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With Board approval, the School shall develop or purchase examinations for acceleration that thoroughly test the essential knowledge and skills for each primary school grade level and for credit for secondary school academic subjects.

KINDERGARTEN- GRADE 5    

The School shall develop procedures for kindergarten acceleration that are approved by the Board.

The School shall accelerate a student in grades 1-5 one grade level if the student meets the following requirements:

  1. The student scores 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test for the grade level to be skipped in each of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;
  2. A School representative recommends that the student be accelerated; and
  3. The student's parent or guardian gives written approval of the acceleration.

GRADES 6-12

The School shall give a student in grades 6-12 credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction if the student scores 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced examination for acceleration for the applicable course. If such credit is given, the School shall enter the examination score on the student's transcript.

ANNUAL ADMINISTRATION

The School shall provide at least three days between January 1 and June 30 and three days between July 1 and December 31 annually when examinations for acceleration shall be administered in grades 1 through 12. The days need not be consecutive but shall be designed to meet the needs of all students.

The School may allow a student to accelerate at a time other than those described above by developing a cost-free option approved by the Board that allows students to demonstrate academic achievement or proficiency in a subject or grade level.

FEES

The School shall not charge for examinations for acceleration. If a parent requests an alternative examination, the School may administer and recognize results of a test purchased by the parent or student from Texas Tech University or the University of Texas at Austin.

Education Code 28.023; 19 TAC 74.24

Adopted:        4/1/05

Amended:       4/5/13

Reviewed:      

GRADES 6-12

In accordance with local policy, a student in any of grades 6-12 may be given credit for an academic subject in which he or she had some prior instruction, if the student scores 70 percent on a criterion-referenced test for the applicable course.  Education Code 28.023; 19 TAC 74.24(c)(3)

Adopted:         9/24/93
Amended:        4/5/13
Reviewed:

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (LPAC)

The language proficiency assessment committee (LPAC) [see EHBE] shall select the appropriate assessment option for English language learners, as defined in Education Code Chapter 29, Subchapter B, as a student of limited English proficiency (LEP), in accordance with 19 Administrative Code 101.1005.  The LPAC assessment decisions must be made on an individual student basis in accordance with administrative procedures established by TEA.

The LPAC shall document in the student’s permanent record file:

  1. The decisions and justifications related to English language proficiency assessments under 19 Administrative Code 101.1003;
  2. The decisions and justifications related to selecting the appropriate assessment option under 19 Administrative Code 101.1005;
  3. In conjunction with the admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee, the need for allowable testing accommodations under 19 Administrative Code 101.1003 and .1005;
  4. The reason for a postponement under 19 Administrative Code 101.1023; and
  5. The reason for a LEP exemption under 19 Administrative Code 101.1025.

19 TAC 101.1003(b), (c), .1005(a), (c), .1023, .1025(b)

DEFINITIONS

“Recent unschooled immigrant” means an immigrant who initially enrolled in a school in the United States not more than 12 months before the date of the administration of an assessment and who, as a result of inadequate schooling outside of the United States, lacks the necessary foundation in the essential knowledge and skills of the curriculum determined by the LPAC.  Education Code 39.027(g)

“Unschooled asylee or refugee” means a student who:

  1. Initially enrolled in a school in the United States as:
    1. An asylee as defined by 45 C.F.R. 400.41; or
    2. A refugee as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101;
  2. Has a visa issued by the U.S. Department of State with a Form I-94 Arrival/Departure record, or a successor document, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that is stamped with “Asylee,” “Refugee,” or “Asylum”; and 
  3. As a result of inadequate schooling outside of the United States, lacks the necessary foundation in the essential knowledge and skills of the curriculum prescribed under Education Code 28.002, as
  4. determined by the LPAC established under Education Code 29.063.

