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RP53 – Relating to the creation of college readiness standards and programs for Texas public school students.

Friday, December 16, 2005  •  Executive Order

Executive Department
Austin, Texas
December 16, 2005

WHEREAS, preparation for college and other post secondary opportunities is essential for Texas students and the Texas economy; and
WHEREAS, the long-term economic and social benefits of a well-educated population will benefit the state of Texas; and
WHEREAS, the number of Texas students enrolling in institutions of higher education and completing degree programs must increase for Texas to be prosperous in the future; and
WHEREAS, many Texas high school graduates enrolled in institutions of higher education require remediation programs to prepare them for college-level course work; and
WHEREAS, Texas students need a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to be successful in a competitive world economy; and
WHEREAS, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Higher Education have the authority to implement innovative programs to ensure students have the skills necessary to succeed in college;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby order the following:
Cooperation.The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board shall work together to enhance college-readiness standards and programs for Texas public schools.
Information and Opportunities.In establishing such standards and programs, each agency shall work to ensure that all Texas students are afforded information and opportunities for post-secondary education and training including the following:

  • The creation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Academies throughout the State of Texas, to improve student college readiness.

  • The creation of a system of college readiness indicators, including the reporting of higher education remediation rates on public high school report cards.

  • The creation of an electronic academic records system to facilitate the transfer of high school transcripts between school districts and between school districts and institutions of higher education.

  • The development of a series of voluntary end-of-course assessments in Science, Mathematics, and other subjects, currently assessed by the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, to measure student performance; and provide for a potential alternative to the 11th grade Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

  • The creation of a pilot financial assistance program for economically disadvantaged students taking college entrance exams, such as the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT).

  • The creation of summer residential programs at Texas institutions of higher education for gifted and talented high school students to provide enhanced learning opportunities.

This executive order supersedes all previous orders in conflict or inconsistent with its terms and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding Governor.
Given under my hand this the 16th day of December, 2005.
RICK PERRY(Signature)
Governor of Texas
Attested by:
Secretary of State

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