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.
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.
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 www.esc4.net/evalblog 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
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 email@example.com 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.
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