Completed Work Years 2012-2016

Supporting the Implementation of the C-SAIL Study

TXCC will support the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in effectively participating in a large scale, multi-year, federally funded research study with the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL). This study will include the development and testing of a new intervention designed to support implementation of college- and career-ready (CCR) standards in the classroom and will also help TEA use data-based decision making to improve CCR policies, practices, and supports.

Past Work Update

  • TXCC staff facilitated communication and relationship building between the research team at the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) and new Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff who are partnering with the researchers. Results for the spring 2016 multi-state survey and interviews will be formally presented at a C-SAIL conference planned for November 18, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
  • TXCC staff collaborated with Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff and the research team from the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) to finalize the first round of data collection for the Implementation Study in Texas. The C-SAIL research team concluded the spring 2016 implementation survey administration in June and reported a high level of participation at the district, principal, and teacher level in response to the survey. Analysis of the data collected is underway. The preliminary results of the survey will be shared with TEA staff in late summer and a final report will be shared in the fall of 2016. District level interviews are being conducted throughout the summer, and the data will be shared with TEA in late summer. Penny Schwinn, the Deputy Commissioner of Academics at TEA, has taken on the role of the state champion for the study.

Related work with REL Southwest

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Next Generation Assessments and Accountability Commission

The Texas Commission on Next Generation Assessments and Accountability was established by the Texas Legislature following the passage of HB 2804 during the 84th regular session in 2015. The commission is charged with developing recommendations to address:

  • The purpose of a state accountability system and the role of student assessment;
  • Opportunities to assess students in a manner that provides actionable information for parents, educators, and the public; that supports learning activities; that recognizes application of skills and knowledge; that measures student growth toward mastery; and values critical thinking;
  • Alignment of state performance standards with college and career readiness standards in collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 
  • Policy changes necessary to enable a student to progress through subject matter and grade levels on demonstration of mastery; and
  • Policy changes to establish a student assessment and public school accountability system that meets state goals, is community based, promotes parent and community involvement, and reflects the unique needs of each community.

TXCC will work with TEA to support this project by collaboratively developing information on the range of state models of assessment and accountability systems, facilitating presentations to commission members by experts on key topics related to its work. 

Past Work Update

  • TXCC hosted the final session of the Commission in July. Commission Chair, Andrew Kim, led a review and discussion of the recommendations. At the conclusion of the meeting, 14 members of the Commission supported the report. In response to Mr. Kim’s request for input on the six-month process of the Commission, members’ comments included: · The recommendation format made the draft report so easy to read. · I have learned so much. · We have been privileged to hear outstanding speakers. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff will finalize the draft report and submit it to the governor and legislature by September 1, 2016.
  • TXCC staff collaborated with Texas Education Agency (TEA) associate commissioner of accountability on planning and providing a facilitator for a called meeting of the Commission this month. The facilitator was instrumental in planning the session with the associate commissioner and the Commission’s chair. Using current best practices in facilitation combined with many years of experience, she worked with the Commission for most of the session to elicit their final recommendations. She also provided materials for Commission members to read before the session and provided a summary and notes of the Commission’s recommendations. TXCC staff was responsible for designing the recommendation format for the final report. In addition, they provided the first draft of the fourteen recommendations. This report included the recommendation, the rationale, any required statutory changes, and other considerations for the local, state, and federal levels. TXCC also produced a chart indicating whether each of the recommendations had a short-term or long-term impact.

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Advanced Career Initiative

TXCC will partner with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) to support TEA's development and implementation of project-based curricula for a coherent sequence of 4 CTE courses. Anticipated project duration: Spring 2013–Summer 2017.

Past Work Update

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) continues to work with the Advanced Career (AC) project in which the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) trains educators to write two Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses on oil and gas. The courses are content correct, as planned, by the project deadline of September 30, 2015.

Final editing for format and grammar may occur after the deadline by SREB and the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC). The distribution and use of the course materials have not yet been determined.


Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System

A recent report form the Texas Teaching Commission addressing policy gaps within key areas of the teacher pipeline in Texas. The report provided recommendations on how to improve and align program and practices currently in place. One recommendation was to revise the current (adopted in 1997) standards for teaching practice. Once revised, these standards could support the Texas Education Agency in addressing additional recommendations, including the development of quality standards for teacher preparation programs and redesign of the beginning teacher induction and mentoring system.
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Past Work Update

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.

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Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System

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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Past Work Update

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.

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Professional Development Audit

In May 2013, the Texas Legislature passed H.B. 2012 that requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct an audit of the professional development requirements imposed by school districts, the State, and the Federal Government. TXCC will provide technical assistance to TEA by helping develop the audit procedures, assisting with data analysis, identifying areas of duplication, and aiding in the design of the guidance document to school districts regarding high-quality professional development.

Past Work Update

TXCC staff created a supplemental guide that outlines the process of the Professional Development (PD) Audit for replication purposes and serves as a guide to the PD Audit project and reports and related appendices submitted by Learning Forward. With the submission of this document, the PD Audit project as defined by the original project scope has come to a close for TXCC.

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Texas Teacher Mentoring Advisory Committee

In May 2013, the Texas Legislature passed H.B. 2012 that requires the TEA to provide administrative support to a committee charged with making recommendations to the governor and legislature by January 1, 2015 regarding the improvement of new teacher mentorship programs in Texas. The TXCC will provide technical assistance to the TEA through meeting co-facilitation, responding to requests for specific information on research-based practices and emerging promising practices in the area of teacher mentoring, accessing subject-specific experts, and assisting in developing required reports.

Past Work Update

The final draft of the MAC report was reviewed by TEA leadership and was approved for submission and dissemination to the Texas Legislature. The final report details recommendations for improving Texas’ school district mentoring programs.

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Texas ESEA Waiver Request

TXCC is assisting TEA in reviewing and providing feedback on the state's ESEA waiver request application. Specific attention is being given to the organization and presentation of the request, especially regarding its flow and coherence.

Past Work Update

On September 30, 2013, Texas secured a conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This waiver will provide additional flexibility to the Texas Education Agency and the more than 1200 Texas school districts and charters.

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

The TXCC is collaborating with TEA to create and refine a process for writing and aligning Career and Technical Education (CTE) Educator Standards to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). This process will eventually be used for all of the 16 CTE course clusters.

Past Work Update

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) team at the TXCC is continuing to document the standards alignment process. January 2014 is the projected deadline to complete the document and provide it to the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

TEA has approved continuation of the alignment process for the next set of educator standards. Currently, the standards to be addressed, the dates, and the staff at both TEA and the TXCC are being identified for the 2014 work continuation. This will be the fifth cluster of educator standards to be aligned to the TEKS since the project began in Summer 2012.

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Early Warning Data System (EWDS)

The Early Warning Data System (EWDS) enables schools and districts to collect data related to research-based indicators that identify students who are at risk as potential dropouts.

Past Work Update

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the TXCC conducted a webinar on the Early Warning Data System (EWDS) on November 12, 2013. Two TXCC staff members and one TEA manager participated in the webinar at SEDL headquarters; two additional TEA staff members, with expertise in the studentGPS™ Dashboards, participated from off site.

Seventeen of Texas’ education service centers (ESCs) either joined the webinar or viewed the recorded broadcast. TXCC staff provided access information for the updated EWDS training material, and several ESCs requested the updated materials on flash drives, which were sent within the week to the requestors. The TEA manager emphasized the need for ESCs to facilitate the transition from the EWDS to the studentGPS™ Dashboards to ensure a seamless change for districts and high schools.

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