TEA to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

March 08, 2021 • Sarah James

TEA to Evaluate Educator Preparation Programs

To assess educator preparation program (EPP) effectiveness and provide appropriate support, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is collecting data via the annual principal and first-year teacher surveys.

First-year teachers and their principals are required by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) to complete a survey about the preparation of those teachers. The principal surveys are located in the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS), and principals will complete a survey for each first-year teacher on their campus. Teacher surveys will be sent as a link via email. Early career teachers should update their email address in ECOS prior to March 26, 2021.

Key dates include:

  • March 8, 2021: HR personnel access ECOS to verify principal roster
  • April 1, 2021: Principals access surveys, teachers receive survey link
  • June 15, 2021: Final date for principal and teacher survey submission

TEA and SBEC acknowledge the challenges educators are facing this year, and there will be no negative consequences for not completing the survey. More information can be found on the TEA website.


Sarah James is the communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Sarah an email at sarah.james@tasb.org.


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