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TITLE 19EDUCATION
PART 2TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
CHAPTER 74CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
SUBCHAPTER COTHER PROVISIONS
RULE §74.27Innovative Courses and Programs

(a) A school district may offer innovative courses to enable students to master knowledge, skills, and competencies not included in the essential knowledge and skills of the required curriculum.

  (1) The State Board of Education (SBOE) may approve any course that does not fall within any of the subject areas listed in the foundation and enrichment curricula when the applying school district or organization demonstrates that the proposed course is academically rigorous and addresses documented student needs.

  (2) The commissioner of education may approve a discipline-based course in the foundation or enrichment curriculum when the applying school district or organization demonstrates that the proposed course is academically challenging and addresses documented student needs.

  (3) Applications shall not be approved if the proposed course significantly duplicates the content of a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-based course or can reasonably be taught within an existing TEKS-based course.

  (4) To request approval from the SBOE or the commissioner, the applying school district or organization must submit a request for approval at least six months before planned implementation that includes:

    (A) a description of the course and its essential knowledge and skills;

    (B) the rationale and justification for the request in terms of student need;

    (C) data that demonstrates successful implementation or piloting of the course;

    (D) a description of activities, major resources, and materials to be used;

    (E) the methods of evaluating student outcomes;

    (F) the qualifications of the teacher;

    (G) any training required in order to teach the course and any associated costs; and

    (H) the amount of credit requested.

  (5) To request approval from the commissioner for a career and technical education innovative course, the applying school district or organization must submit with its request for approval evidence that the course is aligned with state and/or regional labor market data.

  (6) With the approval of the local board of trustees, a school district may offer, without modifications, any state-approved innovative course.

(b) An ethnic studies course that has been approved by the commissioner as an innovative course shall be presented to the SBOE for discussion and consideration for inclusion in the TEKS.

  (1) Only comprehensive ethnic studies courses in Native American studies, Latino studies, African American studies, and/or Asian Pacific Islander studies, inclusive of history, government, economics, civic engagement, culture, and science and technology, shall be presented to the SBOE for consideration.

  (2) The chair of the Committee on Instruction, in accordance with SBOE Operating Rule 2.5(b) shall collaborate with the board chair to place the item on the next available Committee on Instruction agenda following commissioner approval of the innovative course.


Source Note: The provisions of this §74.27 adopted to be effective September 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 4311; amended to be effective September 1, 1998, 23 TexReg 5675; amended to be effective September 1, 2001, 25 TexReg 7691; amended to be effective December 25, 2007, 32 TexReg 9623; amended to be effective December 25, 2019, 44 TexReg 7980

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