This project relates to the following ED Priority:

  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders

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Accountability System for Educator Preparation


This project builds on prior work of the TXCC in assisting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with the analysis of the results from a principal survey regarding how well educator preparation programs (EPPs) prepared beginning teachers for their first year of service. The TXCC is continuing to assist TEA with training module revisions and process improvement and refinement related to survey administration. Also, in Year 4, TXCC will collaborate with TEA on survey development and administration for a newly added fifth accountability standard that will focus on teacher satisfaction assessed at the end of a teacher's first year in the classroom.

Previous Work Updates

2016

July

TXCC staff provided support to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to prepare for the upcoming State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) August board meeting on proposed changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). TXCC also continues to support TEA’s broader efforts to create a teacher preparation accountability reporting system. As part of this work, TXCC presented the completed data inventory and memo to TEA based on the 2014-15 metrics and is in discussion around updating the data inventory for 2016-17. TXCC also presented the draft ASEP annual report to TEA and prepared a policy scan for the agency that examines states with tiered licensure systems and the requirements for teacher certification seekers for each kind of initial license within a tiered system. In collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest, TXCC staff completed and submitted the 2014-15 survey analysis for Standard 2: Principal Appraisal of First-Year Teachers. TXCC provided TEA with an annotated user guide for the analysis as well as the final analysis results and accompanying data dictionary. Additionally, TXCC worked with its partners to present the first organizational draft sections of an accountability manual detailing the data and definitions that will appear in the accountability system.

June

In June, TXCC staff assisted Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff in delivering a workshop for the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) members on the need for proposing changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). The workshop provided information on other states’ approaches tomulti-tiered teacher licenses and on career pathways for teachers who obtained a probationary certificate in Texas, including a spotlight on teachers who go on to receive a standard teaching certificate or leave their teaching positions in less than one year. TXCC also continued to make significant progress towards completing a data inventory of all reporting metrics that are a part of Chapter 229. In addition, TXCC also worked on organizing and analyzing the data that are part of the required annual reporting as part of ASEP under three reporting mechanisms: (1) Minimum Accountability Standards – TEC 21.045(a); (2) Minimum Annual Performance Report Indicators – TEC 21.045(b); and (3) Consumer Information – TEC 21.0452(b). Preparations are underway to obtain the 2015-16 data for processing since the survey administration period ended on June 15. TEA and TXCC are also beginning discussions around examining long-term trends and analyses now that several years of principal survey data are available. Finally, TEA and client engagement staff at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) connected around how TXCC can help TEA to report ASEP indicators annually through a redesigned consumer information website.

May

TXCC staff has been supporting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to prepare for the upcoming State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) June board meeting on proposed changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). TXCC staff has worked to prepare data analysis on proposed changes to the performance standards for Standard 2 (the principal survey) and Standard 4 (the quality of field supervision). TEA is also hosting a pre-SBEC meeting workshop, which will explore some of the state teacher licensure and certification procedures. Data analyses are being conducted by TXCC for the workshop to examine the number of teachers on a probationary certificate that never become fully certified and the number of teachers who abandoned their teaching contract. TXCC staff plan to help facilitate and present Educator Preparation Program (EPP) data and policies from across the nation. TEA also continues to support TEA’s larger efforts to create a teacher preparation accountability reporting system. As part of this work, TXCC worked with its partners to present first organizational drafts of an accountability manual detailing the data and definitions that will appear in the accountability system. Additionally, TXCC has been working to provide TEA a policy scan that examines states with tiered licensure systems and the requirements for teacher certification seekers for each kind of initial license within a tiered system.

April

TXCC staff continued to work with Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff in the Division of Educator Leadership and Quality to plan for the eventual creation and display of annual educator preparation program (EPP) accountability data and other reporting metrics through an online reporting system. This month, TEA and TXCC staff explored both accountability manuals and online public data reporting systems within other states. Additionally, the data audit meetings between TXCC and TEA have continued regularly as staff work towards understanding the reporting metrics and available data within the current TEA data system. TXCC and TEA staff also began regular meetings to understand the data cleaning and analysis of the Standard 2 Principal Survey of first-year teachers to initiate the transition for TEA to manage and oversee the entire process.

