The Division of Educator Initiatives works to recruit, retain and reward excellence in
education in Texas.
Click on any of the programs listed for more
LEA Teacher Evaluation Tools
Local education agency (LEA) teacher evaluation tools provide districts with guidance on teacher evaluation.
Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards are administered
by the Milken Family Foundation with the assistance of TEA.
Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS)
The link below is administered by the Region XIII Education Service
Center, and provides information on both the Professional Development
and Appraisal System (PDAS) and the newer Texas Teacher Evaluation and
Support System (T-TESS).
Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers
Federal teacher loan forgiveness is offered to teachers who meet certain program requirements. The link above provides details.
Highly Qualified Teachers
All teachers working in Texas schools must meet federal Highly Qualified requirements. Details are outlined in the link above.
Highly Qualified Teacher Public Reports
Twice per year, TEA releases reports on the Highly Qualified Status of Texas schools. Those reports are available above.
Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
Similarly, paraprofessionals working in education must also meet certain
Highly Qualified requirements. Details are available above.
Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS)
The Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) is a new
teacher evaluation system for Texas educators. Details are available above.