Adoption of New Teacher and Principal Standards
On June 30th,
the new teacher standards took effect, marking the culmination of over a year’s
effort on the part of educators throughout Texas to craft new standards for
both teachers and principals. The
principal standards went into effect on June 11th. Both sets of standards are housed in Texas
Administrative Code, Chapter 149.
Starting in the spring of 2012, Texas
Education Agency (TEA) staff worked with a principal advisory committee to
build principal standards. This
committee began by determining best practices for principals to be effective
leaders and improve student performance, primarily by reframing the central
role of the principal as the instructional leader of a campus. This work concluded in the fall of 2013 with
a comprehensive set of principal standards that capture the aspirational
practices all principals can strive toward regardless of their level of
experience or the context of their position.
the fall of 2013, TEA worked with a teacher steering committee comprised of
classroom teachers from a variety of subjects and grade levels, campus
principals, members from the higher education community, evaluation trainers from
state regional service centers, and teacher association members. This committee revised and updated the state
teaching standards to reflect best practices for today’s classrooms that have a
research base in improving student achievement.
Like the principal standards, the teacher standards provide goals for
which all teachers can strive regardless of where they are in their career –
both master teachers and beginning teachers will find practices captured in the
standards toward which they can aspire.
Both the teacher and principal standards in rule are not intended to
be indicators to be used for appraisal.
The standards are designed to provide professional and instructional
practice goals for all educators. The
standards are also designed to align educator preparation, evaluation, mentorship,
professional development, and career pathways to a single, foundational base.
Please contact Tim Regal at firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions you may have about these new standards.
Interim Associate Commissioner
Educator Leadership and Quality