Education Code 39.027(a-1); 19 TAC 101.1005(c)

“Inadequate schooling outside the United States” is defined as little or no formal schooling outside the United States such that the asylee or refugee lacks basic literacy in his or her primary language upon
enrollment in school in the United States.  19 TAC 101.1005(d)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS

In kindergarten through grade 12, an English language learner shall be administered state-identified English language proficiency assessments annually in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to fulfill state assessment requirements under Education Code Chapter 39, Subchapter B, [see EKB] and federal requirements.  19 TAC 101.1003(a)

LIMITATIONS ON EXEMPTIONS

First Year After Enrollment

A LEP student may be administered an accommodated or alternative assessment instrument or may be granted an exemption from or a postponement of the administration of the state assessment for up to one year after initial enrollment in a school in the United States if the student has not demonstrated proficiency in English as determined by the assessment system developed to evaluate academic progress of a LEP student.  Education Code 39.027(a)(1)

Subsequent Years

A LEP student granted the initial exemption period above may be administered an accommodated or alternative assessment instrument or may be granted an exemption from or a postponement of the administration of the state assessment for up to:

  1. An additional two years if the student is a recent unschooled immigrant or is in a grade for which no assessment instrument in the primary language of the student is available; or
  2. An additional four years if the student’s initial enrollment in a school in the United States was as an unschooled asylee or refugee.  

The LPAC must determine that the student lacks the academic language proficiency in English necessary for an assessment in English to measure the student’s academic progress in a valid, reliable manner.

Education Code 39.027(a)(1)–(2), (a-1), (g)

TESTING IN GRADES 3-8

An English language learner shall participate in the grades 3–8 assessments and, except as provided below, shall be administered the general form of the English-version state assessment.

Spanish-Version Assessment

A Spanish-speaking English language learner in grades 3–5 may be administered the state’s Spanish-version assessment if an assessment in Spanish will provide the most appropriate measure of the student’s academic progress.

Linguistically Accommodated Assessments

An English language learner in grade 3 or higher may be administered the linguistically accommodated English version of the state’s mathematics, science, or social studies assessment if:

  1. A Spanish-version assessment does not exist or is not the most appropriate measure of the student’s academic progress;
  2. The student has not yet demonstrated English language proficiency in reading as determined by the English language proficiency assessments required above [see ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS]; and
  3. The student has been enrolled in U.S. schools for three school years or less or qualifies as an unschooled asylee or refugee enrolled in U.S. schools for five school years or less [see DEFINITIONS].

Exemption for Asylee or Refugee

An unschooled asylee or refugee who meets the criteria at SPANISH-VERSION ASSESSMENT and LINGUISTICALLY ACCOMMODATED ASSESSMENTS above shall be granted an exemption from an administration of an assessment instrument under Education Code 39.023(a), (b), or (l).  This exemption will only apply during the school year an unschooled asylee or refugee is first enrolled in a U.S. public school.

19 TAC 101.1005(b), (c)

Refusal of Services

An LEP student whose parent or guardian has declined bilingual education/ESL services is not eligible for an exemption, an exit-level test postponement, or an exclusion of test results from the determination of district accreditation and performance ratings for unschooled asylees or refugees under 19 Administrative Code 101.1010.  The student shall take the assessments of academic skills in English and the English language proficiency assessments required by 19 Administrative Code Chapter 101, Subchapter AA.  19 TAC 101.1007(d)

An English language learner whose parent or guardian has declined bilingual education/ESL services is not eligible for special assessment, accommodation, or accountability provisions made available to English language learners on the basis of limited English proficiency.  19 TAC 101.1005(f)

END-OF-COURSE ASSESSMENTS

An English language learner shall participate in the end-of-course assessments as required by Education Code 39.023(c) and, except as provided below, shall be administered the general form of the English-version state assessment.  19 TAC 101.1005(b)

An English language learner shall not be exempt from taking an end-of-course assessment for reasons associated with limited English proficiency or inadequate schooling outside the United States, except as provided below.

English I or II

If an English language learner enrolled in English I or II or English for Speakers of Other Languages I or II has not yet demonstrated English language proficiency in reading as determined by the English language proficiency assessments required above [see ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTS] and has been enrolled in U.S. schools for three school years or less, or qualifies as an unschooled asylee or refugee enrolled in U.S. schools [see DEFINITIONS] for five school years or less, then he or she shall not be required to:

  1. Use the assessment score as part of the cumulative score for graduation;
  2. Retake the assessment each time it is administered if the student passes the course but fails to achieve the established minimum score on the assessment; or 
  3. Have the score on the assessment count for 15 percent of the student's final grade in the course.  [See EKB]

19 TAC 101.1007(a), (b)

EXIT-LEVEL ASSESSMENTS

Beginning with the 2011–12 school year, provisions related to exit-level assessments shall apply only to students first enrolled in grade 9 or higher prior to the 2011–12 school year, or first enrolled in grade 10 or higher in the 2011–12 school year.  19 TAC 101.1021

Postponement

English language learners are not eligible for an exemption from exit-level testing requirements for graduation on the basis of limited English proficiency.  However, English language learners who are recent immigrants may be granted a postponement of the administration of the exit-level assessment during their first 12 months of enrollment in U.S. schools.  A postponement is not permitted if a student would otherwise not be afforded the opportunity to take the exit-level assessments at least one time before the student’s scheduled graduation date.  The LPAC shall document the reason for the postponement in the student’s permanent record file.  19 TAC 101.1023

Limited LEP Exemptions

Certain English language learners who have had inadequate schooling outside the United States may be eligible for a LEP exemption from the assessment during a period not to exceed their first three school years of enrollment in U.S. schools.  19 TAC 101.1025(a)

An English language learner who achieves a rating of advanced high on the state-administered English language proficiency assessment in reading during the student’s first school year of enrollment in U.S. schools is not eligible for an exemption in the second or third school year of enrollment in U.S. schools.  An English language learner who achieves a rating of advanced or advanced high on this assessment during the student’s second school year of enrollment in U.S. schools is not eligible for an exemption in the third school year of enrollment in U.S. schools.  Education Code 39.027€; 19 TAC 1025(a)(1)

During the first school year of enrollment in U.S. schools,  the student may be granted an LEP exemption if the LPAC determines that the student has not had the schooling outside the United States necessary to provide the foundation of learning that Texas schools require and measure on the assessment, whether the foundation be in knowledge of the English language or specific academic skills and concepts in the subjects assessed.  19 TAC 101. 1025(a)2)

During the second and third school years of enrollment in U.S. schools, a student whose schooling outside the United States was in adequate may be granted a LEP exemption if the LPAC determines that the student lacks the academic language proficiency in English necessary for an assessment of academic skills in English to measure the student’s academic progress in a valid, reliable manner.  19 TAC 101.1025(a)(3)

Federal Accountability Testing

Students exempted under these provisions shall be administered assessments in subjects and grades required by federal law and regulations in accordance with linguistically accommodated testing procedures delineated in the test administration materials.  19 TAC 101. 1025(c)

Refusal of Services

An English language learner whose parent or guardian has declined bilingual/ESL services is not eligible for an exemption or an exit-level test postponement under 19 Administrative Code 101.1023.  10 TAC 101.1025(d)

NON-LEP STUDENTS

TSBVI may administer the assessment of academic skills in Spanish to a student who is not identified as limited English proficient but who participates in a bilingual program if the LPAC determines the assessment in Spanish to be the most appropriate measure of the student’s academic progress. 

19 TAC 101.1005(g)

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Selecting Assessments

The ARD committee, in conjunction with the LPAC, shall  select appropriate assessments.

The ARD committee shall document the decisions and justifications in the student’s individualized education program (IEP).

19 TAC 101.1005(a)

English Language Proficiency Tests

In rare cases, the ARD committee in conjunction with the LPAC may determine that it is not appropriate for an  English language learner who receives special education services to participate in an English language proficiency assessment required above [see ENGLISH LANGUGE PROFICIENCY TESTS] for reasons associated with the student’s particular disability.  The ARD committee shall document the decisions and justifications in the student’s IEP, and the LPAC shall document the decisions and justifications in the student’s permanent record file. 19 TAC 101.1003(b)

In the case of an English language learner who receives special education services, the ARD committee in conjunction with the LPAC shall determine and document the need for allowable testing accommodations in accordance with administrative procedures established by TEA.  19 TEA 101.1003(c)

