The Leadership Loop

Feb. 8, 2023

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2023 2025 ESF-Focus Support Grant

Attention all federally identified Comprehensive Support, Targeted Support, and Additional Targeted Support Campuses-

It is that time again! TEA is tentatively opening the ESF-Focus Support Grant application on March 13th. This will be a 2-year grant that will award the campus around $100,000. As with the last cycle, the campus will be required to choose two pathways, they can either work with ESC 18 and TIL (Texas Instructional Leadership) or a VIP.

Please consider applying for this grant opportunity if you are a qualifying campus. The campus allotment for Comprehensive Support campuses outside of this grant has been drastically reduced by TEA in lieu of funding this grant.

Please see the following links for more info-


SI Grant Webpage

Also, TEA will hold a zoom info session-

Topic: 2023-2025 ESF Focused Support Grant Information Session

When: Feb 24, 2023, 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this webinar:

A-F Accountability Reset and Cut Scores

In order to align letter grades and scores used in the A–F academic accountability system to the common conception of letter grades, raw domain, and component scores are adjusted, or “scaled.”

Performance Reporting has updated the online scaling tool to assist with the conversion of 2023 raw domain and component scores to scaled scores. Please note, the graduation rate component does not use the scaling process. This component is scaled using a conversion table provided in the scaling tool. The methodology and formulas for scaling domains and components are provided in the Preliminary 2023 A–F Refresh Cut Scores and Scaling Resources document and will be published in Chapter 5 of the 2023 Accountability Manual which will be released later this spring.

TAA:2023 A–F Refresh: Release of Cut Scores, Scaling Resources, and Amendment to the State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan

ESSA Appendix A

Chart used to figure 0-4 points in Domain III

AEA cut Scores

AEA cut scores and scaling resources for the 2023 A–F refresh are available on the 2023 Accountability Development webpage, including the following:

  • Preliminary 2023 A–F Refresh Cut Scores and Scaling Resources provide baseline data sources as well as 2023 scaled score lookup tables for domain and domain component scores (updated January 25, 2023)
  • Preliminary 2023 A–F Refresh Scaled Score Conversion Tool (coming soon) can be used to determine the scaled score associated with a domain or domain component score
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Q: TEA describes limiting the percentage of graduates who only meet CCMR criteria via a sunsetting IBC to five graduates, or 20 percent, of graduates, whichever is higher. Does this mean a 20 percent cap on the total sunsetting IBCs earned?

A: TEA proposes limiting the percentage of graduates who only meet CCMR criteria via a sunsetting IBCs to five graduates or 20 percent of the total annual graduates, whichever is higher.

Example: Texas High School has 200 annual graduates. 50 graduates earned ONLY a sunsetting IBC as their CCMR credit. With the limit, Texas High School would receive credit for 40 of these graduates (20 percent of the total annual graduates), and ten of these graduates would not generate CCMR credit. This limit would be applied within Student Achievement and School Progress, Part B: Relative Performance, and would not be applied within Closing the Gaps.

Q: Why does the Highly Mobile student group not also include military-connected students?

A: The statewide average baseline data for military-connected students are about twice as high as the baseline for the other High Focus student groups. Including military-connected data would have affected targets by making them higher. As rates of military-connected students may vary widely from district to district, excluding this data produced targets that are fair yet rigorous for all districts.

Join Us For Training

We are offering two sessions to learn about the changes to the A-F Accountability system.

Join us either February 14th or February 28th as we compare and contrast the changes and help you understand how they will affect you.

The session will be 9-12 AM with a come-and-go optional support session from 1:30-4 PM in the afternoon.

Feb. 14th- Session #505593

Feb. 28th- Session #505594

Submission Dates

Progress 2 Submission- is Due by March 3rd in ISAM (artifacts are to be included)

Progress 3 Submission- is Due by June 3rd in ISAM (STAAR data as available should be included)

TELPAS Writing and Accountability

Here is the Overview of the ESSA Amendment: (See page 3)

As the TELPAS writing domain is being updated for 2023, TEA is proposing evaluating the ELP component differently for 2023 accountability.

