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HB 3 Implementation: Academic Growth Plans and Goals

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Under House Bill 3 (HB 3), your school board needs to adopt plans in early childhood literacy and math, as well as college, career, and military readiness (CCMR). It might feel like the district and board goal-setting requirements in HB 3 are a mile wide and twice as long. Don’t fret. It’s simpler than you think. 

Here’s a basic guide for what your board needs to know and do before the first day of class of the 2020–21 school year.

As mentioned, HB 3 now requires your board to adopt three plans:

  1. Early childhood literacy proficiency
  2. Early childhood math proficiency
  3. College, career, and military readiness

The plans have a few elements in common that are required in HB 3:

  • Specific and quantifiable, annual goals for five years at each campus
  • At least one assigned district-level administrator or employee of the regional education service center (ESS) to coordinate implementation and submit annual progress report to the board
  • Annual review by the board at a public meeting 
  • Annual report posted on district and campus websites

Reading and math proficiency plans

Your school board must adopt early childhood literacy and mathematics proficiency plans and post them on the district’s website. The plans must set specific goals for student performance in reading and math at each campus for the next five years and must be reviewed annually at a public meeting.

HB 3 specifies that each plan must include:

  • Annual goals for aggregate student growth on third grade math and reading
  • Annual targets for students in each group evaluated under closing the gaps domain
  • Targeted professional development for classroom teachers in kindergarten through third grade, for campuses that the board identifies as not meeting the proficiency plan’s goals and that considers the unique needs of students in bilingual education or special language programs

Annual targets that may be set for students in bilingual or English as a Second Language programs

CCMR plans

Your school board must adopt a CCMR plan to set annual goals for the next five years. The plan must also be reviewed annually at a public meeting and include:

  • Annual goals for aggregate student growth on CCMR readiness indicators evaluated under the student achievement domain
  • Annual targets for students in each group evaluated under closing the gaps domain

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has quite a video series to explain the ins and outs of the requirements. You can find the videos on the TEA HB3 in 30 website

TEA’s COVID-19 FAQ for board members (pdf) also touches on some of the challenges for boards adopting plans at this time.

What your district and board goal-setting process might look like

Practically speaking, here’s how this might break out over the next few months:

  • Your superintendent will use the school’s best available data and insight from key staff members to present your board with five-year goals and explain the multiple layers of the goals.
  • You should ask questions to get a thorough understanding of the proposal before adopting the goals. Consider asking what assessment instruments will be used as the basis for the goals and how your board might monitor progress more frequently than once a year.
  • Discuss the creation of a monitoring calendar to check progress toward the goals. Make sure it includes a board meeting for presenting and discussing an annual report on these goals. The report must be discussed publicly at that meeting and posted to the district and campus websites.

According to TEA, progress monitoring reports delivered to the board should, at a minimum, include:

  • District outcome goals and the progress measure being monitored
  • Data showing the overall progress for the district toward the annual target
  • Data showing the overall progress of each applicable student group towards each group’s annual target
  • Information showing each applicable campus’ overall progress
  • The superintendent’s interpretation of performance, along with evidence supporting the interpretation, and any needed next steps

This is just a start. Your superintendent will fill you in on other details such as how the district measures reading and math in grades pre-K to second grade and how progress reports on those younger students might be used to support the goals for third grade math and reading.

Contact TASB with your questions

If you’ve got questions about your board’s role in implementing HB 3 or any aspect of board service, we’re here to walk you through the problem, identify solutions, and point you toward more resources—no charge.

If you need more assistance than phone advice or a quick email can provide, TASB board consultants also offer additional support on a fee basis:

  • Follow-up consultations with key board and administration stakeholders after district planning or team-building workshops
  • Advice on identifying measurable objectives or action plans to achieve your goals
  • Feedback on your draft superintendent performance goals
  • Review of team operating procedures to identify potential problems
  • And more

Let us know how we can help. Contact us by calling 800.580.8272, extension 2453, or emailing board.dev@tasb.org.

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