HB 3906

86(R) - 2019
House Public Education
Senate Education
House Public Education
Senate Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Dan Huberty
Ryan Guillen


Larry Taylor

Bill Caption

Relating to the administration of assessment instruments used to assess the performance of public school students.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 3906, Committee Report 2nd House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($99,814,195) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

HB 3906 would give schools flexibility in administering standardized assessment instruments, requiring that schools allow for 120 minutes per test for each test in 3rd grade through 5th grade and 180 minutes per test in 6th grade through 8th grade. This would allow schools to administer the STAAR test in in multiple shorter segments over more than one day, giving students more overall time to complete the assessment. 

Additionally, the bill would eliminate certain writing assessments in fourth and seventh grades, and require the transition to electronic assessments, among other things.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3906 because it does not impact our principles. With that said, we do have some reservation about the possibility that breaking STAAR testing up over several days may add more stress to students rather than less, and may crowd out important student learning time. It is not clear that this bill would represent an improvement over the status quo. 

We are concerned about eliminating writing assessments in fourth and seventh grades.

Organizations Supporting

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
League of Women Voters of Texas