Texas Equity Plan

The Need

In accordance with three sections of Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each state education agency (SEA) is required to submit a plan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education, regardless of race, ethnicity, or family income. In 2015, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted an equitable access plan to address differences in access to excellent educators experienced by poor and minority students. As noted in the 2015 Texas Equity Plan, “schools with high concentrations of minority students and students living in poverty have higher percentages of inexperienced teachers than schools with low concentrations of those students. Similarly, districts in major urban, suburban, and rural areas had the largest differences in terms of inexperienced teachers and unqualified teachers.”

TXCC Response

Texas has had an equity plan in place since 2005 and has made notable progress in closing equity gaps over the past decade. The 2015 Texas Equity Plan revised and updated the 2012 plan with input from stakeholders in light of new federal guidance as part of ED’s “Excellent Educators for All” initiative. Year 5 TXCC work focuses on assisting TEA with plan implementation and building out supports for local education agencies (LEAs) to develop local equity plans for the 2017-18 school year.