This project builds on prior TXCC work assisting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to implement a broad teacher preparation accountability system that reports on how well educator preparation programs (EPPs) are preparing future teachers to enter the classroom and remain in the profession. TXCC is continuing to assist TEA with a number of tasks that will facilitate the implementation and sustainability of ASEP. This work includes identifying data and other stress points in the reporting process and working to address issues through troubleshooting, protocol development, and documenting processes for replication. TXCC will continue to assist TEA in establishing a regular annual report as part of the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) under three reporting mechanisms: (1) Minimum Accountability Standards – TEC 21.045(a); (2) Minimum Annual Performance Report Indicators – TEC 21.045(b); and (3) Consumer Information – TEC 21.0452(b). TXCC will also continue to provide TEA support for using ASEP data to understand and inform decision-making processes and to provide transparent, reliable reporting data to consumers, EPPs, and policymakers. Part of this effort will also include assisting TEA to create a home web page to house ASEP reports that will be regularly updated, consumer friendly, and interactive. TXCC will contribute its content-expertise and facilitation skills to help TEA with strategic thinking around ASEP implementation by reviewing current or proposed metrics. The intent of these efforts is to encourage use of best practices for data analyses and reporting, implementation, and long-term sustainability of ASEP, as well as to create a reporting system that is useful to a broad audience.
- TXCC staff provided support to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to prepare for the upcoming State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) August board meeting on proposed changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 229, Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). TXCC also continues to support TEA’s broader efforts to create a teacher preparation accountability reporting system. As part of this work, TXCC presented the completed data inventory and memo to TEA based on the 2014-15 metrics and is in discussion around updating the data inventory for 2016-17. TXCC also presented the draft ASEP annual report to TEA and prepared a policy scan for the agency that examines states with tiered licensure systems and the requirements for teacher certification seekers for each kind of initial license within a tiered system. In collaboration with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest, TXCC staff completed and submitted the 2014-15 survey analysis for Standard 2: Principal Appraisal of First-Year Teachers. TXCC provided TEA with an annotated user guide for the analysis as well as the final analysis results and accompanying data dictionary. Additionally, TXCC worked with its partners to present the first organizational draft sections of an accountability manual detailing the data and definitions that will appear in the accountability system.
- In June, TXCC staff assisted Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff in delivering a workshop for the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) members on the need for proposing changes to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 229, the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). The workshop provided information on other states’ approaches tomulti-tiered teacher licenses and on career pathways for teachers who obtained a probationary certificate in Texas, including a spotlight on teachers who go on to receive a standard teaching certificate or leave their teaching positions in less than one year. TXCC also continued to make significant progress towards completing a data inventory of all reporting metrics that are a part of Chapter 229. In addition, TXCC also worked on organizing and analyzing the data that are part of the required annual reporting as part of ASEP under three reporting mechanisms: (1) Minimum Accountability Standards – TEC 21.045(a); (2) Minimum Annual Performance Report Indicators – TEC 21.045(b); and (3) Consumer Information – TEC 21.0452(b). Preparations are underway to obtain the 2015-16 data for processing since the survey administration period ended on June 15. TEA and TXCC are also beginning discussions around examining long-term trends and analyses now that several years of principal survey data are available. Finally, TEA and client engagement staff at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) connected around how TXCC can help TEA to report ASEP indicators annually through a redesigned consumer information website.