Completed Projects 2012-2016

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.

District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) Leadership Academy

TXCC will support the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in assessing lessons learned from the two years of implementation of this advanced professional development series for DCSIs who either: (a) were clustered in the state’s priority improvement areas (as determined by the Texas Strategic Alignment Team) or (b) had demonstrated proficiency on core DCSI skillsets and shown the potential for serving in a more dynamic and influential leadership capacity at the regional or state level. In Year 4, 33 DCSIs from around the state participated in the second iteration of the DCSI Academy. The training was grounded in emergent practices in policy analysis, organizational change management, interpersonal communications, and specific needs identified in the field. Information gleaned from this review will allow TEA to plan for future implementation of the model once TEA staffing and priorities are confirmed.

Early Warning Data System (EWDS)

The Early Warning System (EWS) was originally developed by the National High School Center (NHSC) at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to calculate automatically the high-yield indicators related to dropout. With permission of and in collaboration with the NHSC, the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) at SEDL adapted the EWS to produce a customized database version called the Early Warning Data System (EWDS).

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Project website: Principal Evaluation and Support System »

Texas Strategic Alignment Team (TSAT)

TXCC will provide technical assistance to support the evolution of the Texas Strategic Alignment Team (TSAT), which is committed to understanding and addressing the tangled web of systemic factors that impact the state’s schools. The initiative will result in a co-constructed portfolio of tools, processes, and human capital that are aligned to support systemic data visualization, analytics, and collective action. TXCC will leverage the knowledge and skills across multiple AIR portfolios in addition to a diverse array of external partners in order to ensure that TSAT priorities are executed with quality and that lessons learned are disseminated broadly.

Sub projects of this project include:

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.

Project website: Teacher Evaluation and Support System »

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.