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Recap: State Board of Education (SBOE) Meeting

November 22, 2022
The SBOE (State Board of Education) met on Friday, November 18. Board Chairman, Kevin Ellis, welcomed members and outlined the meeting’s discussion around STAAR redesign, school safety standards, and recommendations from the board for the upcoming 88th Legislative Session.

Commissioner Morath shared updates regarding STAAR redesign. The redesign includes adjustments to the Reading Language Arts (RLA) portions of the test and accommodations for students. The assessment will also shift to a fully online assessment. STAAR’s redesign will go live this school year in Spring 2023. Learn more about the redesign and transition to online testing here.

New school safety standards were also discussed as Commissioner Morath, under the charge of Governor Abbott, is proposing a new rule to address school safety concerns. The proposed rule would require all school system instructional facilities have access points that are secured by design, maintained to operate as intended, and appropriately monitored. Read the full rule here. Read TEA’s Proposed Rule Summary here.

The board also adopted recommendations for the upcoming 88th Legislative Session set to begin on January 10, 2022. In preparation for each legislative session, the board adopts recommendations for legislative action which are designed to improve the public education system of Texas. The board approved the following legislative recommendations:
  • Grant the SBOE veto authority of charter school expansion.
  • Charter schools in the State of Texas would follow the same rules as Local Education Agencies (LEA’s).
  • All LEA’s would use textbooks approved by the SBOE or seek a TEA waiver; combine SBOE. approval process with the Texas Resource Review with SBOE approval of rubric; align instructional materials to cover 100% of the TEKS standards.
  • Provide SBOE members benefits and staff support.
  • Raise the floor of the minimum salary schedule by a minimum of 50% and fully fund it.
  • Reject all attempts to divert public dollars away from public schools in the form of vouchers, education savings accounts, taxpayer saving grants, tuition tax credits, a business franchise tax credit, or an insurance premium tax credit, or any other mechanisms that have the effect of reducing funding to public schools.

The SBOE will meet for their regular meeting from January 31 to February 3. See the full agenda for the November meeting here. Watch the full meeting here.
2023 SBOE Meeting Dates :
  • January 31-February 3, 2023
  • April 11-14, 2023
  • June 20-23, 2023
  • August 29-September 1, 2023
  • November 14-17, 2023


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