Under a new state law, Texas is requiring school districts to provide all students who do not perform proficiently on the state’s reading and math assessments with an accelerated learning plan. The legislature, in House Bill 4545, said that students not at least approaching grade level in reading or math on state assessments must be provided with accelerated instruction. The instruction can include pairing the student with a highly effective teacher or providing the student with at least 30 hours of accelerated instruction (such as summer school or after-school tutoring) in the subjects in which they are struggling. Federal recovery funding will be instrumental in district implementation of the legislature’s vision, and it is yet to be determined how each district specifically will use the funding.
We are spotlighting this because the law requires districts to use data to identify struggling students and empowers schools to develop specific plans to help students in the areas they need it.