Region 15 Education Service Center

Weekly Newsletter - February 17, 2020

A couple of dates to keep on your calendar:

-April RAC/TASA meeting will be held at ESC 15 on April 15th, at 9am. Just a reminder that this is the meeting that we roll out pricing and any additional services for the new year.

-We have reached out to TEA (Tim Regal) for dates for a Teacher Incentive Allotment workshop and will share with you when I get them.

The TASA meeting with ASU was a great meeting, and I will share with you the handouts and any additional information from ASU as soon as they share.

We hope that you have a great week!

Thank you,

Casey Callahan, Ed.D.


Superintendent Services

Primary Election Reminder

Early voting for the March 3 primaries starts this Tuesday, February 18, and will run through February 28.

School Board Training – EISO

(Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes)

If ALL board members and the superintendent attend the training, you will be able to receive credit for both EISO (required every other year) and Team Building.

A Meal will be served at 5:30 P.M. before each training.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Junction 6-9 P.M.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - ESC 15 6-9 P.M.

To participate in the EISO / Team Building training,

please contact Laura Strube or Sheri Durham


APRIL 2, 2020 - REGION 15 - MEAL WILL BE SERVED - Christie Hebert - Austin DPS will be here with LAWS & RULES - Register Here

Texas School Safety Center Video Series

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Digital Threat Assessment is tentatively scheduled for April 21-22, 2020 at ESC 15. Information will be sent when registration links are available.



Districts interested in applying for the Local Accountability System are encouraged to sign up with one of the two webinars offered this spring by TEA.


This hour-long webinar for ESC 15 will introduce district responsibilities,statute requirements, local accountability system plan development, how to get started, and more! Time will also be allotted for participant questions.

March 6, 20201 p.m.

Register Here:

Texas Rural Schools Spring Conference -- Click Here for Flyer

February Monthly Reminders are located at the end of the newsletter.

Laura Strube



Business and Finance

Here is a preview of one of the discussions that will take place at the February 26, 2020 - Template Update Session #034131 - preparing for 20-21:

M & O Tax Rates will be set by TEA and sent to you in the summer of 2020. They will use the April Preliminary Values from your CAD as a basis to determine what has happened to your values - gone up or down. The percentage increase or decrease in individual district’s property values will impact the M & O tax rate. A sneak preview of what that looks like is described in the table below.

Big picture

February 26, 2020 - Template Update Session #034131

March 25, 2020 - FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT Training. This is a TASBO sponsored workshop and registration is through TASBO. Recommended for any personnel that works with payroll and/or approves time sheets - payroll staff, secretaries, principals, business managers, superintendents.

Public Funds Investment Training - TASBO - April 29, 2020 - In San Angelo - registration is through TASBO.

Henri Gearing



Curriculum and Instruction

2020 DMAC User's Meeting

FEBRUARY 19, 2020 | 9 AM - 12 PM | Bring your own Device

ESC 15 - PECAN; SESSION# 034942

Register HERE

Have you DMAC’d lately?

Come join the DMAC team as we highlight some of the latest enhancements to the software! There is always more to see! A few of the areas we’ll cover include:

  • TAG: Big changes have been made to our online test item bank!
  • TEKScore: Online Student Responses and 1-click Reports from the Dashboards
  • LPAC: Digital signatures, new forms, reports and more
  • PlanWorks™ (Campus & Disrict Plans): Effective Schools Framework and the Commissioner’s 4 Priorities
  • RtI: Data exports, filtering for specific information and more in Response to Intervention
  • FormWorks®: Collecting and reporting on custom data Please note, this meeting will highlight information across A LOT of software in a short amount of time.

Need a flyer for your staff? Click HERE for full details.


Accountability 2020 TEA Presentation March 5 9:00 – 12:00

Registration Link:

Jonathon Delgado from TEA will be here to share updates on the accountability system.


Please check the attached flyer for more information on the Blended Math Academy opportunities.


On March 3, there will be a meeting for GT Coordinators/Leaders regarding the new State Plan. During this session, participants will review the new State Plan for the Education of Gifted Students and begin working on a district plan to meet the new state requirements. Participants should bring a copy of their district's current GT policy, any questions or concerns about their gifted program, and any other relevant documents.

Register at

For questions, please contact Torrey Clay at or 325-481-4045.


Pre-K Waiver is due by March 2, 2020. See information at link below.


Biology STAAR Wars Workshops are coming! Click below for more information.

Biology STAAR Wars Part 2 Macro - February 26, 2020


From the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality: We hold a K-5 art contest each year. It’s a statewide contest where students depict how they take care of the Texas environment. The students that submit the best art can win a tablet or laptop computer. This link will give you more details about the contest.

