SB 1896

84(R) - 2015
Senate Education
Senate Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Larry Taylor

Bill Caption

Relating to providing public school students tutorials through the state virtual school network for end-of-course assessment instruments required for graduation.

Fiscal Notes

State Impact

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB1896, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($1,875,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.

Local Government

No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1896 would require the Texas Education Agency to establish interactive electronic tutorials that provide a comprehensive review for each end-of-course exam mandated by state law, to be provided through the state virtual network for education. It would be free of charge to Texas public school students and be available by the 2015-2016 school year.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While helping to ensure that students have the tools to pass end-of-course exams and do not have to use additional money and time to retake exams is important, there is a negative fiscal cost to providing these tutorials. Additionally, it would be better to provide a higher quality of education overall so students do not need to resort to using tutorials to prepare for these exams. Because of these considerations, we are neutral on SB 1896.