Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System
In 2011 the 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1383, which required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to establish and administer a comprehensive appraisal system for principals. The following year, the Agency initiated work on new principal standards in collaboration with the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership at the George W. Bush Institute and New Leaders, which worked with a Principal Advisory Committee and other stakeholders to create a draft of the standards for public comment. TEA subsequently incorporated the development of a comprehensive appraisal and professional development system for public school principals into its request to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2013 to waive certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to reduce unnecessary burdens on SEAs and LEAs.
In early 2014 the Agency asked the TXCC to convene a steering committee of principals, administrators, and higher education faculty to provide input into the creation of an evaluative rubric correlated with the principal standards and incorporating weighted components, including student learning outcomes. The committee will meet in February, March, and April and is charged with finalizing the rubric and summative guide that will be piloted in 70 districts during the 2014–2015 school year. The TXCC will support this project in collaboration with TEA's external contractor, which will develop and pilot the instruments and provide professional development to staff of participating districts and ESCs.
Revising Texas' Educator Evaluation and Support System