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Texas HB 4545 FAQ: What It Means and How to Position Your District for Success

October 28th, 2021

Effective as of June 16, 2021, Texas House Bill (HB) 4545 sets new requirements for students who do not receive a passing grade on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).

With this change, districts will need to create and implement a system for monitoring students under HB 4545—which we walked through in a recent webinar event.

            View the Webinar: Creating a System for Monitoring Students Under HB 4545

 Here’s what districts need to know about HB 4545, including tips for setting up teachers and students for long-term success.

 When was Texas HB 4545 passed? When does it go into effect?

  • Passed in the 87th legislative session
  • Effective as of June 16, 2021
  • Applies starting with the 2021-22 school year

What are the Texas HB 4545 requirements?

  • Establishes new accelerated learning requirements for students who do not pass STAAR in Spring 2021
  • Applies to accelerated instruction required for or delivered during the 2021-22 school year

         Texas HB 4545 Requirements around Retention and Retesting

    • 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, LEAs have new requirement to establish an Accelerated Learning Committee to develop an individual educational plan for the student and monitor progress

         Texas HB 4545 Requirements around Learning Acceleration

    • Clarifies prior accelerated instruction requirements
    • For any student who does not pass the math or reading STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR end-of-Course (EOC) assessments, requires accelerated instruction requirements to 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

 A Strategy for Monitoring Students Under HB 4545

To ensure compliance under HB 4545, districts must be prepared to identify, support, and track students’ progress—platforms like eduCLIMBER can help simplify the process.

 As you prepare your district’s strategy, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Set an early warning alert based on STAAR exam scores to automatically flag students who fall under HB 4545. Instantly pinpoint which students need interventions/supports and progress monitoring under HB 4545.  Identify trends across grades and schools to drive early prevention and system-level resources to help decrease the number of students who require intervention.   
  • Set up automated notifications for teachers, interventionists, and other staff members responsible for supporting students under HB 4545. As soon as HB 4545 applies to a student, districts are required to establish an Accelerated Learning Committee to develop a plan. Setting up a notification system can help ensure that communications are sent to relevant parties and required actions are taken in a timely manner.
  • Identify a process for effective Accelerated Learning Committee meetings.  To make the most of Accelerated Learning Committee meetings, prepare (and share) the agenda ahead of time, use data to home in the targeted  intervention strategy, and determine who is accountable for action items. 
  • Create a system for tagging/monitoring HB 4545 students (e.g., “accelerated learning”). Having a specific tag in place enables districts to create reports, interventions, and other tools specific to HB 4545.  It also helps ensure compliance and accountability and streamline reporting processes.
  • Identify a channel where historical student data—including test scores, behavior incidents and attendance—can be viewed and examined. To evaluate individual students’ growth and progress over time, districts can provide a channel for tracking social-emotional behavior (SEB) and other available data—like eduCLIMBER’s student profile feature. 
  • Use historical data (academic and SEB) to evaluate individual students’ progress, identify notable trends, and provide appropriate supports. When historical progress is available, educators can make important connections between academic and non-academic incidents, ensuring the student has the resources and support they need to be successful.
  • Be prepared to distill raw student data into shareable reports. Much of HB 4545 requires collaboration and engagement between schools and parents. To support this, districts should be ready to distill student data into reports that are easy to share and understand.

 

What HB 4545 resources are available?

Texas Education Agency (TEA) 

Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

HB 4545 News Coverage

For additional guidance, view the webinar recording.

 

HB 4545 Texas Summary

Under Texas HB 4545, schools have new requirements for ensuring students are meeting learning targets.

Simplify HB 4545 Implementation with Illuminate:

  • Easily Identify Low Student Performance
  • Track Intervention Fidelity
  • Record Intervention Participation 
  • Follow Progress Monitoring

Need a platform to support your district’s HB 4545 strategy? Illuminate is here to help. Learn how eduCLIMBER supports districts pulling in academic, SEB, and attendance data to assist with tracking the requirements for students needing accelerated learning in areas. To learn more, request a demo.

 

 

 

 

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