House Bill 5 (HB 5), passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013, made substantial changes to the state's curriculum and graduation requirements, assessment program, and accountability system. The community and student engagement requirement of HB 5 is part of the bill’s goal of reducing the predominance of standardized testing in Texas public education.
The community engagement requirement is an opportunity for districts to showcase areas of excellence and success as well as recognize areas in need of improvement and set future goals valued in the community.
The statute requires each district to evaluate and designate a performance rating for the district and each of its campuses based on criteria set by a local committee. The law requires that each district and each campus be assigned a rating of exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable. The district and campus performance ratings must be reported annually to TEA and made publicly available.
The statute provides nine factors for which the district and each campus must be evaluated:
- Fine Arts
- Wellness and Physical Education
- Community and Parental Involvement
- 21st Century Workforce Development Program
- Second Language Acquisition Program
- Digital Learning Environment
- Dropout Prevention Strategies
- Educational Programs for GT Students
- Compliance With Statutory Reporting and Policy Requirements
Each district must use criteria set by a local committee to evaluate the districts and campuses performance under each of the first categories (exemplary, recognized, acceptable or unacceptable) .