IBCs and Programs of Study

IBC Programs of Study

In an effort to align Individual Graduation Committees (IBCs) and Programs of Study, while also phasing out sunsetting IBCs, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has explored multiple options for phase-in of updates to the IBC indicator for College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR). Read more about IBCs and Programs of Study changes.

Stakeholder Feedback Calls for Balance

Feedback from stakeholders has emphasized the need for a balance between rigor and fairness. Specifically, it is essential to ensure that Texas remains a leader in postsecondary success, while also allowing districts sufficient time to adjust to changes in the system. To this end, TEA has decided to limit the percentage of graduates who only meet College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) criteria via a sunsetting IBC to no more than five students, or 20 percent of graduates, beginning with the 2023 ratings and through 2024.

This limit applies only within the Student Achievement and School Progress, Part B: Relative Performance, and would not apply within Closing the Gaps. 

Additionally,  stakeholder feedback has stressed the importance of alignment between Programs of Study and their corresponding IBCs. 

Program of Study Transition

TEA has proposed pushing back the transition to the Program of Study requirements an additional year. This would mean that the requirement to earn an IBC plus an aligned Level 2+ course would apply to the Class of 2024. The concentrator requirement would apply to the Class of 2025. And, the completer requirement would apply to the Class of 2026. Based on data analysis and statutory requirements, the transition plan maintains the complete requirement when fully implemented. 

In conclusion, TEA is committed to ensuring a smooth transition to these new IBCs and Program of Study requirements. They will continue to gather and consider feedback from stakeholders throughout the process.

Read more about the changes to the A-F system on the ESC Region 13 blog.

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Xochitl Martinez
Xochitl Martinez

Xochitl Martinez is the College and Career Readiness Project Coordinator at the Education Service Center Region 13.

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