Principal Surveys to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

Principals must respond to a survey to measure the performance of first-year teachers. The survey assesses relevant educator preparation programs’ effectiveness in preparing those teachers to succeed in the classroom. Surveys are required for all first-year teachers who may be interns in an alternative certification program or newly certified first-year teachers.  The survey applies only to Texas educator preparation programs. TEA established partnerships with organizations like the Texas Comprehensive Center at SEDL, and WestED to develop the principal surveys. Numerous stakeholder meetings were held to ensure the validity of the instrument. The survey is authorized by Senate Bill 174, passed by the 81st Texas Legislature in 2009, and included in 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). It is important that all principal surveys are submitted by June 15, 2017. If a principal is planning to move to another district or campus, the principal needs to complete the principal survey before he/she exits the district or campus. TAC 229.3(b) identifies various sanctions that could be imposed on individuals who fail to provide the required data and information.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document (90 KB).

For questions not addressed in the FAQ or assistance needed please send an email to A response will be provided within one-business day.


If you are a principal, the surveys are found in your TEA educator profile ECOS blue screen and pre-populated with teachers attached to your campus.  TEAL and ECOS instructions for Principals  Principal surveys open on April 5, 2017.

Principals may also view on-demand principal training (outside source) for instructions on how to access and use the online survey system.  Principals may earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits by viewing the training module. More information regarding CPE credits is found in the training module.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes per teacher to complete. Copies of the First Year Principal Survey (PDF, 896 KB)  can be printed for review prior to completing the actual online survey or for use by a designee. 

Human Resources Staff 

If you are a Human Resources (HR) administrator, you have access to the principal surveys through ECOS for entities.  To access the HR principal survey management tool, you must access the ECOS Green ScreenTEAL and ECOS instructions for School District HR administrators  Access for HR administrators begins March 22, 2017.

As an HR administrator you may add/remove principal/teachers as well as view who has completed which surveys. Please watch an on-demand HR training (outside source) to see a walk-through example.  You may view the training module at your convenience and print out downloads for further use.

Superintendent Monitoring 

If you are a superintendent, you may monitor your district's surveys through your TEA profile. On-demand superintendent training (outside source) is now provided to help facilitate the surveys. You may view the training modules at your convenience and print out downloads for further use.