Alternative Assessment Instruments

In certain cases, an English language learner who receives special education services may, as a result of his or her particular disabling condition, qualify to be administered an alternative assessment instrument based on alternative achievement standards.  19 TAC 101.1005(b)

An unschooled asylee or refugee who meets this criteria shall be granted an exemption from an administration of an assessment instrument under Education Code 39.023(a), (b), or (l).  This exemption will only apply during the school year an unschooled asylee or refugee is first enrolled in a U.S. public school.  19 TAC 101.1005(c)

Testing Accommodations

The LPAC in conjunction with the ARD committee shall determine and document any allowable testing accommodations for assessments in accordance with administrative procedures established by TEA.  19 TAC 101.1005(e)

GRADE ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

The LPAC shall determine appropriate assessment and accelerated instruction for an English language learner who is administered a grade advancement test in English or Spanish, except as provided by 19 Administrative Code 101.1005.  The grade placement committee for an English language learner shall make its decisions in consultation with a member of the student’s LPAC.  19 TAC 101.2003(e)  [See EIE]

Adopted:         1/25/13
Amended:        9/20/13
Reviewed:

Policy

Title

Update

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Index

1/26/96, 5/24/96, 9/27/96, 11/15/96, 1/24/97, 3/21/97, 5/23/97, 9/26/97, 11/14/97, 3/31/98, 1/26/99, 11/19/99, 1/24/02, 11/22/02, 1/31/03, 3/21/03, 5/28/03, 11/21/03, 1/30/04, 3/26/04, 1/28/05, 4/1/05, 5/25/05, 11/18/05, 9/22/06, 1/26/07, 11/16/07, 1/22/10, 11/9/12, 1/25/13, 4/5/13, 6/5/13, 9/20/13, 9/25/15, 1/29/16, 4/7/17

EA

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Deleted 1/29/16

EB (TSBVI)

SCHOOL YEAR

Reviewed 4/5/13

EC

SCHOOL DAY

Amended 4/5/13

EF

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Amended 11/9/12

EFA INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION Adopted 5/28/03

EFAA

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION: TEXTBOOK SELECTION AND ADOPTION

Amended 9/20/13

EFB

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAMS

Reviewed: 11/22/02

EFC

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: COMMUNITY INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES

Reviewed 4/5/13

EFE

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

Amended: 11/22/02

EGA

EGA - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: INNOVATIVE AND MAGNET PROGRAMS

Amended 4/5/13

EHA

CURRICULUM DESIGN: BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM

Reviewed 1/28/05

EHAA

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM: REQUIRED INSTRUCTION (ALL LEVELS)

Amended 9/20/13

EHAB

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM: REQUIRED INSTRUCTION (ELEMENTARY)

Amended 1/25/13

EHAC

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM: REQUIRED INSTRUCTION: SECONDARY

Amended: 1/25/13

EHAD

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM: ELECTIVE INSTRUCTION

Amended 11/9/12

EHB

CURRICULUM DESIGN: SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Amended 11/9/12

EHBA

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Amended 4/7/17

EHBAA

SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS: IDENTIFICATION, EVALUATION, AND ELIGIBILITY

Amended: 9/20/13

EHBAB SPECIAL EDUCATION: ARD COMMITTEE AND INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Amended: 6/5/13
EHBAC SPECIAL EDUCATION: DISTRICT SHARE OF PLACEMENT AT TSBVI Amended 6/5/13
EHBAD SPECIAL EDUCATION: TRANSITION SERVICES Adopted 11/9/12
EHBAE SPECIAL EDUCATION: PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS Amended: 6/5/13

EHBC

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: COMPENSATORY/ACCELERATED SERVICES

Amended 6/5/13

EHBD SPECIAL PROGRAMS: FEDERAL TITLE I PROGRAMS Adopted: 1/24/02

EHBE

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: BILINGUAL Education/ESL

Amended 9/25/15

EHBF

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

Amended: 4/5/13

EHBH

SPECIAL PROGRAMS: OTHER SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Reviewed: 1/28/05

