• House Bill 4545 Implementation Overview

    House Bill 4545 recently passed in the 87th Regular Legislative Session. The new statute is effective, as of June 16, 2021, with accelerated instruction practices required during the 2021-2022 school year for all students, based on results from Spring 2021. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will be providing support and guidance for local education agencies (LEAs) during the summer in a few venues:

    • This TAA provides highlights from the statute and some detail on how to interpret the implementation timeline and requirements.

    • Along with this TAA, the TEA is releasing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that will be continually updated and will provide more detailed guidance.

    • The TEA will be releasing a series of webinars over the summer to share more detailed guidance and provide an opportunity for Q&A.

    • The TEA will release best practices resources over the summer to support implementation, including accelerated learning committee, local board policy, high-impact tutoring resources, and parent engagement guidance and tools.

    HB 4545 establishes new requirements for accelerated instruction for students who do not pass the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR®). At a high level, the legislation includes:

    • Elimination of grade retention and retesting requirements in grades 5 and 8

    • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grade 3, 5, or 8 in math or reading, a new LEA requirement to establish an accelerated learning committee to develop an individual educational plan for the student and monitor progress

    • For any student who does not pass the STAAR test in grades 3–8 or STAAR (EOC) end-of-course assessments, clarification of prior accelerated instruction requirements, specifying that it must include either:

      • Being assigned a classroom teacher who is a certified master, exemplary, or recognized teacher or

      • Receiving supplemental instruction (tutoring) before or after school, or embedded in the school day


    House Bill 4545 Resources

    TEA Frequently Asked Questions 


    Dekaney Parent Townhall: HB4545 Update


    Dekaney Parent Tip Video: How to find STAAR scores


    Dekaney Bell Schedule (including acceleration blocks)