As part of TEA’s strategic planning process, we have attempted to identify how we can modify our operations to more effectively support and empower districts and campuses across Texas. One goal of the TEA strategic plan is to reduce the number of low performing campuses by half. Accomplishing such an ambitious goal requires new initiatives. To catalyze this work, TEA has created the Division of System Support and Innovation (DSSI). DSSI will work to transform low-performing schools, create new options for students in low-performing schools, and assist districts in designing and implementing system-level reforms.
DSSI will lead two key initiatives:
A System of Great Schools
This spring, TEA will launch the System of Great Schools (SGS) Technical Assistance Network. This is an optional technical support program designed with a cohort model allowing interested districts to apply and participate.
Districts that join the network will be provided with intensive system-level supports intended to:
1. Support educators to design and lead high-quality schools;
2. Empower families with high-quality options and informed choices;
3. Focus central office on high-leverage oversight, innovation, and support.
Districts that pursue the SGS strategy will design and implement a continuous improvement process that annually evaluates school quality, parent demand, and neighborhood needs and then strategically responds to that information by taking bold action to improve schools and provide parents with the types of schools they desire.
Click here for a detailed program description
Click here for Kick-off Summit information
The Texas Education Agency is committed to relentlessly focusing on the students in low-performing schools.
To this end, the School Redesign Fund (SRF) aims to increase the number of students in highly rated campuses by supporting districts committed to transforming low-performing schools and creating better options for students.
SRF provides competitive grant opportunities and technical assistance with the intent to empower and support districts with comprehensive and bold school redesign plans.
The goal, as always, is to provide educational environments that maximize student outcomes.
School Redesign Fund (SRF) - Competitive Grants
2017-2019 School Redesign Grant, Pilot Cycle
School Redesign Resources