Texas Skill Standards Board:
An Inventory of Skill Standards Board Briefing Materials at the Texas State Archives, 1996-2013
During the 74th Texas Legislative Regular Session (1995), the Texas Workforce Commission was created (House Bill 1863) as part of a comprehensive reform of the state's job training, employment and employment-related education programs. The Texas Skill Standards Board, a new program under the larger Texas Workforce Commission umbrella, was established in 1995 as part of this employment reform. The Texas Skill Standards Board is an advisory board to the governor and the legislature charged with developing a statewide system of skill standards and credentials for all major skilled, sub-baccalaureate occupations that provide strong employment and earnings opportunities. The board aims to strengthen Texas' industry to be competitive in the global economy. To achieve this goal, the board validates and recognizes nationally established skill standards in order to guide curriculum development, training, assessment, and certification of workforce skills; meets with industry groups to develop skill standards and certification standards for industries and occupations that do not have these standards in place; reviews standards developed by other states and foreign countries for possible application in Texas; and promotes the use of standards and credentials among employers.
The Skill Standards Board is comprised of 11 volunteer members appointed by the governor. Seven members represent the business industry, of which two must be from business entities that employ fewer than 50 employees; two members represent the labor industry; one member represents secondary education; and one member represents post-secondary education. The board serves as the liaison between industry groups and community as well as technical colleges. The director and deputy director of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, previously the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness, supplies administrative support for the board.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th ed. (2001); the Texas Skill Standards Board agency website (http://tssb.org); and Texas Government Code, Chapter 2308, Section 104, both accessed August 5, 2014.)
The Texas Skill Standards Board is an advisory board to the governor and the legislature charged with developing a statewide system of skill standards and credentials for sub-baccalaureate occupations. Records document the board's efforts to validate, recognize, develop, and promote skill standards for sub-baccalaureate occupations. Briefing materials from board meetings include agenda, minutes, correspondence, memorandums, reports, program reorganization forms, guidebooks, work plans and project summaries. Minutes are approved at the following meeting, so these type of records document the business of the previous meeting. Briefing materials date from 1996 to 2013. The board meets at the call of its chair. Typically this is twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall); however, there has been variance in this schedule. Topics discussed include industries needing skill standards, recommendations for skill development, and challenges facing industry and education fields in implementing skill standards.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
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(Identify the item), Texas Skill Standards Board briefing materials. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 1999/161, 2005/020, 2007/148, 2009/043, 2011/104, 2011/439, 2012/032, 2013/155, 2014/034, 2014/154
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Skill Standards Board on May 27, 1999; October 17, 2008; July 15, and November 14, 2011; and July 3 and October 16, 2013; by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on September 20, 2004; March 22, 2007; and September 14, 2010; and via the Texas Documents Collection of the Archives and Information Services Division on August 25, 2014.
Processed by Anna M. Reznik, September 2014
The Texas Skill Standards Board transfers briefing materials to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.
The Skill Standards Board maintains current and archived standards on its website (http://tssb.org).
Detailed Description of the Records