The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Best Practices Clearinghouse (BPC) was established by House Bill 1, Section 2.02, under the 79th Legislature. As revised by House Bill 3, Section 1, during the 81st Legislature in May 2009, Texas Education Code §7.009 directs TEA to establish an online clearinghouse of information relating to the best practices of campuses, school districts, and open-enrollment charter schools. The purpose of the BPC is to support Texas schools in meeting the educational needs of all students by providing a centralized location for schools to share evidence-based best practices. Resources for Learning (RFL) and ICF International (ICF) are partnering with TEA in the development and implementation of the BPC.
The BPC features Best Practice Summaries collected from campuses, districts, and charter schools that are consistently high performing or that have demonstrated improvement in student performance and/or campus and district operations. Best Practice Summaries address programs and practices that focus on the areas of instruction, dropout prevention, college and career readiness, English language learners, structures to support learning (i.e., organizational strategies such as professional learning communities), and business/management.
The BPC focuses on locally developed programs and practices and local implementation of branded interventions. An important goal of the BPC is to provide practitioners with actionable information used to adapt best practices for local implementation. Best Practice Summaries offer detailed steps for implementation, including training needs, cost components, timelines, and lessons learned.
Beginning with new practices added during the 2009–10 school year, Best Practice Summaries are assigned one of three BPC Evidence Types that describe the quality of evidence that supports the practice. The BPC Evidence Types are based on a Research Framework that outlines a process of assessing evidence that asks questions related to important aspects of interpreting research findings. From the Research Framework, Screening Parameters and Evidence Standards were developed to ensure that information associated with each summary presented in the BPC provides clear detail and appropriate cautions for consumers of research. Additionally, the Evidence Standards have been benchmarked with national best practice efforts. The Evidence Standards are working guidelines and are modified as necessary to reflect feedback from the field and closer alignment with educator needs.
Best practice summaries included in the BPC are identified through several strategies:
- TEA and State Programs as identified by TEA staff
- Analysis of Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) data
- Analysis of student- and campus-level Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data
- Awards and Recognition Programs, such as
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program
- Broad Prize for Urban Education
- Exceptional Use of High School Allotment (HSA) Funds
- Title I Distinguished Performance and Distinguished Progress Schools
- School District/Campus Self-Nominations
To indicate interest in sharing a best practice, see the Submit a Best Practice page.
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