Chief Academic Officer November Bulletin

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Texas Education Agency

Chief Academic Officers

 Office of Academics 

November 6th, 2018

November bulletin

Dear Chief Academic Officer,

Welcome to this month’s update curated for district Chief Academic Officers. As always, please feel free to reach out with ideas and questions, either to me or to the points of contact in the content below. I look forward to connecting with you.



Penny Schwinn
Chief Deputy Commissioner, Office of Academics

Draft Pilot IMQE Rubric

The goal of the Instructional Materials Quality Evaluation (IMQE) pilot is to provide LEAs with free, transparent, and user-friendly information about the quality of instructional materials. Review teams consisting of Texas educators will use a Texas-specific rubric to evaluate the quality of materials and write comprehensive reviews. The rubric will serve as the backbone of the review process, so it is crucial that TEA receive input from Texas educators to ensure the rubric will provide helpful information. There are two ways to share feedback on the draft version: 1) use the feedback form (linked below); and 2) share feedback on an upcoming webinar. The deadline for feedback is November 15. 


Submit Feedback


College and Career Ready School Models

Campuses are invited to apply for planning year designation for College and Career Readiness School Models (CCRSM) to receive specialized technical assistance. The Texas CCRSM Network is a network of Early College High Schools (ECHS), Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies, Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA), and Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH). Applications for the planning year must be submitted online on or before 5:00 p.m. CST on November 16.


Apply Here


Dyslexia and Related Disorders Reporting Study

TEA seeks to understand the reporting procedures used by school districts and open-enrollment charter schools regarding the dyslexia indicator in the Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). To do so, TEA has contracted with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct a study investigating the processes and procedures currently used by school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and their campuses to identify and report students with dyslexia and other related disorders. Beginning on October 15, 2018, AIR will survey districts and charter schools via an online survey.


Read the TAA


Changes to the Texas Assessment Program

Please read the Student Assessment correspondence sent on September 28, 2018 that provides information about important changes to the Texas Assessment Program for the 2018–2019 school year.


Read the Email


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