From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2013
Contact: Janice McCoy
(512) 463-0124

Fraser & Van de Putte File Legislation to Track Military Students

Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) and Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) filed legislation on Thursday to require the Texas Education Agency to collect data related to military-connected students. The bill would specifically track military students to be counted and recorded in the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMs).

"Creating a military student identifier will provide lawmakers and educators with the essential data needed to make reality-based informed decisions," Fraser stated. "Knowing how to help the children of active duty military personnel is just one way that we can show our state's commitment to the military."

Senate Bill 308 would allow educational institutions to monitor critical elements of education success for military-connected children including academic progress and proficiency, special and advanced program participation, and mobility and dropout rates.

"Being able to identify patterns over time and across the state is vital as we work to better educate the children of those who serve," said Van de Putte. "What is learned from quality data about military-connected students will help all children who experience frequent school moves or other disruptions to academic continuity."

The intent of the legislation is to collect data to provide key performance indicators for local districts to discover best practices for students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

The Senators will be working on passage of this legislation with Representative Jimmy Don Aycock (R-Killeen). Rep. Aycock filed House Bill 525 earlier in January.