Texas High Performance Schools Consortium
Dear Klein Community,
The Klein ISD is charting a brand new course for public education. In September, the district was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) along with 22 other school districts to participate in the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium (THPSC), which will develop innovative learning standards, assessments and accountability systems in four key areas. These include: 1) engagement of students in digital learning, 2) use of multiple systems to assess student learning, 3) focused learning standards, and 4) reliance on local control.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams said, “The school districts selected to participate in the consortium are already known for their innovative work and are looked to by many as educational leaders. This exciting project will help the Governor, legislative leaders and the Texas Education Agency craft a sound, well-thought out plan to move all Texas schools to the next performance level.”
The Klein ISD application included a focus on digital and online learning, educating children as a whole, a change from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to STEAM to include the arts, and giving the students and school districts options for credits and course pathways. In addition, the consortium is studying the inclusion of project based learning so students are highly engaged in their academic studies.
Through a series of meetings the THPSC districts crafted and have now submitted a bill (HB 2824) to this legislative session. Should this bill pass this session, the green light to start the pilot program would begin. The Klein ISD schools that will be initially involved in the pilot are Benignus Elementary, Krimmel Intermediate and Klein Oak High School. These schools were chosen because they are in a pure feeder pattern and have implemented strong digital learning programs.
We expect this pilot program will produce significant results over the next three to five years. I anticipate the community will enjoy watching the progress as these campuses conduct matters somewhat differently and in a manner that more closely replicates the desires of the community.
Updates will be forthcoming once recommendations are finalized from the THPSC to the TEA and the State legislature. We would like our community to support this project and let our legislators know that in the Klein ISD, we want the opportunity to provide additional innovative educational opportunities allowing all our students to be future ready for college and their careers.