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January 29, 2001


Subject:          Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 76.1001, Subchapter AA, Extracurricular Activities.  Update #1 for the 2000-2001 School Year

House Bill 3573, passed by the 76th Texas Legislature, transferred the authority to adopt rules for extracurricular activities from the State Board of Education (SBOE) to the Commissioner of Education.  The statute also authorized the Commissioner of Education to approve or disapprove University Interscholastic League (UIL) rules and procedures.  Texas Administrative Code, 19 TAC §76.1001, Subchapter AA became effective April 9, 2000 and replaced the previous SBOE rules 19 TAC §76.1.  Attached is a “side-by-side” chart containing the new rule and explanations of each part of the rule.  Changes from the prior SBOE rules are boldfaced in the chart and bulleted below.

  • 19 TAC §76.1001 (c) states that local school boards are authorized to adopt policies that establish the number of times that students might miss class for extracurricular participation, which is a change from the previous SBOE “10-Day” rule. Districts are still required to maintain a record of student absences for extracurricular activities.
  • 19 TAC §76.1001, Subchapter AA (e) (5) allows extracurricular practices classes to be longer in duration than the previously allowed 60 minutes per school day so long as the total amount of extracurricular practice time does not exceed 300 minutes during the school week (the same amount that the previous SBOE rule allowed), and so long as the provisions of 19 TAC §76.1001 (e) (4) are followed. 
  • 19 TAC §76.1001 (d) (4) discourages, but does not prohibit, districts from scheduling extracurricular activities the day or evening before a statewide administration of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS). The previous State Board of Education rule, 19 TAC §76.1(g)(4) stated that “(a) school may not schedule an extracurricular activity or a public performance to occur on the day immediately preceding or evening preceding the day on which the administration of the . . . TAAS is scheduled for grades 3 through 8 and 10.” 

Under the previous SBOE rule (19 TAC §76.1[g][4]), districts were allowed to modify their TAAS testing schedule in instances where extracurricular activities were scheduled during the week of the statewide administration of the TAAS beyond the control of the local district, such as UIL basketball playoffs.  Districts needing to modify the published TAAS testing schedule were required to submit a report describing the modification of the testing schedule or exception to the rule.  Under the Commissioner’s new rule, districts are no longer required to submit a report to the Texas Education Agency for the modification of their testing schedule.  However, if districts desire to modify their testing schedule, they are now required to contact the Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division at 512/463-9536 for prior approval. TAAS District Coordinators must also contact the Student Assessment Division if requesting alternate testing dates or on-site testing.

For information regarding extracurricular activities and 19 TAC §76.1001, districts may contact Dr. Ron Bradford in the Division of Field Services at 512/463-9354.

This update is being mailed to all superintendents and copied to TAAS coordinators; however, it is extremely important that you provide campus level administrators and other staff members responsible for supervision and sponsorship of extracurricular activities with a copy as well.

Virgil (Ed) Flathouse
Associate Commissioner
for School Finance and Support Systems 

A MS Word Version of this letter and attachment is available for download.  

For further information on this topic, contact Dr. Ron Bradford in the Division of Field Services at (512)463-9354.


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