This project relates to the following ED Priority:

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

Related work:
REL Southwest
Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance


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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.

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Revising Texas' Educator Evaluation and Support System

Previous Work Updates



The Texas Education Agency convened two groups of practitioners to provide input on revising commissioner’s rules related to teacher and principal evaluation. Teachers, principals, education service center staff, and LEA staffs made up the committees. Each group provided insights and ideas for how to align the revised rules to the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS), both of which are being piloted for a second year in 2015-2016.


TXCC staff met with the TEA director of educator quality to begin planning for the October stakeholders’ meeting, which TXCC will facilitate to help participants develop recommendations for Chapter 150 of Commissioner’s Rule on principal appraisal. Staff also provided feedback on the expectations for T-PESS trainers, which were incorporated into a proposed trainer agreement.