§229.4: Determination of Accreditation Status

(a) The accreditation status of an educator preparation program (EPP) shall be determined at least annually, based on performance standards established in rule by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), with regard to the following EPP accountability performance indicators, disaggregated with respect to gender and ethnicity (according to the aggregate reporting categories for ethnicity established by the Higher Education Act), and other requirements of this chapter:

(1) the pass rate performance standard of certification examinations of EPP candidates shall be:

(A) 70% for the 2009-2010 academic year;

(B) 75% for the 2010-2011 academic year; and

(C) 80% for the 2011-2012 academic year;

(2) the results of appraisals of beginning teachers by school administrators, based on an appraisal document and standards that must be independently developed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff and approved by the SBEC;

(3) to the extent practicable, as valid data become available and performance standards are developed, the improvement in student achievement of students taught by beginning teachers for the first three years following certification; and

(4) the results of data collections establishing EPP compliance with SBEC requirements specified in §228.35(f) of this title (relating to Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training), regarding the frequency, duration, and quality of field supervision of beginning teachers during their first year in the classroom.

(A) The 2009-2010 academic year will be a pilot year for these data collections.

(B) For the 2010-2011 academic year, the performance standard will be a 90% compliance rate with SBEC requirements as to the frequency, duration, and required documentation of field supervision for each EPP candidate.

(C) For the 2011-2012 academic year, the performance standard will be a 95% compliance rate with SBEC requirements as to the frequency, duration, and required documentation of field supervision for each EPP candidate.

(b) An EPP shall be assigned an Accredited status if the EPP has met the accountability performance standards described in subsection (a) of this section and has been approved by the SBEC to prepare, train, and recommend candidates for certification.

(c) An EPP shall be assigned Accredited-Not Rated status upon initial approval to offer educator preparation, until the EPP can be assigned a status based on the performance standards described in subsection (a) of this section. An EPP is fully accredited and may recommend candidates for certification while it is in Accredited-Not Rated status.

(d) Accredited-Warned status. An EPP shall be assigned Accredited-Warned status if the EPP:

(1) fails to meet the performance standards set by the SBEC for the overall performance of all its candidates on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section in any one year;

(2) fails to meet the standards in any two gender or ethnicity demographic groups on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section in any one year; or

(3) fails to meet the standards for a gender or ethnicity demographic group on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section for two consecutive years, regardless of whether the deficiency is in the same demographic group or standard.

(e) Accredited-Probation status. An EPP shall be assigned Accredited-Probation status if the EPP:

(1) fails to meet the performance standards set by the SBEC for the overall performance of all its candidates on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section for two consecutive years;

(2) fails to meet the standards in any three gender or ethnicity demographic groups on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section in any one year; or

(3) fails to meet the standards for a gender or ethnicity demographic group on any of the four performance indicators set forth in subsection (a) of this section for three consecutive years, regardless of whether the deficiency is in the same demographic group or standard.

(f) Not Accredited-Revoked status.

(1) An EPP shall be assigned Not Accredited-Revoked status and its approval to recommend candidates for educator certification revoked if it is assigned Accredited-Probation status for three consecutive years.

(2) An EPP may be assigned Not Accredited-Revoked status if the EPP is assigned Accredited-Probation status for two consecutive years, and the SBEC determines that revoking the EPP's approval is reasonably necessary to achieve the purposes of the TEC, §21.045 and §21.0451.

(3) An assignment of Not Accredited-Revoked status and revocation of EPP approval to recommend candidates for educator certification is subject to the requirements of notice, record review, and appeal as described in this chapter.

(4) A revocation of an EPP approval shall be effective for a period of two years, after which a program may reapply for approval as a new EPP pursuant to Chapter 228 of this title (relating to Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs).

(5) Upon revocation of EPP approval, the EPP may not admit new candidates for educator certification, but may complete the training of candidates already admitted by the EPP and recommend them for certification. If necessary, TEA staff and other EPPs shall cooperate to assist the previously admitted candidates of the revoked EPP to complete their training.

(g) Small group exception.

(1) If any EPP candidate group subject to the performance standards described in this chapter, including groups disaggregated by gender, ethnicity, and certification field, fails to meet the required academic year aggregate standard for any applicable class of performance indicators, and the group contains ten or fewer individuals, the failure to meet the performance standard shall not be counted for purposes of accreditation status determination for that academic year.

(2) The next year's performance indicators of a group not counted the previous year shall be combined with the group's preceding year performance indicators, and if the cumulated performance indicators fail to meet the required aggregate standard for any applicable class of performance indicators, the group shall be counted as failing to meet performance standards for that academic year, as long as the cumulative number of individual performance indicators exceeds ten.

(3) If the two-year cumulated performance indicators fail to meet performance standards but still do not exceed ten individual performance indicators, the group shall not be counted again that year. The two-year cumulated performance indicators shall then be combined with the following year performance indicators of the group. The three-year cumulated performance indicators of the group must be measured against the standards in that third year, regardless of how small the cumulated number of individual performance indicators may be.

(4) The performance indicators of a group shall be measured against performance standards described in this chapter in any one year in which the number of individual performance indicators or cumulated number of individual performance indicators as provided herein exceeds ten.

(5) After a year in which a group has been counted as failing to meet a performance standard, the individual performance indicators of the group related to that standard shall be counted in each subsequent consecutive year thereafter in which the performance indicators of the group fail to meet the standard, regardless of how small the number of individual performance indicators in the group may continue to be.

(6) An EPP shall develop and file with TEA an action plan as required in subsection (h) of this section after one of its candidate groups fails to meet a performance standard regardless of whether the group contains less than ten performance indicators and is not counted for accreditation status purposes as failing to meet a performance standard.

(h) An EPP that fails to meet a required performance standard shall develop an action plan addressing the deficiencies and describing the steps the program will take to improve the performance of its candidates, especially regarding the performance standard that was not met. TEA staff may prescribe the information that must be included in the action plan. The action plan must be sent to TEA staff no later than 45 calendar days following notification to the EPP of the failure to meet a performance standard.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §229.4 adopted to be effective April 18, 2010, 35 TexReg 2849