Principal Surveys to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs (March 25, 2013)

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DATE: March 25, 2013

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:  Principal Surveys to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs

The purpose of this letter is to provide notice that the Texas Education Agency will be distributing a survey that campus principals with first-year teachers only will be required to complete. The survey will collect data regarding the performance of beginning teachers and the effectiveness of educator preparation programs in preparing beginning teachers to succeed in the classroom.   

Texas Education Code (TEC) §21.045 and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation Programs, require new accountability standards for Texas educator preparation programs. Current State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) rules require each principal who oversees first-year teachers on his or her campus to complete a brief survey.

Prior to the distribution of the survey, superintendents, principals, human resource directors or staff responsible for personnel will receive additional information and training about how to complete and submit the surveys. 

The TEA will begin the survey collection on  Thursday, May 2, 2013. All surveys must be submitted by Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Thank you for assisting us in meeting these requirements and preparing future teachers in Texas.

Respectfully,

Viviana L. Lopez
Director, Educator Certification, Standards and Fingerprinting
Texas Education Agency
principalsurvey@tea.texas.gov