By: Ratliff H.B. No. 2836
  relating to state assessment instruments administered in grades
  three through eight in public schools.
         SECTION 1.  Section 39.023(a), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The agency shall adopt or develop appropriate
  criterion-referenced assessment instruments, that are established
  empirically to be valid and reliable by an entity that is
  independent of the test developer and the agency, and designed to
  assess essential knowledge and skills in reading, writing,
  mathematics, social studies, and science. Except as provided by
  Subsection (a-2), all students, other than students assessed under
  Subsection (b) or (l) or exempted under Section 39.027, shall be
  assessed in:
               (1)  mathematics, annually in grades three through
  seven without the aid of technology and in grade eight with the aid
  of technology on any assessment instrument that includes algebra;
               (2)  reading, annually in grades three through eight;
               [(3)]  [writing, including spelling and grammar, in
  grades four and seven;
               [(4)  social studies, in grade eight;
               (3) [(5)]  science, in grades five and eight; and
               (4) [(6)]  any other subject and grade required by
  federal law.
         (a-1)  Criterion-referenced assessment instruments shall be
  designed to measure only readiness standards as identified by the
  agency for the purposes of determining passing rates for use in the
  school accountability ratings. The agency may also include
  supporting standards in the assessment for diagnostic and reporting
  purposes only and may not use the results of items related to
  supporting standards for accountability rating purposes.
               (1)  In (a-1) "readiness standards" shall mean only
  those standards that are essential for success in the current grade
  or course
               (2)  In (a-2) "supporting standards" shall mean
  standards that are referenced or introduced in the current grade or
  course and are readiness standards in another grade or course
         SECTION 2.  Section 39.023(r), Education Code, is added to
  read as follows:
         (r)  Assessment instruments shall be designed and
  administered as follows:
               (1)  For grades 3 through 5 the assessment shall be
  designed such that 85% of students complete the assessment within
  120 minutes.
               (2)  For grades 6 through 8 the assessment shall be
  designed such that 85% of students complete the assessment within
  180 minutes
               (3)  The maximum time allowed for the test shall be 8
  hours and it shall be administered in one calendar day.
         SECTION 3.  This Act applies beginning with the 2013-2014
  school year.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.