HB 4545 Accelerated Learning

House Bill 4545 (HB 4545) was recently passed in the 87th Regular Legislative Session

The new statute is effective as of June 16, 2021, with accelerated instruction practices required during the 2021-2022 school year for all students, based on results from the Spring 2021 STAAR Scores.

Royal ISD will provide Accelerated Instruction Tutorials during the school day to ensure that your student receives the additional high-quality instruction and support he/she needs to be adequately prepared to approach, meet, and/or master the satisfactory academic performance standards of the assessment. Each tutorial session will be student-centered and personalized to meet their individual learning needs by focusing on targeted TEKS objectives.

HB 4545 establishes new requirements for accelerated instruction for students who do not pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®)

At a high level, the legislation includes:

  • Elimination of grade retention and retesting requirements in grades 5 and 8

  • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 in math or reading, a new LEA requirement to establish an accelerated learning committee to develop an individual educational plan for the student including active progress monitoring

  • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR (EOC) end-of-course assessments, clarification of prior accelerated instruction requirements, specifying that it must include either:

    • Being assigned a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher or

    • Receiving supplemental instruction (tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day