Critical Issues in Human
October 16, 2013
Presented by
Melissa Aguero Ramirez
Welcome, Introductions, &
Educator Preparation Programs
NCLB HQ Survey 13 - 14
• TAA Letter dated 8/1/13
• Sample 13-14 NCLB HQ survey
• Region One ESC Contact:
– Dr. Tina McIntyre (984-6027) or
– Melissa Aguero Ramirez (984-6100) or
• TEA NCLB Contact:
Linda Freeman (512) 936-6366
– Anita Villarreal (512) 463-9213
NCLB 2013-2014 Timeline
• September 16 - Snapshot Date
• November 15 - eGrant PR1100 deadline
• December 16 –
– LEA Public Reporting,
– Principal Attestations,
– Improvement Planning Process
• June 15 End of Year eGrant PR1100 deadline
Continued uses of HOUSE
Rural multi subject secondary teachers
Multi-subject Sp. Ed. Teachers (after 1 year of teaching)
Visiting international teacher (good for 3 years)
Secondary foreign language teacher (until tests created)
TEA approval
Elementary* – eligible during 09-10
Secondary* – any experienced secondary teacher
* Updates / revised
CTE courses = HQ requirement
• Science: Advanced Animal Science, Advanced Biotechnology, Advanced Plant and
Soil Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Engineering Design and Problem Solving,
Food Science, Forensic Science, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Principles
of Technology, Scientific Research and Design
• Mathematics: Mathematical Application in Agriculture, Food, and Natural
Resources; Statistics and Risk Management; Advanced Quantitative Reasoning
• English: Business English
• Fine Arts: Principles and Elements of Floral Design, Digital Art and Animation, 3-D
Modeling and Animation
Paraprofessional Requirements
• an Associate’s degree or higher; OR
• have completed two years of study at an
institute of higher education, OR
• passed a rigorous state or local assessment
demonstrating one of the following:
1.Knowledge of and the ability to assist in
instructing in the core academic subject areas;
2.Reading readiness, writing readiness, or
mathematics readiness, as appropriate
Institution of Higher Education –
Paraprofessional Requirements
1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation
from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent
of such a certificate;
2) is legally authorized within such State to provide a program of education
beyond secondary education;
3) provides an educational program for which the institution awards a
bachelor’s degree or provides not less than a two-year program that is
acceptable for full credit toward such a degree;
4) is a public or other non-profit institution; and
5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association
or, if not so accredited, is an institution that has been granted preaccreditation by such an agency or association that has been recognized
by the Secretary for the granting of pre-accreditation status, and the
Secretary has determined that there is satisfactory assurance that the
institution will meet the accreditation standards of such an agency or
association within a reasonable time.
• Randomly selected
• 3 separate processes
– Teacher Status Validation
• TEA validates LEA’s determination of HQ status
• Starts in October
– Principal Attestation Validation
• LEA will submit principal’s attestation(s) as requested
• Starts after 12/16/13
– Parent Notification Validation
• LEA will submit copies of letter to parents notifying them that
child was taught for 4 or more weeks by a teacher that wasn’t
• Starts in late September
NCLB sample forms
• The following forms can be found at
– Parent “Right to Know” notification of teacher
– Parent notification of child being taught by a
Teacher that is not HQ
– Principal Attestation
NCLB Sample Worksheets
• Teacher worksheets:
– For Elementary teachers (PK – 6)
New Elementary Teacher
Experienced Elementary Teacher
Elementary HOUSE
Elementary Special Education
– For Secondary teachers (7 – 12)
Secondary Teacher
Secondary HOUSE
Secondary Special Education
Secondary Special Education HOUSE
Secondary CTE/Technology Applications
Secondary CTE/Technology Applications HOUSE
• Instructional Aide worksheet:
LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers
• NCLB requires completion of an improvement plan
– TEA will notify LEAs when an improvement plan is required
• Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement
Planning process (DUE 12/16/13)
– HQTFDA (Highly Qualified Teacher focused Data Analysis)
– HQTCIP (Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement
– Submittal checklist
LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers
– Template & instructions available
– Support provided by Region 1 ESC
– Equitable distribution of Highly Qualified Teachers (LEA will be
notified by TEA if need to complete equity analysis)
– Strategies & activities identified here must be incorporated into
LEA’s district improvement plan.
LEA consequences for not reaching 100% HQ Teachers
• Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Planning
– LEA must submit a Highly Qualified Teacher Focused Data Analysis
– a Highly Qualified Teacher Continuous Improvement Plan (HQTCIP).
