Texas policymakers’ desire to raise standards for teacher preparation programs and to find new and improved ways to train better teachers resulted in legislation (S.B. 174) in 2009 that amended the Texas Education Code as well as Chapter 229 of the Texas Administrative Code to create the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). Although the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) sought to implement these recommendations and improve performance standards for educator preparation programs (EPPs), system constraints resulted in piecemeal changes. TEA recognized the need for assistance to address these challenges and partnered with TXCC to implement and sustain a systemic approach to ASEP.
ASEP builds on prior TXCC work with TEA implementing a broad teacher preparation accountability system that reports on how well EPPs are preparing future teachers to enter the classroom and remain in the profession. TXCC continues to support TEA with a number of tasks, facilitating the implementation and sustainability of ASEP. This work includes identifying data and other stress points in the reporting process; working to address issues through troubleshooting, developing protocols, and documenting processes for replication; and establishing a regular annual report as part of ASEP. TXCC also builds TEA’s capacity to apply ASEP data to understand and inform decision-making processes and provide transparent, reliable reporting to consumers, EPPs, and policymakers. TXCC encourages the 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.