• Background

    House Bill 4545 was 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.

    Overview

    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, a new LEA requirement 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, clarification of prior accelerated instruction requirements, specifying that it must include either:
      • Receiving supplemental instruction before or after school, or embedded in the school day
      • Under HB 4545, parents have the right to request a different teacher. Honoring requests will depend on teacher availability and balanced classrooms.

    Accelerated Learning Committees in Future School Years:

    Starting summer 2022, LEAs must establish ALCs and develop individual student plans after scores are received, which may take place before the end of that school year or during the summer and prior to the start of the school year, based on the latest STAAR results.

    Additional Highlights

    Retention and Retesting Requirements

    • A student in grade 5 or 8 is no longer required to be retained at the same grade level based on STAAR.
    • Grade placement committees have been eliminated, though school systems still have the flexibility to retain students if deemed appropriate locally.
    • In grades 5 and 8, there is now only one mathematics and reading testing opportunity. Prior law incorporated two retesting opportunities for students if the students did not perform satisfactorily on the initial assessment
       

    Additional information can be found on the TEA HB 4545 website.