compliance category.