Early College High School (ECHS) Blueprint Redesign

2016-2017 ECHS Blueprint Redesign

In the 2016-2017 school year, the TEA engaged Jobs For the Future (JFF), national ECHS experts, to assist in the process and develop recommendations to the ECHS Blueprint and Designation process. JFF presented five recommendations to the ECHS Blueprint and Designation process. TEA reviewed the recommendations and made changes where necessary. Commissioner Morath approved the recommendations to be effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

TEA used ECHS to determine the targets for the Outcomes-Based Measures (OBMs) for the 2018-2019 ECHS Blueprint. The standard setting document details the process and data analyzed for setting the targets in the OBMs.

View Infographics explaining the ECHS Designation Process

Download a .pdf version of the presentation "ECHS Blueprint Redesign: The Future of ECHS" from the ECHS Best Practices Summer August 2-3 2017.

Redesign Timeline

Network engagement 2016-17

Transition year: 2017-2018

  • Designated ECHSs operate under the existing Blueprint
  • Prepare for Implementation of the OBMs  
  • Designation application for 2018-2019 released 

Implementation year: 2018-2019

  • Redesigned Blueprint benchmarks and design elements required to be met
  • OBMs phase in beginning with the 9th grade students for the 2019-20 designation year
  • Planning year participant
Contact Information

College, Career, and Military Prep
Postsecondary Preparation Programs
1701 N. Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701