Texas Bill Would Add CTE Progress as Indicator on School Grades
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Texas, a state that emphasizes workforce pathways for its students in K-12, is considering legislation that would require the Texas Education Agency to track career readiness as an indicator on the state's school accountability system. Bill HB 1388, pending in committee after a recent public hearing, would add an indicator for the count of students with successful completion of a "coherent sequence of career and technology courses."
According to a legislative analysis, currently, the state's grading system allows schools to count only those students who have finished a career certification program, a high bar for high schoolers; that doesn't account for students who are making progress toward earning a certificate. The new law under consideration would let schools get credit for students who have completed two or more courses as a sequence of CTE courses in the same subject; at least one of those classes has to be an advanced course.
Reporting in K-12 Daily said the bill has received support from nearly two dozen organizations, including the Texas Association of School Boards, the Texas School Alliance, Texas State Teachers Association and a some districts and advocacy groups in the state.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.