DMAC and HB4545

Can DMAC help my school meet the
requirements of HB4545?

Absolutely! DMAC is an ideal data system to analyze scores, create local assessments and document student progress. Moreover, we offer web-based software that is designed exclusively for Texas educators–which means we can tailor the software specifically for new statutes such as this. 

Currently, schools can generate reports in State Assessment to identify a list of students who are in need of accelerated instruction based on their STAAR scores. The Data Export application will also help identify students who were absent or did not take a test in the spring of 2021. Once your groups are identified, Student Portfolio, FormWorks and TEKScore can be used to document and assess growth over time.

We’ve highlighted a few tips in this article to get started; however, you can always give the DMAC Help Desk a call at 1.866.988.6777 or email us at support@dmac-solutions.net with any questions. As more information is released by TEA, we will continue to modify our applications to better support the documentation process. We welcome any and all feedback or suggestions that you may have. You can submit those here > DMAC Feedback.

What is HB4545?

House Bill 4545 is a Texas statute that went into effect immediately, starting on June 16, 2021. It requires schools to participate in accelerated instruction practices during the 2021-2022 school year, and beyond, for students who did not pass their STAAR tests in grades 3-8 or EOC assessments. 

Schools are required to use the 2021 STAAR results unless a student did not participate in the assessment–which, in that case, those students would be required to receive accelerated instruction until they can score high enough on a local assessment aligned to the appropriate standards at their grade level.

Students who have performed satisfactorily on the STAAR achieved Approaches Grade Level, Meets Grade Level, or Masters Grade Level. Students who did not perform satisfactorily on STAAR achieved Did Not Meet Grade Level or did not test.

What does HB4545 include?

This statute applies to the 2021-2022 school year as well as subsequent school years going forward.

Students who need accelerated instruction should receive ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION through one of the following methods:

  1. Via a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher; or,
  2. Via supplemental instruction (i.e., tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day

This must be done for a total of no less than 30 hours (or for 30 hours each for math and reading) over the summer or subsequent school year.

What is changing?

HB4545 eliminates grade retention and retesting requirements in grades 5 and 8; however, schools are granted the flexibility to retain students (if deemed appropriate locally). Moreover, though the ALCs replace the Grade Placement committees, it does not have an impact on the Personal Graduation Plan.

Accelerated Learning Committees

Schools are required to establish accelerated learning committees (ALCs) for students who did not pass a STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 math or reading. Starting summer 2022, schools must establish ALCs and develop individual student plans during the summer and prior to the start of the school year, based on the latest STAAR results.

ALCs must be comprised of:

  • The principal or the principal’s designee
  • The student’s parent or guardian, and
  • The teacher of the subject of an assessment on which the student failed to pass.

What can you do in DMAC?

Step 1: Evaluate Spring 2021 STAAR Scores

From State Assessment > Demographic Reports, generate reports by curriculum or grade level to get a listing of students who did not perform satisfactorily on STAAR, achieving the designation of Did Not Meet Approaches.

Step 2: Identify additional students in need of
accelerated instruction

From Data Export, generate a list of students who had a score code of A or O.

Step 3: Develop Accelerated Instruction Plans

Utilize the FormWorks application to create customized accelerated instruction plans or notification letters to parents. If you link forms to Student Portfolio, data can be linked to individual students and tracked over time.

Step 4: Utilize other applications in DMAC to generate local assessments and track progress over time.

  • State Assessment: Identify students who need accelerated instruction based on their STAAR scores
  • TEKScore: Deliver targeted Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-aligned instruction for the applicable grade level and subject areas.
  • FormWorks: Custom online forms to collect ongoing data collected by ALCs – Create forms to set up an  Individualized Education Plan (or Program) aka IEP and link it to Student Portfolio.
  • Student Portfolio: Easily document and track student progress with all individual data in one convenient location

*Coming SOON! – Ability to track custom student groups in DMAC through Student Portfolio.