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  • Additional Guidance on Closure per Executive Order no. GA-16


    “Following on Governor Abbott’s Executive Order on schools issued this afternoon, it is important to note that while the Governor’s decision continues the closure of school buildings for in-person classroom attendance for the duration of the 2019-20 school year, it in no way ends at-home instructional support for Texas’s millions of students."

    “School districts across Texas have worked diligently to make the transition to virtual learning. Students must continue to receive daily academic support from their teachers and schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year." 

    “Thank you to our superintendents, principals, and teachers for their leadership in ensuring that academic progress continues during this unprecedented public health crisis. We fully support your efforts.”


    Teacher Observation & Student Growth Performance Standards Released (3/31/2020)


    To implement the Teacher Incentive Allotment, House Bill 3 also requires the setting of “performance and validity standards” to ensure that the identification of highly effective teachers under the three designation categories - Master, Exemplary, and Recognized – yield reliable and comparable results across the state. When released, cohort applicants will be expected to use performance standards along with district teacher observation and student growth data to determine which teachers qualify for designations. Part of the data validation process will include a review of the accuracy of how district systems align their designations to the statewide performance standards.
    Click these links for teacher observation performance standards and teacher’s student growth performance standards.


    Texas School Closures (3/31/2020)


    Texas Governor Greg Abbot has announced that Texas schools are to remain closed until May 4


    National Board Certifications (3/24/2020)

    TEA Beginning in January of 2021, eligible National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) will earn a Recognized designation on their Texas educator certificate for the 2020-2021 SY. The designation will expire in conjunction with the National Board certificate. Allotment funding for eligible NBCTs will be calculated in late summer and will flow to districts beginning in September 2021. NBCTs working in districts that currently offer strategic compensation for NBCTs may be eligible to earn a Recognized designation for the 2019-2020 SY and generate allotment funding in September 2020. Districts currently offering strategic compensation to NBCTs must submit an application by April 30, 2020, for NBCTs to be eligible for a 2019-2020 designation.  

     List of Rural Campuses 3/24/2020

    TEA Designated teachers that work on rural campuses will generate greater allotments. Campuses are designated as rural if they meet one or more of the following definitions:
    • a campus within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students that is categorized as a rural district type by the Texas Education Agency (TEA or agency)
    • a campus within a district with fewer than 5,000 enrolled students categorized as rural by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    • a campus defined in TEC, §48.112(a)(1)(A) and (B) that are categorized as rural by NCES in districts with an enrollment of less than 5,000

    A list of rural campuses for the 2019-2020 academic year is now available.

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