HB 2694

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Mike Villarreal

Bill Caption

Relating to establishing a state-level credit by examination program for public secondary education.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. School districts would be required to select, if available, at least four SBOE-approved examinations for each subject area and offer each examination multiple times in the same school year. State Board of Education rule does not permit a district to charge a fee for credit by exam. Consequently, there will likely be additional administrative costs to districts to administer more exams at more frequent intervals. School districts would be required to offer credit by examination within 30 days of a written request of a student or a student's parent or guardian if the examination was offered electronically and at least three times per year if the examination was not offered electronically.

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 2694 would require public schools to offer their grade schools and secondary school students four exams per subject area that the State Board of Education (SBOE) approves as either advanced placement exams (AP) through the College Board and Educational Testing Service (CBETS) and exams through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). If a student successfully passes the exam then the exam replaces the need to take the course for credit requirements and the student does not have to take the end of course (EOC) exam.

Analysis: This legislation neither uplifts nor offends our liberty principles. We remain neutral on HB 2694.