Archive for the ‘TEA Information’ Category

Leading Where You’ve Never Gone Before

Leading Change was the topic for our last principal program seminar.  An intern put it so poignantly when he openly reflected, “You really are in the midst of going somewhere you’ve never been.”   He went on to entertain and bask in the thought of accomplishing something that hadn’t been accomplished before. It was exciting to […]

Skills of an Effective Leader

I recently had a conversation with a veteran middle school principal about what he believes has lead to his success as a school principal. Of all the things he mentioned, one stood out to me. He shared that he keeps a poster up in his office of the most effective skills of a leader. He […]

Curriculum Council: Superintendent Edition (April 10th)

Here is the link to the summary of presentations from our April 10th Curriculum Council meeting.  We hope that campus leaders find this wealth of information useful.  We are also including links to other resources and information regarding Curriculum Council meetings.  Please feel free to share this information with colleagues. Superintendent Edition – Supt Ed_Apr14 Curriculum Council Resources […]

TEA announces initial assessment requirements under HB 5

**This post was also made under the Curriculum Council Blog ( The Texas Education Agency released information today regarding assessment requirements under House Bill 5. Highlights include: Assessments in Algebra II, geometry, English III, chemistry, physics, world geography, and world history have been eliminated from the testing requirements. As a result, the July 2013 STAAR administration will not […]

Student Success Initiative (SSI)

On Monday the Texas Education Agency posted the 2012-2013 Student Success Initiative Manual. The manual, sample forms and letters are located at ESC Region 13 Contact: Jennifer Womack – **Also posted to the Curriculum Council Blog.

Principal Surveys to Evaluate Texas Educator Preparation Programs

On March 25th the Texas Education Agency posted a notice regarding the distribution of a survey that campus principals with first-year teachers only will be required to complete. The survey will collect data regarding the performance of beginning teachers and the effectiveness of educator preparation programs in preparing beginning teachers to succeed in the classroom. Prior […]

Texas STEM Academy Designation Applications Due April 2

The Texas Education Agency posted a letter on 2/15/2013 ( regarding the opportunity to apply to participate in the college and career readiness model: T-STEM Academy Designation. The deadline for this application is April 2nd. Please see the posting for detailed information regarding the benefits of becoming a designated T-STEM Academy as well as application […]

Review of Emergency Operation Plans

    In a “To the Administrator Addressed” posted to the Texas Education Agency website yesterday, Commissioner Williams is requesting all public schools to immediately review district emergency operation plans. Resources provided in the posting: “In addition to resources available through the Texas School Safety Center (TSSC) at, the attached list includes resources for emergency […]

TEA Due Dates: Physical Fitness & Kindergarten Reading Assessments

      On September 17th the Texas Education Agency posted two letters regarding due dates for data submission: Required Physical Fitness Assessment Kindergarten Reading Assessment Data Submission Please note that you will need a TEAL account for submission of the Physical Fitness Assessment. ESC Contacts are: Physical Fitness Assessment – Cheryl Myers – […]

Campus Reporting of Highly Qualified Teacher Compliance Report

        Required reporting and due dates for Highly Qualified Teacher Compliance were shared in a recent Texas Education Agency communication. There are two submissions for campus leadership to be aware of: 1. November 15th – Campus Reporting of Highly Qualified Teacher Compliance Report as of September 17, 2012 2. December 15th – Principal’s Attestation […]