March 27, 2014
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Re: Division of Educator Leadership and Quality initiatives
This letter highlights several important initiatives relating to teacher quality and effectiveness that will be implemented through the Division of Educator Leadership and Quality. The initiatives identified below require action by school district personnel during the timeline indicated for each.
Professional Development Audit
Directed by House Bill 2012 (83rd Regular Session) the Professional Development Audit will inform agency action in seeking to eliminate conflicting and consolidate duplicative requirements by either taking administrative action, encouraging school districts to make appropriate changes to district policies, or by recommending statutory changes to the state legislature. The audit also will inform the agency in assessing the quality of professional development offerings accessible to the state’s educators. The TEA will begin the survey collection on Monday, March 31, 2014. All surveys must be submitted by Monday, April 14, 2014.
Principal Survey to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs
The Texas Education Agency will be distributing a survey that campus principals 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 has 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 Wednesday, April 2, 2014. All surveys must be submitted by Monday, June 16, 2014.
Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey
Directed by House Bill 2012 (83rd Regular Session) the Teaching and Learning Conditions Survey may inform school and district efforts to review and revise, as appropriate, district-level or campus-level improvement plans. The survey may also inform agency efforts to develop, review, and revise agency professional development offerings, agency initiatives aimed at teacher retention, and standards for principals and superintendents. The TEA will begin the survey collection on Monday, April 7, 2014. The survey will close on Monday, May 5, 2014.
If you have further questions regarding these initiatives or timelines, please feel free to contact the Division of Educator Leadership and Quality, at (512) 936-9831.
Educator Leadership and Quality