TX House Bill 1416 (Previously HB 4545)
On June 9, 2023, Governor Abbott signed into law Texas House Bill 1416 (previously House Bill 4545) which states that students who do not achieve "approaches” or higher on the STAAR must be provided with accelerated instruction.
This new House Bill makes several key changes. It removes the need for Accelerated Learning Committees and requires Accelerated Education Plans after a student fails twice in the same subject area. In addition, it reduces the minimum hour requirement from 30 to 15 for some students, increases the student-to-tutor ratio from 3:1 to 4:1, and provides student-to-teacher ratio waivers for the use of approved online curriculum. The bill also clarifies parental involvement in modifying or removing supplemental instruction and requires the Texas Education Agency to monitor the implementation of accelerated instruction.
Aligned with Progress Learning and Liftoff, HB 1416 is designed to identify students who are behind grade level in specific subjects and give them the focused instruction and support to meet or surpass grade-level standards in a relatively short period of time.