March

TXCC staff continued to work with Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff in Educator Leadership and Quality to plan for the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) meetings in April and June. As part of the preparation, TXCC provided TEA with data analysis on the impact of the proposed amendments to ASEP, which includes performance measures for educator preparation program accreditation under Chapter 229 of the Texas Education Code (TEC). TEA is planning an in-depth discussion on this topic for SBEC members prior to the June SBEC meeting, which will propose changes to TEC for consideration by the State Board of Education. TEA also continues to support TEA’s larger efforts to create a teacher preparation accountability reporting system. As part of this work, TXCC is conducting a data audit on the reporting metrics that will be included in the reporting system. The data audit meetings between TXCC and TEA have continued regularly. Additionally, TXCC has been working to provide TEA with a comparison of similar states with online public data and reporting systems for teacher preparation.

February

TXCC staff continued to work with Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff in Educator Leadership and Quality to plan for the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) meeting in April. TEA is providing SBEC with recommendations for proposed rule changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229 related to establishing standards to govern the approval of and provide continuing accountability for educator preparation programs (EPPs). As part of these recommendations, TXCC prepared analyses related to outcomes for Standards 2 and 4 under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) to guide the standard setting process. In addition, TXCC began regular meetings with TEA to conduct a data audit of all the accountability reporting metrics that will be published annually as part of the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP), including minimal annual report indicators and minimum consumer information. As part of this work, TXCC staff also began initial conversations with TEA around building an accountability manual that will provide readers with an understanding of and definitions for the accountability metrics that will be reported out annually.

January

TXCC staff worked with staff from the Division of Educator Leadership and Quality at the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to plan new areas of work that are emerging as part of the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) and to continue work on Standard 2, the principal survey of first-year teachers. The team meet to identify milestones and to create a timeline for the larger accountability reporting system for educator preparation programs (EPPs) that would include a larger set of reporting metrics that would be reported annually to the public. The project team also made progress updating the final template to be used for the Standard 2 individual EPP principal survey results. Final quality assurance checks on the data and formatting will continue through February, and the reports are expected to be available for EPPs to review shortly. TXCC staff are also assisting TEA to prepare for the April State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) meeting, which will review standard setting options related to Standard 2, the principal survey, and the new Standard 5 (the teacher satisfaction survey).

2015

December

In the month of December, TXCC met with the Associate Commissioner of Educator Leadership and Quality, the Director of Educator Preparation Programs, and other TEA staff to plan additional work in three areas related to educator preparation: (1) the addition of a fifth standard to the Accountability System of Educator Preparation (ASEP) that is a survey of first-year teachers; (2) indicators of performance based on an annual performance report; and (3) consumer information reported by TEA on its website related to teacher candidate completion, performance, preparation, and satisfaction. The team met several times to generate priority areas and goals and to develop a working timeline for rollout of the additional performance indicators and new survey.

November

The TXCC team met with TEA in November to discuss timelines and milestones for the principal survey analysis and reporting from the Spring 2015 survey administration on the preparation of teachers in their first year. The team also discussed emerging work that TEA is addressing for the upcoming year related to the addition of a fifth standard (a new survey of first-year teachers) that will be added to ASEP, as well as some additional data reporting elements that will be part of the consumer information website and indicators for an Annual Performance Report. The team will continue discussions and generating ideas around the best ways that TXCC can support the Agency in these emerging efforts.

October

TXCC has been communicating with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on the progress of the final reports for the 2013-14 principal survey. In addition, TXCC outlined data specifications for TEA to review in order to facilitate the data transfer process for the 2014-15 principal survey. TXCC and TEA are developing milestones and a timeline for the coming round of survey analysis and reporting. The team also is having discussions about additional work related to a new fifth standard for the Accountability System of Education Preparation (ASEP) that would be an end-of-year survey of first-year teachers on the training they received through their educator preparation programs.

September

TXCC and TEA staff met to discuss findings from the latest round of survey analysis for the principal survey data, including documenting lessons learned and next steps for improving the data administration and analysis cycle. In addition, the teams talked about how the knowledge gained from working on Standard 2 might be applied to a new Standard 5 that was approved by the state legislature to survey first-year teachers on their experiences and preparation they received from their educator preparation programs. The team also talked about looking across all five standards more broadly for a holistic approach to Accountability System for Educator Preparation. TXCC is in the process of making preparations for engaging in the next round of data cleaning and analysis from the principal survey that closed in June of 2015.