Texas Educator Equity

Title II, Part A Funding - Preparing, training, and recruiting high-quality teachers, principals, or other school leaders

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the purpose of Title II, A funds is to provide grants to State educational agencies and subgrants to local educational agencies to (1) increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards (2) improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders; (3) increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and (4) provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

Guidance on recommended uses of Title, II A ESSA funding

Title II, Part A Compliance Requirements

Texas Equity Plans

ESSA requires all districts that receive Title I funds to create and submit plans describing how the district will improve gaps as they relate to low-income students and students of color being taught at higher rates than other students by inexperienced, out-of-field, and ineffective teachers.

The 2017-2018 school year was the first-year LEA Equity Plans were required under ESSA.  To support districts in the Equity Plan process, TEA developed the Texas Equity Toolkit. The Equity Toolkit is designed to help local education agencies (LEAs) work through a process that leads to the identification of effective strategies that can help shrink equity gaps and improve student learning for all.

LEAs that receive Title I funds are required to submit Equity Plans annually in November.

Please continue to monitor the Texas Equity Toolkit for all information related to the Texas Equity Plans including submission timelines and updates.

Equity Data Survey – PR1500 Form

LEAs that receive Title I funds are also required to submit the Texas Equity Data Survey on eGrants listing teaching credentials for all teachers and paraprofessionals annually in November. 

Please note that unlike the previous HQ Form, the PR1500 will only be submitted once in the fall based on a snapshot date.

Please continue to monitor this page for all information related to the PR1500.

For self-reported results of the 2017 Equity Data Survey, please visit

Highly Qualified Teachers

Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, schools and teachers will only need to meet state requirements for certification.  The federal term of “highly qualified teacher status” will no longer apply.  It is important to note that all state certification requirements adopted in State Board for Educator Certification rule remain in place. Paraprofessionals must still meet the highly-qualified requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for the 2016-17 school year.  Please see this link for further details on paraprofessionals HQ requirements.

NCLB Title II, A – Teacher Training and Recruiting (Archived)

For additional information, contact:

Division of Educator Support
EducatorEquity@tea.texas.gov