– By December 15, 2012
• Content Requirements for Letters Submitted in Lieu of
Exceptions to consequences
• If not HQ due to multi-subject new special
education teacher or multi-subject rural
teacher flexibility
– NOT required to submit interventions to TEA
– Interventions are to be maintained locally
– Must send letter to NCLB notifying them that this
is what they are doing
Exceptions to consequences
• If not 100% HQ on 9/16/13 (“as of date”) but 100% by
12/16/13, the LEA must:
– Update campus report(s) on website AND
– Submit a letter to NCLB stating that are now 100% HQ
NCLB Technical Assistance
• NCLB Overview Technical Assistance
– October 16, 2013
• 1 – 4 p.m.
• Workshop # 41480
• NCLB HQTCIP Technical Assistance Workshop
– November 21, 2013
• 9 – 12 noon
• Workshop #41481
Certification Update
Excerpt from
Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators
Fall Support Staff Conference
September 16, 2012
Kerri Elzie
Certification Specialist
Texas Education Agency
230.1 Definitions
(14) Mentor – A certified educator who is assigned by the
campus administrator and who has completed, within the
past three years, mentor training provided by an
educator preparation program, education service center,
campus, or school district. Responsibilities of the mentor
include, but are not limited to:
(A) guiding, assisting, and supporting the beginning
teacher in areas such as acquisition of instructional
materials, classroom management, curriculum and
instruction, district policy, parent involvement, and
student assessment; and
(B) providing information to the educator preparation
program regarding the progress of the beginning
teacher seeking a new certification.
Subchapter D – Types and Classes
of Certificates
230.37 – Probationary Certificates
(e)(1)Demonstrate knowledge of each subject area to be taught:
(A) at the elementary school level (EC-6) by passing an
appropriate certification examination.
(B) at the middle or high school level (Grades 7-12)
(i) by passing an appropriate content area certification
(ii) completing coursework that complies with TEC §21.050 and
comprised of not fewer than 24 semester credit hours, including
12 semester credit hours of upper division coursework in the
subject area taught, or
(iii) in the case of CTE assignments based on skill and experience,
by satisfying requirements for that subject area contained in §
233.14 (relating to Career and Technical Education Certificates
requiring experience and preparation in a skill area).
Subchapter D – Types and Classes
of Certificates
230.37 – Probationary Certificates
(e)(2)The individual in a special education classroom teaching assignment must
demonstrate both knowledge in special education and knowledge of each subject to
be taught,
(A) at the elementary school level (EC-6),
(i) by passing a certification examination appropriate to the grade level or subject
matter assignment, and
(ii) by passing a special education examination
(B) at the middle or high school level (Grades 7-12)
(i) by either
(I) passing a certification examination appropriate to the individual’s subject
matter assignment, or
(II) completing coursework comprised of not fewer than 24 semester hours,
including 12 semester hours of upper division coursework in the subject area
(II) by passing a special education examination.
Subchapter D – Types and Classes
of Certificates
230.37 – Probationary Certificates
(f) Probationary certificate for professional class certificates:
Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, School Librarian,
Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist, and Master Teacher
- meet all requirements prescribed by the EPP, based on the
qualifications and requirements for the class of certification sought
and duties to be performed by the holder of a certificate in that class
- be accepted and enrolled in an approved EPP
- be assigned in the professional class certification area being sought in a
Texas school district, open-enrollment charter school or other school
approved by TEA.
- subject to all the terms and conditions of a probationary certificate
Subchapter E – Educational Aide
230.53 (c) An applicant for an educational
aide certificate must be able to
communicate, listen, read, write and
comprehend the English language
sufficiently to use it easily and readily in
daily communication.
See 230.11(b)(1)-(5) for general
requirements and options for meeting
English proficiency.
Subchapter F – Permits
230.77 (g) Assignment for other instructional
and support personnel
(3) School Librarian (EC-12) must:
(A) hold a bachelor’s degree
(B) have completed 12 semester credit
hours directly related to the basic
competencies required of school librarians
(C) have two creditable years of
classroom teaching experience
Subchapter F – Permits
230.77 (g) Assignment for other instructional and support
(4) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) instructor:
(A) An individual must verify that he or she has satisfied
requirements and been approved to serve by the ROTC,
(B) An ROTC instructor permit may not be renewed, but
must be reissued every year.
NOTE: Districts will no longer be able to carry the ROTC
instructor each year of renewal on a service record, but must
apply and pay for a permit each year.
Subchapter F – Permits
230.81 Renewal Requirements and Procedures
(5) (D)Renewals must be completed online
prior to the beginning date of duties for the
current school year and
(E) The school district must pay the
appropriate fee.
