This project relates to the following ED Priorities:

  • Identifying, recruiting, developing, and retaining highly effective teachers and leaders
  • Implementing college- and career-ready standards and aligned, high-quality assessments for all students
  • Building rigorous instructional pathways that support the successful transition of all students from Secondary education to college without the need for remediation, and careers

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Revising Career and Technical Education (CTE) Standards, Grades 6–12


The 80th Texas Legislature directed the updating of student standards, or TEKS, in House Bill 3485; and the Texas Administrative Code and the Texas Education Code require that the State Board for Educator Certification set teacher certification standards that are based on the current TEKS. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requested assistance from the TXCC in creating a process to develop and align the educator standards in fulfillment of this requirement.

The development of this process began under the previous TXCC grant; the process is being refined under the current grant. TEA has requested that the TXCC document the process in its final configuration, along with the successes and barriers encountered in developing it. This will serve as a model for TEA to use in developing teacher standards for the CTE clusters remaining at the end of the TXCC's work on the project.

The process includes convening and facilitating several meetings of a committee of stakeholders with expertise in the cluster of CTE courses being considered (there will be a total of 16 clusters). The committee conducts a gap analysis between the revised TEKS and the existing educator standards for the CTE cluster under discussion. Collaborating through interactive webinars and face-to-face meetings, the committee then identifies recommendations for revising the standards. A panel of CTE experts consults on a regular basis to provide guidance for the project.

The TXCC will collaborate with TEA to compile the recommendations and create a report defining new standards for certification of teachers in the identified CTE cluster; the report will be presented to the State Board for Educator Certification.

Project continued from prior grant:
Revising Career and Technical Education (CTE) Standards, Grades 6–12

Previous Work Updates