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TEA News Releases Online May 13, 2014

Commissioner Williams' letter to members of the House Public Education Committee

AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today sent a letter regarding the Teacher Evaluation and Support System to House Public Education Committee Chair Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock and all committee members.

The Texas House Public Education Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday to consider the following interim charge:

Explore innovative, research-based options for improving student achievement beyond standardized test scores. Evaluate standards for effective campus management as well as teacher preparation, certification, and training. Review current teacher evaluation tools and instructional methods, such as project-based learning, and recommend any improvements that would promote improved student achievement. Engage stakeholders on how to recruit and retain more of our "best and brightest" into the teaching profession.

To view complete details of the Teacher Evaluation and Support System submitted by the Texas Education Agency to the U.S. Department of Education, visit

For an overview of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, visit