EHBK SPECIAL PROGRAMS: OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVES Amended 4/5/13

EHDB (TSBVI)

ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT: CREDIT BY EXAMINATION WITH PRIOR INSTRUCTION

Amended 4/5/13

EHDC ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR EARNING CREDIT: CREDIT BY EXAMINATION WITHOUT PRIOR INSTRUCTION Amended 4/5/13

EHDD

EXTENDED INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS: COLLEGE COURSE WORK/DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM

Amended 4/5/13

EHDE EXTENDED INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS: DISTANCE LEARNING Amended 9/20/13

EI

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Amended 6/5/13

EIA

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: GRADING PROGRESS REPORTS TO PARENTS

Amended 11/18/05

EIC

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: CLASS RANKING

Amended: 9/20/13

EIE

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: RETENTION AND PROMOTION

Amended 9/20/13

EIF

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: GRADUATION

Amended 9/20/13

EJ ACADEMIC GUIDANCE PROGRAM Adopted 9/20/13

EK

TESTING PROGRAMS

Amended 1/25/13

EKB

TESTING PROGRAMS: STATE ASSESSMENT

Amended: 1/25/13

EKBA

STATE ASSESSMENT: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS/  LEP STUDENTS

Amended: 9/20/13

EKC

TESTING PROGRAM: READING ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Amended: 1/25/13

EKD Testing Programs: Mathematics Assessment Program Adopted: 1/25/13

EMB

MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONAL POLICIES: TEACHING ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

Amended: 3/26/04

EMG (TSBVI)

MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONAL POLICIES: ANIMALS IN THE SCHOOL

Reviewed 9/20/13

EMI

MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUCTIONAL POLICIES: RELIGION IN THE SCHOOLS

Amended 9/20/13

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

It is state policy to ensure the mastery of English by all students, except that bilingual instruction may be offered or permitted in situations in which bilingual instruction is necessary to ensure students' reasonable proficiency in the English language and ability to achieve academic success. English shall be the basic language of instruction in public schools, unless the School adopts a dual language immersion program for elementary students under Education Code 28.0051 [see EGA].

Education Code 28.005

Adopted: 1/26/96

Amended: 5/28/03

Reviewed:

SCHOOL START DATE

The School may not begin instruction for students for a school year before the fourth Monday in August. The School may not receive a waiver of this requirement.

Education Code 25.0811

LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR

The School shall operate so that it provides for at least 180 days of instruction each school year unless the Commissioner approves a waiver request authorized by the School's Board.

EXCEPTIONS

The commissioner of education may approve the operation of schools for less than the number of instructional days specified above when disaster, flood, extreme weather conditions, fuel curtailments, or other calamities have caused the closing of the school.

Education Code 25.081

Adopted: 1/11/80

Amended: 6/14/80, 9/27/91, 9/24/93, 5/26/94, 1/26/96, 5/28/03, 11/16/07

Reviewed: 11/19/99, 4/1/05, 4/5/13

LENGTH AND SCHEDULE

The TSBVI school day shall be at least seven hours each day, including intermissions and recesses.

Pledges of Allegiance

The Superintendent shall require students, once during each school day, to recite the pledges of allegiance to the United States and Texas flags.  On written request from a student’s parent or guardian, the School shall excuse the student from reciting a pledge of allegiance.

Moment of Silence

The Superintendent shall provide for the observance of one minute of silence following the recitation of the pledges of allegiance.  During the one-minute period, each student may reflect, pray, or mediate, or engage in any other silent activity that is not likely to interfere or distract another student.  Each teacher or other school employee in charge of students during that period shall ensure that each student is silent and does not act in a manner that is likely to interfere with or distract another student.
Education Code 25.082

INTERRUPTIONS

The Superintendent shall ensure that interruptions of classes during the school day for non-academic activities such as announcements and sales promotions are limited.  Announcements shall be made no more than once during the school day, except for emergency announcements. Education Code 25.083

Adopted:          3/7/80
Amended:         11/11/83, 1/23/87, 1/26/90, 9/27/91, 1/26/96, 11/19/99, 5/28/03, 4/1/05, 4/05/13
Reviewed:

Adopted: 7/12/85
Amended: 10/25/85, 7/16/92, 9/24/93

GENERAL PROVISIONS

The Board permits the School to grant credit by examination in accord with the following: 

1. Eligibility requirements for students seeking credit by examination: The School may use screening procedures to determine which students may use credit by examination.

