This project relates to the following ED Priorities:

  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders
  • Using data-based decision-making to improve instructional practices, policies, and student outcomes

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Texas Equity Plan

In accordance with three sections of Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA), each state education agency (SEA) is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to ensure that all students have equal access to quality education, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income. Texas has had an equity plan in place since 2005 and had made notable progress in closing equity gaps over the past decade. The 2015 Texas Equity Plan revised and updated the 2012 plan with input from stakeholders in light of new federal guidance as part of ED's "Excellent Educators for All" initiative. Year 4 work will focus on assisting the Texas Education Agency with plan implementation and building out supports for LEAs to develop local equity plans for the 2016–2017 school year.

Previous Work Updates



The Texas Education Agency (TEA) convened the first meeting of the Local Education Agency (LEA) Equity Toolkit Stakeholders Steering Committee to assist the agency in designing a resource for districts to use when developing their own equity plans as required by Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). TXCC helped plan and hosted the meeting as well as provided critical feedback on policy issues and project design.


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TXCC hosted and facilitated a first-ever meeting for 46 administrators and educators from 16 Education Excellence Innovation Program (EEIP) grantee sites in the state. The event leveraged the expertise of TXCC staff and staff from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research (AIR), who engaged with participants through general sessions, breakout sessions, problems of practice discussions, and targeted conversations with grantee teams on evaluation strategies and plans to support continuous improvement in the next program year.


TXCC staff collaborated with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to plan a meeting in March for 16 district grantees of the Educator Excellence Innovation Program (EEIP) grant, which is referenced in the state equity plan as a support for the strategy of exploring opportunities for reward, recognition, and career advancement for teachers. TXCC also assisted TEA in revising a survey of EEIP grantees with the goal of improving the quality of data generated by districts and compiled by TEA.


TXCC staff twice met with staff of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to discuss the Educator Excellence Innovation Program (EEIP) grant, which is referenced in the state equity plan as a support for the strategy of exploring opportunities for reward, recognition, and career advancement for teachers. This pilot program, which began in the spring of 2014, is designed to help districts systematically transform their human capital management systems by implementing comprehensive research-based strategies incorporating best practices in the areas of teacher recruitment, mentoring and induction, development, retention, and strategic compensation, including performance-based incentive pay. TXCC agreed to collaborate with TEA on this work by preparing for a meeting with the 17 EEIP district grantees in March, exploring options for grantee reporting, and revising the existing survey of grantees to capture information more beneficial to TEA and to the state equity plan.



The U.S. Department of Education approved the Texas’ 2015 Equity Plan, which will allow the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to proceed with implementation activities in 2016. The plan, which was collaboratively developed by TEA and TXCC, focuses on five key strategies that build on the work that TEA and districts have already begun, including -Developing guidance and tools for districts to create and implement local equity plans; -Facilitating targeted training and professional development for teachers, including teacher candidates; -Exploring opportunities for reward, recognition, and career advancement for teachers; -Facilitating campus leader training and support; and Encouraging training of and support for mentors of novice teachers.


TXCC and the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) co-hosted a regional institute for state education agency staff in Atlanta, Georgia, on the topic “Promoting Equitable Access at the State and Local Levels.” TXCC staff attended sessions with staff from the Texas Education Agency’s Division of Educator Leadership and Quality and jointly discussed ways to apply lessons learned from colleagues to the implementation of the Texas Equity Plan.


TXCC staff met with the TEA director of educator quality to review the status of the Texas Equity Plan implementation. TEA is still awaiting approval of its plan from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) but has continued work on a request for proposals (RFP) for developing an online equity toolkit for local education agencies. TEA plans on resuming regular meetings with the equity planning group following notice of the plan approval by ED.