Great Teachers and Leaders
Data-Based Decision Making
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. 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 work will focus on assisting the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with plan implementation and building out supports for local education agencies (LEAs) to develop local equity plans for the 2017-18 school year.
Progress to Date
- The Texas Education Agency (TEA) convened the first meeting of the Local Education Agency (LEA) Equity Toolkit Stakeholders Steering Committee to assist the agency in designing a resource for districts to use when developing their own equity plans as required by Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). TXCC helped plan and hosted the meeting as well as provided critical feedback on policy issues and project design.
- TXCC hosted and facilitated a first-ever meeting for 46 administrators and educators from 16 Education Excellence Innovation Program (EEIP) grantee sites in the state. The event leveraged the expertise of TXCC staff and staff from the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at American Institutes for Research (AIR), who engaged with participants through general sessions, breakout sessions, problems of practice discussions, and targeted conversations with grantee teams on evaluation strategies and plans to support continuous improvement in the next program year.
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