Principal Surveys to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

Due to COVID-19, Governor Abbott has waived the requirements for principals to complete the principal surveys. More information can be obtained on the COVID-19 Support and Guidance Webpage.

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. 

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).   

Overview of 2020 Surveys (PDF)

The results from this survey are used for Educator Preparation Program Accountability.


If you are a principal, the surveys are found in your TEA educator profile Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) blue screen and pre-populated with teachers attached to your campus. Principals will earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits by reviewing the training component and for completing surveys. Download CPE certificate

Principal surveys open on April 1, 2020 and must be submitted by June 15, 2020.

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. 

A copy of the Principal Survey 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 for roster verification. To access the HR principal survey management tool, you must access the ECOS green screen. TEAL and ECOS Access for HR Administrators (PDF).

As an HR administrator, you may add/remove principal/teachers as well as view who has completed surveys. 

Access for HR administrators begins March 18, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document Principal Survey FAQs 2020 (PDF).

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