  • TELPAS results are evaluated at the domain level in place of the composite rating.
  • A student is considered to have made progress if the student advances or is scored as Advanced High or Basic Fluency, in at least two of the three domains from the prior year (2022) to the current year (2023).
  • The three evaluated domains are listening, speaking, and reading.
  • Only students evaluated in all three domains in both 2022 and 2023 are evaluated.
  • For 2024, the ELP methodology will return to the use of the TELPAS composite rating.

TELPAS Writing and Reclassification

At the end of the school year, a district may reclassify an emergent bilingual (EB) student/English Learner (EL) as English proficient if the student is able to participate equally in an English instructional program with no second language acquisition supports as determined by satisfactory performance in the following assessment areas below and the results of a subjective teacher evaluation using the state’s Emergent Bilingual/English Learner Reclassification Rubric. Given the release date for the TELPAS Writing scores, LEAs will be have a 30 calendar day extension in the Fall of 2023, to allow language proficiency assessment committees (LPACs) to meet and consider possible reclassification. LPACs should continue considering all 4 language domains using the 2023 TELPAS Assessment for reclassification purposes. The current Emergent Bilingual/English Learner Reclassification Criteria chart is still applicable for the 2022 –2023 school year.

Performance Reporting Calendar

February: Updated 2023 A–F System Framework Release

Late March: Alternative Education Accountability (AEA) Campus Registration Window

April-May: What If Report (TEAL and Public Web) Release
April-May: Preliminary 2023 Accountability Manual Release

Late May: College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) Verifier Corrections Window

August 2023: Final 2023 Accountability Manual (All Chapters and Appendices) Release

September 2023: Accountability ratings under the refreshed system released

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Texas 88th Legislative Session

In January, the Texas Legislature gaveled in for its 88th legislative session. Over the next several months, both the Senate and the House of Representatives will write bills, hear testimony, and pass laws that will affect Texas citizens. You can navigate to the Texas Legislature Online website to stay updated on filed bills, track legislation, and receive bill and meeting alerts.


For Districts that Passed

Districts are encouraged to attend our following webinars:

· Understanding the Step 2 Data Validation Report February 8th at 1:00 p.m.

· Annual TIA Survey Content and Logistics on February 28th at 9:30 a.m.

· Annual Program Submission Expectations and Timeline on February 28th at 10:30 a.m.

· Class Roster Winter Submission training on March 1st at 10:00 a.m.

· Allotment Verification training on April 26th at 11:00 a.m.

For Districts that Did Not Pass

Districts are highly encouraged to attend the Understanding the Step 2 Data Validation Report today at 1:00 p.m. They may continue to implement their system based on their accepted Step 1 System Application. Fees will be reimbursed through the Foundation School Program as part of the September settle-up process and not held in escrow – a new policy implemented based on district feedback.

Districts that have an approved local designation system (or passed data validation before), are also encouraged to attend the sessions mentioned above.

Cohorts A-D

Cohorts A-E (excluding Cohort A renewals)

Cohort F

Proclamation 2024 State Review Panel (SRP) Members Needed

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) needs volunteers to review materials under Proclamation 2024 (which includes the new Personal Financial Literacy and Economics course as well as science, technology applications, and several career and technical education courses). Teachers, administrators, parents, business community members, and others with appropriate content knowledge are welcome. Please consider joining us—or nominating someone else to join us—for the Proclamation 2024 state review panel (SRP) by submitting a Proclamation 2024 SRP Application. Candidates must be available during June or July 2023 and be able to read on a computer screen for an extended period.

African American History Month

Each year, during February, we celebrate the history and cultural contributions of African Americans in the United States. Students learn about the achievements, perspectives, struggles, and experiences of African Americans throughout more than 400 years of American history. The TEA web page for African American History Month provides a variety of resources, including, lessons, activities, and instructional materials, that can be used to honor African American History Month.
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ESC 18 Support

If you are looking for some great support for your campus or district we are here for you at Region 18. All you have to do is put in a professional development request and our staff will work with you to create a support plan specifically for you.