State Accountability Interventions
A major responsibility of the Division of Program Monitoring and Interventions implementation of the requirements of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, Subchapter E, Accreditation Interventions and Sanctions. This occurs within the context of the state's Academic Accountability Rating System. The division develops and implements interventions and sanctions for districts and campuses rated academically unacceptable in the state's Academic Accountability Rating System. The division also implements interventions for those campuses that are rated acceptable but that would not satisfy performance standards if the accountability standards for the subsequent year were applied.The division uses performance information from the Division of Performance Reporting to identify for intervention those districts and campuses with performance concerns.
The division intervenes with districts and campuses using a variety of strategies, including district/charter improvement planning, agency desk review, appointment of a monitor, conservator, management team, and/or campus intervention team, or other sanctions and interventions referenced in TEC, Chapter 39. Interventions and sanctions are referenced in the sections listed below. Other references to investigations, interventions, and sanctions are reflected throughout TEC, Chapter 39. The extent and duration of performance concerns are considered in the determination of interventions and sanctions. Additionally, pertinent rules can be referenced at 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions.
Federal Accountability Interventions
The State of Texas has secured a conditional waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for specific provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Under the provisions of Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, the state is required to provideinterventions to improve identified low-performing schools. Schools were identified as priority or focus according to waiver Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support. Priority and focus schools are required to begin and/or continue engaging in the Texas Accountability Intervention System (TAIS) improvement process and align it around the ESEA turnaround principles and critical success factors (CSFs). The district is responsible for assisting identified schools in all aspects of the school improvement process, which include data analysis, needs assessment, and developing, implementing, and monitoring a plan for improvement. The Division of School Improvement and Support provides technical assistance through the Texas Center for District and School Support (TCDSS) at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 13. TCDSS, partnered with local ESC Turnaround Teams, will support districts and schools in the TAIS school improvement process and meeting intervention requirements of the waiver.
Additional information about Federal Accountability staging and SIP requirements may directed to the Division of School Improvement and Support (http://www.tea.state.tx.us/ESEAFlex_Principle2.aspx) by phone at (512) 463-7582 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Intervention Guidance and Resources are available to assist campuses and districts in conducting the required activities for each level of intervention. Important monitoring and intervention information as well as updates to the Program Monitoring and Interventions (PMI) website and ISAM will be shared through the PMI division listserv. Subscribe to TEA updates on this topic.
*To request access to ISAM via TEASE, visit the online request page at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2728.