§229.5: Accreditation Sanctions and Procedures

(a) If an educator preparation program (EPP) has been assigned Accredited-Warned or Accredited-Probation status, or if the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) determines that additional action is a necessary condition for the continuing approval of an EPP to recommend candidates for educator certification, the SBEC may take any one or more of the following actions, which shall be reviewed by the SBEC at least annually:

(1) require the EPP to obtain technical assistance approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or SBEC;

(2) require the EPP to obtain professional services approved by the TEA or SBEC; and/or

(3) appoint a monitor to participate in the activities of the EPP and report the activities to the TEA or SBEC.

(b) Notwithstanding the accreditation status of an EPP, if the performance of all candidates admitted to an individual certification field offered by an EPP fail to meet any of the standards in §229.4(a) of this title (relating to Determination of Accreditation Status) for three consecutive years, the approval to offer that certification field shall be revoked. Any candidates already admitted for preparation in that field may continue in the EPP and be recommended for certification after program completion, but no new candidates shall be admitted for preparation in that field unless and until the SBEC reinstates approval for the EPP to offer that certification field.

(c) Performance indicators by gender and ethnic groups shall not be counted for purposes of subsection (b) of this section, relating to performance standards for individual certification fields. If the number of counted performance indicators for a certification field is ten or fewer, and the performance indicators fail to meet any of the standards in §229.4(a) of this title, those performance indicators shall not count that year, but shall be cumulated and counted in the same manner as provided in §229.4(c) and (d) of this title.

(d) An EPP shall be notified in writing regarding any action taken pursuant to this section, or the assignment of an accreditation status of Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, or Not Accredited-Revoked. The notice shall state the basis on which the action is taken or the assignment of the accreditation status is made.

(e) All costs associated with providing or requiring technical assistance, professional services, or the appointment of a monitor pursuant to this section shall be paid by the EPP to which the services are provided or required, or its sponsor.


Source Note: The provisions of this §229.5 adopted to be effective April 18, 2010, 35 TexReg 2849