Driftwood, TX — Today, Representative Erin Zwiener (Driftwood) laid out House Bill 2344 and
House Bill 2350 in the House Public Education Committee and House Natural Resources
“Portfolio-based writing assessments can provide a better and more thorough assessment of
students’ progress in writing without the negative impacts of standardized writing testing,” said
Rep. Zwiener. “Standardized writing tests increase student hesitancy to write, can often derail a
student’s progress, and don’t provide a reliable assessment of a student’s skills. It’s time to use a
“Nature-based infrastructure is a powerful tool for mitigating flooding and also provides additional
benefits such as aquifer recharge, outdoor space, and reducing heat islands,” said Rep. Zwiener.
“HB 2350 will let municipalities use a bottom-up approach to develop locally directed projects to fit
their community’s needs.”
HB 2344 Writing Portfolio: This legislation would allow school districts to implement a writing
portfolio to fulfill the writing component of required state reading assessments. Standardized
writing assessments grade students based on a formula, and teaching this formula to students often
leads them to become less creative and more uncertain in their writing abilities. Writing portfolios
grade students on their body of work and provide a more thorough reflection of their skills.
HB 2350: Nature-Based Infrastructure. This legislation would incentivize nature-based
infrastructure projects through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Communities seeking loans
for wastewater system upgrades can access extra funds for projects such as rain gardens, wetlands,
and other projects that create permeable surfaces, allowing rainwater to percolate into aquifers
rather than running off surfaces. The nature-based infrastructure project would be funded through a
decrease in the interest rate on the overall project. Although nature-based infrastructure can help
reduce the impact of flooding and increase groundwater supply, it has not been widely adopted
throughout the state.
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