2. Courses for which credit may be earned by examination: The School may place restrictions on the total amount of credit awarded through credit by examination.

3. Procedures for examinations for credit: A student's ARD committee shall make such decisions within the IEP procedures enacted by the School.

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY

A student may earn credit by examination,as authorized by an ARD committee, when unusual and extenuating circumstances indicate that it is in the best interests of the student to do so. Such circumstances may include, but would not be limited to, a student not being enrolled for an entire grading period. (See EI)

Courses for which credit may be earned by examination shall include all courses taught at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Students in grades 7-12 (and grade 6, when included at the middle school) may be permitted to earn credit in courses approved by the Board. The minimum eligibility requirement is that the student has had prior formal instruction, as determined by the School on the basis of a review of the student's educational records.

PROCEDURES

The program principal shall arrange for an appropriate examination in conjunction with the subject matter teacher. Such examinations must determine whether or not the student has mastered the essential elements of the course for which credit will be given as specified in 19 TAC 75. The program principal shall ensure that the passing grade for the examination for credit is not lower than required for the same course for other students, and that examinations for credit are properly evaluated before credit is granted.

MASTERY OF ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

Examinations used to earn credit under this policy shall assess the student's mastery of the essential elements and shall be properly evaluated before credit is granted. The School may develop the examinations or may obtain them from another source. The examinations may be administered by an outside agency.

GRANT AND RECORD OF CREDIT

Students shall attain a grade of at least 70 or above in order to receive credit. The grant of credit is also subject to School and parental approval. Credit obtained by this method shall be recorded on the permanent record for grades 6-8 and on the academic achievement record for grades 9-12.

USE OF CREDIT

Credit by examination shall not be used to gain eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities.

NOTICE AND FEES

The School shall give reasonable notice of the availability of credit by examination in student handbooks and other documents made available to students and parents; the School may charge for these examinations at a rate not to exceed a limit set by the commissioner of education.

19 TAC 75.166

Adopted: 7/12/85
Amended: 10/25/85, 7/16/92, 9/24/93

With Board approval, the School shall develop or purchase examinations for acceleration that thoroughly test the essential knowledge and skills for each primary school grade level and for credit for secondary school academic subjects.

KINDERGARTEN- GRADE 5

The School shall develop procedures for kindergarten acceleration that are approved by the Board.

The School shall accelerate a student in grades 1-5 one grade level if the student meets the following requirements:

  1. The student scores 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced test for the grade level to be skipped in each of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;
  2. A School representative recommends that the student be accelerated; and
  3. The student's parent or guardian gives written approval of the acceleration.

GRADES 6-12

The School shall give a student in grades 6-12 credit for an academic subject in which the student has received no prior instruction if the student scores 90 percent or above on a criterion-referenced examination for acceleration for the applicable course. If such credit is given, the School shall enter the examination score on the student's transcript.

ANNUAL ADMINISTRATION

The School shall provide at least three days between January 1 and June 30 and three days between July 1 and December 31 annually when examinations for acceleration shall be administered in grades 1 through 12. The days need not be consecutive but shall be designed to meet the needs of all students.

The School may allow a student to accelerate at a time other than those described above by developing a cost-free option approved by the Board that allows students to demonstrate academic achievement or proficiency in a subject or grade level.

FEES

The School shall not charge for examinations for acceleration. If a parent requests an alternative examination, the School may administer and recognize results of a test purchased by the parent or student from Texas Tech University or the University of Texas at Austin. Education Code 28.023; 19 TAC 74.24

Adopted: 4/1/05

Instructional materials selected for use in the public schools shall be furnished without cost to students attending those schools. Except as provided by Education Code 31.104(d), the School may not charge a student for instructional material or technological equipment purchased by the School with the School’s instructional materials allotment.
[see CMD].

