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HB 5 College Preparatory Mathematics

by TASA - Texas Association of School Administrators

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Course Description

Mathematics knowledge is essential to becoming a productive citizen in today’s society. Many factors have increased the level of understanding of mathematics needed by the average adult. Our ever-changing world has become increasingly quantitative in nature. For example, in the physical sciences, social studies, and the business world, a widening array of phenomena is explained with numeric data presented visually in the form of charts and graphs that require interpretation. Mathematical reasoning is key to solving problems, formulating logical arguments, understanding quantitative features of various disciplines, critically analyzing media sources, and searching for patterns. Through mathematics, people become more able to make well-informed decisions by formulating conjectures and testing hypotheses. Mathematics cannot be viewed solely as a series of stand-alone courses or a set of specific skills. It must also be considered as a source of cross-disciplinary knowledge that is essential for success in numerous areas of study.

House Bill 5 – College Preparatory Courses
House Bill 5 removed responsibility of the development of college preparatory courses from TEA and higher education commissioners and assigned the responsibility to districts. The requirement indicates districts must partner with at least one institution of higher education to develop and provide college preparatory courses in English language arts and mathematics. It requires the courses be designed for 12th grade students whose performance on an EOC exam does not meet college readiness standards; or coursework, college entrance exam, or higher education screener indicates the student is not ready for college-ready coursework.

The developed courses must be provided on the campus of the high school offering the course, or through distance learning or an online course provided through an institution of higher education with which the district has partnered. High school and higher education faculty must collaborate to ensure the courses are aligned with college readiness expectations. Additionally, each district must provide notice to district students and their parents or guardians regarding the benefits of enrolling in such a course.

A student who successfully completes an English language arts (ELA) college preparatory course or math college preparatory course can use the credit to satisfy the advanced ELA credit requirement or the advanced math credit requirement for the foundation school program, respectively. The bill allows the college preparatory course to be offered for dual credit at the discretion of the higher education institution.

Each district, in consultation with their higher education partner, is required to develop or purchase instructional materials for the course, including technology resources using to the extent practical materials already developed. Districts are permitted to use their Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) in purchasing the materials, in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner regarding this use of the IMA.

The statute requires only one course each in ELA and math, but does not limit the number of courses a district develops nor does it define the content of the courses. Given the reference to college readiness expectations, it would be practical to base the development of these courses on the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Although districts gained responsibility for the development of these courses, it does not relieve institutions of higher education from offering necessary remedial or developmental college courses. Any exemption of college-level remedial or developmental courses due to a student’s satisfactory performance in one of these locally-developed college preparatory courses applies only to the institution of higher education that partners with the school district in which the student is enrolled to provide the course. The commissioner of higher education may devise rules to determine the manner in which exemptions may be applied to institutions of higher education other than the partnering institution, although that has not occurred to date.

The course and corresponding materials must be available to students not later than the 2014–2015 school year.

TASA on iTunes U®

Building upon the existing resources available in TASA on iTunes U®, TASA engaged experienced teachers and content specialists, along with higher education faculty representatives, to develop a collection of digital content resources that Texas districts can use in responding to this college preparatory course requirement in House Bill 5. Local districts can rely on this vetted compendium of interactive online content in the collaboration and development of their local college preparatory courses.

A group of math and English language arts K-12 teachers, curriculum experts, and higher education representatives began collaborating in March 2014 to design the architecture of the two college preparatory courses. The framework of the courses is based on the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and provides an alignment to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The team of K-12 and higher education representatives reconvened in April 2014 to populate the college preparatory course resource collections with a vetted compilation of digital content and resources.

Upon final design of districts’ courses in consultation with their institution of higher education partner, districts have access to locally-developed college preparatory courses satisfying the requirements of House Bill 5 that are rooted in content fostering creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills in an engaging, digitally rich learning environment.
HB 5 College Preparatory Mathematics
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