Texas HB 4545 is directly related to education, and how schools in Texas meet student needs. It requires that students receive extra help in areas they are struggling in. This article will help educators get the facts on HB 4545 in Texas, and find resources the will support them as they consult with their peers and work on meeting the house bill’s guidelines.
What is HB 4545?
HB 4545 is a House Bill that was passed in Texas that focuses on provided additional academic support to students.
Specifically, HB 4545 requires that students in grades 3-8 who did not reach at least the ‘Approaches Grade Level’ standard on the STAAR assessment, or other grade level students who did not reach the same standards on the STAAR EOC assessments, will have to receive additional support. This support is referred to as supplemental accelerated instruction. It is referred to as ‘supplemental’ because it occurs outside of core instruction. Students will need to receive 30 hours of supplemental accelerated instruction, and/or perform at the ‘Approaches Grade Level’ or above on their STARR or STARR EOC assessments, to no longer need supplemental accelerated instruction in a subject area.
In addition, for students specifically in grades 3, 5, and 8 who did not reach at least the ‘Approaches Grade Level’ standard on their STARR exam in Math or Reading, an Accelerated Learning Committee will be formed. The Accelerated Learning Committee would include the student’s parent or guardian, and other educators who will meet to help create an Education Plan for the student, so that they can make progress in Math or Reading.
To get the facts, check out this quick overview from the TEA (Texas Education Agency). This District Fact Sheet help break down Hb 4545 requirements in a way that makes them easy to understand. In addition, the video below from the TEA is a great resource for understanding HB 4545 in Texas.
Who Can Implement HB 4545?
Texas school districts are required to implement HB 4545. Learn more about the implementation timeline and guidelines here. According to TEA’s FAQ document, under question #54, “HB 4545 applies to all students attending Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, regardless of their physical locations.”
When Did HB 4545 Go Into Effect?
According to the TEA (Texas Education Agency), HB 4545 went into effect on June 16th, 2021.
Does HB 4545 Apply to the 2023 School Year and Beyond?
The guidelines implemented for HB 4545 about supplemental accelerated instruction will apply, and Accelerated Learning Committees would still be formed in 2023 and the school years to follow. See TEA’s HB 4545 Overview document for more details.
A Guide to Help Implement HB 4545 in Texas Schools
Because HB 4545 requires supplemental accelerated instruction outside of core instruction, it may be a challenge for schools to provide time for this during the school day. Schools also need to be able to track student attendance for accelerated instruction, and report time spent. The articles below will explain how Enriching Students can be used as a tool for Texas schools to schedule students to accelerated instruction, track attendance, and create reports. Additionally, learn how Enriching Teachers can help schools manage Accelerated Learning Committees and student goals.