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ESSA Tools for LEAs

June 19, 2018

In the fall of 2016, TEA announced a new comprehensive strategic plan outlining the Agency’s transformative effort to improve alignment, focus, and performance in service of strengthening academic outcomes for over five million students in public schools across Texas.

This effort, which included extensive research and stakeholder engagement, resulted in the development of a new mission supported by four strategic priorities and three enablers that will drive and focus TEA’s work going forward.

ESSA offers LEAs greater flexibility for using federal funds to effectively implement comprehensive, districtwide research-based initiatives that maximize student academic outcomes, particularly for those students at risk of not meeting challenging state academic assessment standards.

ESSA renews the U.S. Department of Education’s emphasis on comprehensive needs assessments and improvement planning. The new regulations increase LEAs’ responsibilities for monitoring student outcomes, coordinated use of federal funds, and for offering high-quality guidance and technical assistance to schools engaged in continuous improvement planning.

The following pages offer ESSA resources for continuous improvement planning, instructional best practices aligned to the State Consolidated Plan and TEA Strategic Priorities, and monitoring student outcomes.

Tools for Schedule PS3001--Needs Assessment, Priorities, and Program Outcomes

Strategic Priority #1: Recruit, Support, and Retain Teacher and Principals

Strategic Priority #2: Build a Foundation in Reading and Math

Strategic Priority #3: Connect High School to Career and College

Strategic Priority #4: Improve Low-Performing Schools 

(Texas Education Agency,

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