For your curriculum and instruction needs, please contact

David Bedford



Data Services

For your data service needs, please contact

John Shaffer

325 481-4096


Administrative Services

For Administrative Services assistance, please contact

Robin Graves



Federal Programs

Perkins V: Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) is Now Available

The CLNA-Special Collection (SC) 5600 is now available and can be accessed under the Special Collections tab in eGrants. The CLNA guidebook is available by selecting the instructions button within the SC5600.

The CLNA requires districts to evaluate CTE Learners’ performance on federal accountability measures in the aggregate and disaggregated by race, gender, migrant status, and special population groups (Section 3(48) of Perkins V).

Accessing Perkins V Baseline Data

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is providing data to support districts with completing the CLNA. The data is available in the TEA Login (TEAL website) within the accountability application. The following are two ways to access the data files:

  • Request data files from your district accountability department or person that accesses district accountability data in TEAL.
  • Obtain accountability application access in TEAL.

Two data files are available for download under the College, Career, and Military Preparation (CCMP) tab within the accountability application:

  • Perkins V CLNA Report (data spreadsheet)
  • Perkins V CLNA Supplemental Report (PDF)

The CLNA requires districts to evaluate the alignment between in-demand and high wage occupations and the programs of study offered within their district.

Labor Market Information

The TEA has provided statewide and regional labor market information identifying in-demand and high wage occupations organized by career clusters. The data is available at the following link : State and Regional LMI

Important Dates

The CLNA must be approved by the TEA prior to accessing the Perkins local application for 2020-2021. Below are important dates:

  • The CLNA deadline for submission is May 1, 2020
  • The CLNA will be reviewed by the TEA prior to May 31, 2020
  • Perkins local application opens on June 2, 2020

Perkins V State Plan

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requests public comment on the state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also referred to as Perkins V.

On July 31, 2018, the president signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into Law. Perkins V includes key changes that will impact the implementation of CTE programs, such as an added emphasis on programs of study, the addition of a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, and the introduction of new program quality indicators. The Texas Perkins V four-year state plan, covering all of the requirements of the Act, will be submitted to the US Department of Education upon approval by the Governor and State Board of Education in spring 2020.

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the state plan and provide comments. The TEA has developed an electronic form to help stakeholders submit public comment. The public comment period will close on March 17, 2020.

The full plan can be viewed here: Perkins V State Plan Document (PDF)

To provide feedback, please visit the following link: Perkins V State Plan Public Comment Form

Perkins V Executive Summary (PDF)

Perkins V Overview Presentation (PPT)

Please contact Traci Terrill if you have not attended a Perkins V training for more information.

For Federal Programs assistance, please contact

Robin Graves



Special Education

If you have Special Education-specific questions, please contact:

Jam Page

Special Education Director



February 2020 Monthly Reminders

Accountability and Assessment

Ensure Federal Report Card and School Report Card have been released and distributed

TELPAS window opens

Administration and Leadership

Check TEA/ESC website for update(s) on any changes resulting from the 86th Legislative Session

Develop district goals

Develop school calendar 2020-2021

Review Valedictorian & Salutatorian selection

Update Ask TED

Charter Specific

Expansion amendments open (TAC§100.1033(b)(9)&(10))

Federal and State Programs

Begin budget calendar and budget process for 2020-2021

Review/implement district/campus improvement plans in accordance with district planning process (TEC§11.251)


Begin bid for depository contract (due June 15th)

Calculate State Aid using end of fourth six weeks’ student data

Establish scope and details of financial audit

Calculate enrollment projections

Review student attendance figures as compared to prior year and budget projections

Review preliminary 2019 CPTD Values

Appeal preliminary 2019 CPTD Values, if necessary

Begin budget calendar and budget process for 2020-2021

Post metered amounts of electricity, water and gas consumption for which the district is required to pay and aggregate amounts of those services (Government Code, §2265.001(b), House Bill 3693, 80th Legislature, Regular Session)

Food and Nutrition

Food Service Management Company Request for Proposal deadline is February 15th

School Board

*Call Trustee election for May

Review Superintendent evaluation instrument & procedures, including training for new Trustees

*Administrator contracts

Review schedule for Texas Public Schools Week

*Approve school calendar

Schedule Board candidate workshop

*Approve waivers as needed

Review Trustee training requirements including 86th Legislative Session additions

Special Education

Begin budget process for 2020-2021

Monitor special education expenditures from the general fund to ensure on track for MOE (Maintenance of Effort) compliance

Texas Student Data System/PEIMS

Mid-Year PEIMS resubmission due to TEA on February 13th

State Performance Plan Indicator 14 (SPPI-14) submission due on February 20th

Classroom Roster winter snapshot date February 28th

*Requires Board action/approval