Education Code 31.001

PARENTAL ACCESS

A parent is entitled to review all teaching materials, instructional materials, and other teaching aids used in the classroom of the parent's child and to review each test administered to the child after the test is administered. The School shall make teaching materials and tests readily available for parental review. Each principal will specify reasonable hours for such review.

A student's parent is entitled to request that the School allow the student to take to the student's School residence or the student's home, if the student goes home during the school year, any instructional materials used by the student. Subject to the availability of the instructional materials, the School shall honor the request. A student who takes home instructional materials must return the instructional materials to school at the beginning of the next school day if requested to do so by the student's teacher.

Education Code 26.006

INFORMATION COLLECTION AND ACCESS

U.S. DOE Funded Surveys

Consent Required

No student shall be required, as part of any program funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning the topics listed at PROTECTED INFORMATION, below, without the prior consent of the student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor), or in the case of an unemancipated minor, without the prior written consent of the parent. 20 U.S.C. 1232h(b)

PARENTAL INSPECTION

All instructional materials, including teacher's manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary material, that will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any program funded in whole, or in part, by the U.S. Department of Education shall be available for inspection by the parents, or guardians, of the children.

20 U.S.C. 1232h(a)

Information Collection Funded by Other Sources

Policies

Except as provided by U.S.C. 1232(a) or (b), [see U.S. DOE FUNDED SURVEYS above], as a condition of receiving funds for a program funding in whole or in part by the U.S. DOE, the School shall develop and adopt policies in consultation with parents, pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1232h(c)(1), regarding the following:

  1. The parent's right to inspect a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by the School to the student and any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to such survey within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.
  2. The School's arrangements to protect student privacy in the event a survey containing one or more of the items listed under PROTECTED INFORMATION, below, is administered or distributed to a student.
  3. The parent's right to inspect any instructional material used in the educational curriculum for the student and any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to instructional material within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.
  4. The administration of physical examinations or screenings that the School may administer to the student;
  5. The collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information. This provision does not apply to use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for or to students or educational institutions, such as recruiters, book clubs, curriculum and instructional materials used by schools, sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities, or student recognition programs.
  6. The parent's right to inspect any instrument used in collection of personal information in item 5 above, before the instrument is administered and any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to such instrument within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.

A district need not develop and adopt new policies if TEA or the district had in place, on January 8, 2002, policies covering the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 1232h(c)(1). [See CRD, FFAA, FL, and FNG]

PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

The School shall provide for reasonable notice of the adoption or continued use of TSBVI Board Policies FL, FNG, FFAA, CRD directly to the parents of the students enrolled in the School. At a minimum, the School shall:

  1. Provide notice at least annually, at the beginning of the school year and within a reasonable time after any substantive change in the policies, and
  2. Offer an opportunity for the parent to opt the student out of participation in an activity described below.

The School shall directly notify the parent of a student, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when activities, described below, are scheduled or expected to be scheduled. The following activities require notification under this section:

  1. Activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information.
  2. The administration of any survey containing one or more items described at PROTECTED INFORMATION, above.
  3. Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance, administered and scheduled by the school in advance, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student or of other students.

Protected Information

Protected information addressed by 20 U.S.C. 1232h includes:

  1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student's parents.
  2. Mental and psychological problems of the student or the student's family.
  3. Sex behavior and attitudes.
  4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior.
  5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships.
  6. Legally recognized privileged, or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
  7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student's parent.
  8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program, or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

20 U.S.C. 1232h(b), (c)(1)(B)

'PERSONAL INFORMATION' DEFINED

The term "personal information" means individually identifiable information, including a student's:

  1. First and last name;
  2. Home or physical address, including street name and city or town;
  3. Telephone number; or
  4. Social Security identification number.

20 U.S.C. 1232h(c)(6)(E)

Adopted: 9/29/95

Amended: 11/19/99, 5/28/03, 11/16/07, 11/9/12

Reviewed: