Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has adopted a final version of new professional standards for teachers. The standards are meant to “inform” teachers’ training, evaluations and professional development. Earlier this year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) invited public comments on drafts of standards for both teachers and principals. Read ATPE’s comments on the proposed teacher standards here.
The adopted teacher standards go into effect June 30, 2014, and reflect a few changes from the original draft proposed by Commissioner Williams back in December 2013. Most of the revisions are minor, but in some instances the changes reflect higher expectations for teachers. For instance, Standard 3 now requires teachers to have “expertise in” rather than merely “understand” vertical and horizontal alignment of the content being taught. Standard 1, relating to instructional planning and delivery, includes designing lessons to meet the needs of diverse learners and differentiating instruction; that standard was augmented to hold teachers responsible for “accelerating,” “remediating” and “implementing” individual education plans of students.
View the adopted teacher standards here; phrases shown in red include language that was changed from the commissioner’s original draft. The adopted rule with TEA’s background information and rationale behind the changes will be posted in the June 27 edition of the Texas Register.
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