AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has named Comal ISD Superintendent Andrew Kim as chair of a new commission charged with recommending a new system for student assessment and public schools accountability, according to the San Marcos Mercury.

House Bill 2804, passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015, requires creation of the Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability. The commission is required to submit its recommendations to the Texas Education Agency by Sept. 1, 2016. The commission is currently holding meetings across the state to gather input from stakeholders as it prepares its recommendations.

Kim replaces Mike Morath as chairman of the commission. Abbott named Morath the new Texas Education Commissioner in December after previously tapping the Dallas ISD board member to lead the new commission.

Prior to leading the Comal school district, Kim previously served as the Manor ISD superintendent; the Austin ISD assistant superintendent for educational support services; the Round Rock ISD professional development director. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher and middle school principal in Dallas.