Federal Title I, Part A Sec. 1112(b)(2) under ESSA requires all local educational agencies that receive Title I funds to develop a plan for “how the local educational agency will identify and address, as required under State plans as described in section 1111(g)(1)(B), any disparities that result in low-income students and minority students being taught at higher rates than other students by ineffective, inexperienced, or out-of-field teachers.”
This section of 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 will be the first-year LEA Equity Plans will be required under ESSA.
Educator Equity Toolkit
To support districts in the Equity Plan process, TEA has 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.
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.
Requirements for Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals