September SGS and SAF Newsletter

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Texas Education Agency, System of Great Schools, Center for School Actions

September 2022

System Support Newsletter


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From the System Support Team

Happy September! The System Support team held several meetings for our SGS and SAF districts in August. As the school year gets underway, we are here to support all the great work you are doing within your districts.

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 Updates & Opportunities


First, we’d like to share some data: 

  • The number of A/B campuses in the SGS Network increased by >60% and cut the number of D/F campuses in the Network in half since 2019! 
  • SAF grantees more than doubled the number of A/B campuses since 2019, and also cut their D/Frated campuses in half. 

We’re so proud of the SGS Network and School Action Fund districts and the hard work of their teachers, students, and campus leaders during these trying times. Thank you for acting boldly on behalf of your students!

Read about the statewide improvements in STAAR results and accountability ratings on the TEA News Releases

Next, please join us in welcoming our new Associate Commissioner of Systems Innovation, Andrew Hodge! Prior to joining TEA, Andrew held roles as a high school math teacher, instructional coach, and district leader in talent management. Andrew will oversee the new Division of System Innovation, which will include SGS/SAF, Strategic Compensation, Tutoring Supports, and Expanded Learning Models. 

Lasara Elementary, a K-8 campus, had strong academic growth that helped the campus receive a B-rating for the 2021-22 school year.  The campus developed a strong relationship with its ESC Region 1, and the district provided leadership resources to support instruction at the lower grade levels. The campus is implementing a blended learning station rotation instructional model that is helping to meet the needs of all students. These efforts, along with the adoption of high-quality instructional materials in both ELAR and Math, resulted in the campus improving its overall accountability score by 24 points.

The Holdsworth Center is accepting applications for their 5-year Partnership and new 18-month Leadership Collaborative programs. They are looking for superintendents at Texas public school districts (serving 5,500 students and more) who are committed to prioritizing leadership in their districts. Read more about the application process

Save the dates for the 2022-2023 SGS Learning Labs: 

  • October 12-13, 2022 Ector County ISD (Registration is closed)
  • November 9-10, 2022 Seguin ISD (Registration will open in September)
  • February 8-9, 2023 Edgewood ISD
  • March 1-2, 2023 Crowley ISD

The Professional Learning and Tools and Resources (PLTR) course catalog is available to SGS CIOs. PLTR courses include Annual School Planning, Funding Formula Redesign, Enrollment Equity, and Theory of Action. Districts that are new to SGS are encouraged to enroll in Annual School Planning and Theory of Action. Questions? Please contact


 Network News

Dr.  Angelica Ramsey has been named the lone finalist for the Fort Worth ISD superintendent position. 

A study conducted by Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes shows that students in San Antonio charter schools had significant learning gains in reading and similar learning gains in math in comparison to students across the state. 

Judson ISD asks voters to approve a 345.3 million bond issue to dedicate funds to safety and security, and to building new schools and a transportation facility.

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