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The Accountability and Leadership Solutions department maintains three blogs where notifications and information are posted. You can receive automatic updates whenever new postings are made by subscribing to the RSS feed for each blog. This allows us to provide the latest information immediately across the region in a number of hot topic areas.


  1. The Pulse: Love Kids. Love Accountability and Leadership. 
    This is the Accountability and Leadership Solutions department’s central communication blog. Sign up to receive department updates in the areas of accountability and leadership. This generalized information targets campus and district leadership and includes resources as well as time-sensitive reminders.


  2. Texas Evaluation and Support System: T-TESS and T-PESS Pilot Projects 
    Accountability and Leadership Solutions at Region 4 Education Service Center (Region 4) has created a blog to post information related to the Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS). This blog is intended for anyone interested in the new statewide evaluation system that will roll out as an option in 2016–2017. The blog will feature updates regarding the federal waiver and the current piloting of the statewide educator evaluation system, including T-TESS (Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System) and T-PESS (Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System). Links, resources, and tools will also be posted. 

    The blog will be distributed using an RSS feed. The RSS feed will provide automated updates when new information is posted. You can also check the blog by bookmarking on your browser. All previously posted updates, beginning in March 2015, can be viewed via the monthly archives feature located at the lower right of the screen.

    Abbreviations to Know

    • AEL: Advancing Educational Leadership
    • ILD: Instructional Leadership Development
    • NCLB: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
    • PDAS: Professional Development and Appraisal System
    • TESS: Texas Evaluation and Support System
    • T-TESS: Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System
    • T-PESS: Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System

    TESS Overview
    A new Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS) is under development and has been designed using extensive input from the state’s teachers, principals, and administrators. As part of the state’s waiver from specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (more commonly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [NCLB]), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has submitted to the US Department of Education specific details of a new teacher evaluation and support system that has been piloted in numerous school districts and charters throughout the state during the 2014–2015 school year.


    This pilot work is continuing during the 2015–2016 “refinement year.” Region 4 districts and charters that are interested in possibly participating in the pilot for the 2015–2016 school year are asked to contact Ingrid Lee, Director, Accountability and Leadership Solutions, at or 713.744.6821. Professional Development and Appraisal System (PDAS) remains as the state's approved instrument for appraising its teachers and identifying areas that would benefit from staff development. The Texas Evaluation and Support System (TESS) will be the new state-developed system available to all districts after feedback is received from all participating pilot districts during the pilot years. The TEA indicated in May 2014 that the decision to use the new system will be a local one. 


  3. Assessment and Accountability ID Team: Get in the Know 
    This is the communication blog created by the Region 4 Assessment and Accountability Interdepartmental (ID) Team. This ID Team meets on a monthly basis to ensure a continuous focus on state/federal accountability and assessment data. This cross-functional team not only builds center-wide capacity but enables all departments to sharply focus on Region 4’s goal of improving student performance. The team demonstrates this through promoting understanding of the Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS), an analysis of statewide assessment data, and a disaggregation of region-wide accountability data. A different topic is highlighted and posted each month along with pertinent links. Sign up to receive these updates to deepen accountability and assessment understanding targeted to campus teaching and administrative staff of all levels. Don’t forget to sign up for the free, automatic RSS feed so that you can receive monthly e-mail updates. Updates dating back to February 2015 can be viewed via the monthly archive feature on the right side of the screen.

    According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), annual academic accountability ratings are provided to each public school district, charter, and campus. These performance ratings are largely based on statewide standardized tests and graduation rates. These ratings examine student achievement, student progress, efforts to close the achievement gap, and postsecondary readiness.

    TEA has produced a short overview of the system that is available in both English and Spanish versions.

    The Texas Consolidated School Rating Report combines the state's academic accountability and financial rating information with a new local component called Community and Student Engagement.

    The Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), formerly known as the Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS), annually reports the student performance of each school and district in Texas. The reports provide extensive information on staff, programs, and demographics.

    Reports that provide additional performance data include the School Report Cards and the Texas Performance Reporting System. For information on state or federal intervention requirements, please visit the Program Monitoring and Intervention page of the Texas Education Agency website.

    RESOURCES Texas Education Agency:  State and Federal Interventions
    This is a link to the external website maintained by the TEA.  This  webpage contains state and federal accountability documents and links to pdf documents.
    Texas Education Agency:  Accountability Monitoring and Guidance Resources
    Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS) Website
    The Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS) serves as a coordinating point for statewide TEA school improvement initiatives. As part of the Region 13 Education Service Center, the TCDSS coordinates and leverages statewide technical assistance services to support districts and schools in meeting required performance standards under both state and federal accountability systems.

    TAIS Resources Website 

    • Expert Voice: Tools to help implement the TAIS framework-interviews from experts in the field
    • From the Field: Videos that provide a look into campuses across Texas
    • Critical Success Factors: Videos, action guides, and reflective questions that connect theory to daily practice to use within professional learning community campus/district teams

    The Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS) is a research-based system approved for use with Texas traditional and charter districts. Although applicable for all, this system is required for campuses and districts that have been identified as needing improvement through both the state and federal accountability systems. It provides a research-based model of continuous improvement activities for schools and districts.

    TAIS Support 
    The TAIS guidance documents are a resource to support all LEAs in the continuous improvement process. The documents include best practice research, step-by-step processes, and useful tips for engaging in data analysis, needs assessment, improvement planning, and implementation and monitoring activities. Resources: 

    Critical Success Factor (CSF) Support
    The seven Critical Success Factors (CSFs) are foundational elements within the Texas Turnaround Framework and serve as key component areas in school improvement planning. The CSFs are grounded in evidence-based research and address practical areas for implementing improvement efforts. Specific trainings have been developed to support each CSF:
    1. Academic performance​
    2. Quality data to drive instruction
    3. Leadership effectiveness
    4. Increased learning time
    5. Family and community engagement
    6. School climate
    7. Teacher quality
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