|(a) In accordance with the Texas Education Code (TEC), §39.028,
the commissioner of education shall develop a schedule to obtain nationally
comparative results for the grades and subject areas for which academic
content area assessments are adopted under the TEC, §39.023.
(b) The Texas Education Agency will use sampling and
other techniques to minimize the disruption to schools and loss of
instructional time required of school districts to obtain nationally
(c) The nationally comparative data will be collected
by using nationally recognized instruments for obtaining valid and
reliable normative data from a sample of Texas students.