Local renewal is no longer available.
Bilingual Permit clarification
- “Demonstrate proficiency in comprehension
and expression by having a passing score on
an appropriate SBEC approved examination”
- Defined as BTLPT for Bilingual Spanish
- ACTFL for other languages
Chapter 232 – Subchapter A
232.7 Requirements for Certificate Renewal
(a)(1) TEA shall notify educators by email at
least 6 months prior to the expiration date.
(2) TEA shall consider requests for hardship
extension of renewal for:
- catastrophic illness of the educator or an
immediate family member.
- military service of the educator.
Chapter 232 – Subchapter A
232.15 Types of Acceptable CPE Activities
(a)(1) participating in institutes, workshops, seminars,
conferences, interactive distance learning, video
conferencing, online activities, and in-service or staff
development by an approved provider or sponsor, which
are related to or enhance the professional knowledge
and skills of the educator. Staff development through
accredited public or private schools in other states, U.S.
territories, or countries can be accepted.
Chapter 232 – Subchapter A
232.15 Types of Acceptable CPE Activities
(a) (2) undergraduate or graduate courses or training taken
for credit through an accredited institution of higher
(3) independent study (20% limit)
(4) developing, teaching, or presenting CPE (10% limit)
(5) mentor another educator (30% limit)
Principal Assessment no longer included since this
activity was repealed by the legislature and removed
from Chapter 241 requirements related to the Principal
Language Proficiency Exams for
Bilingual Certification
Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT) is no longer
given or accepted for certification
Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test
(BTLPT) is used for bilingual certification
when the target language is Spanish
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL) – for bilingual in
languages other than Spanish – oral and
written tests required
Contact Information
Website –
Email through TEA website – Educator Certification
Contact Page
Live Chat with Educator Certification
Option 1 – Recorded General Information
Option 2 – Educator Certification Staff
Option 3 – Fingerprinting Staff
Option 4 – Educator Standards Staff
Option 5 – Legal Information
Option 6 – Investigations Staff
Service Record Clarifications
• TRS rules ≠ TEA rules
• TEC vs. TAC
• If dock days, service record #days worked
• 1 year of service per line
• Must create service record for ALL employees
– substitute teachers (note certified or not)
• Does NOT need to be certified in Texas
Personal Leave Days
• 5 days available at beginning of year
– Ability to pro-rate if they leave
• Days for ALL employees (PT, FT, retirees, etc.)
– “value” of day depends on regular workday hours
– District can NOT restrict order of use of leave
– CAN have fractions of days as a balance
Charter Schools
• NOT required to issue state days
• NOT required to meet state minimum salary
• NOT required to have Chapter 21 contracts
Criminal History Reminder
TEC §38.022(a)
– authorizes a school to require school visitors to display either a driver’s
license or some other unspecified form of government photographic
– does not authorize retaining a paper copy of a driver’s license or other
personal identification.
– Thus, if a driver’s license is not required for electronic database purposes,
a CPS photographic identification card may be accepted for identification
purposes, and further verification, if deemed necessary, may be obtained
by calling the local CPS office.
– Questions? Contact Andrew Allen, Assistant Counsel, at (512) 936-8238
Class Size Waiver
• No letter will be sent
• Available on TEAL – automated waiver system
Presented by
Eduardo Garcia, Specialist – CTE
Presented by
Belia Granado, Specialist – Student Data Analyst
Bilingual Education
Presented by
Amy Mares, Coordinator – Bilingual Education
• Bilingual Ed Exceptions / Waivers for ESL
– Due November 1, 2013
– Emailed directly by Superintendent
– TEA contact: Susie Coultress 512-463-9581
• Teacher Fluency requirements
Texas Student Data System (TSDS)
Transition and Implementation Plan
Presented by
James Mendoza, Administrator– Technology
Region One ESC trainings
• HR 101
– Wednesday, January 31, 2013
– 9-4
– Workshop # 41519
• Service Records and Creditable Years of Service
Substitute Teacher Certification
• District trainings
• Online trainings
• ESC trainings
– November 19 and 20 #41475
– January 9 and 10
2013-2014 Schedule of HR meetings
• December 18, 2013 – workshop #41340
• February 20, 2014 - workshop #41341
• April 25, 2014 - workshop #41342
• August 29, 2014 - workshop #41343
Fall Job Fairs
October 29, 2013 – University of Texas at Austin
November 6, 2013 - Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
November 6, 2013 – Texas State University - San Marcos
November 7, 2013 – University of Texas - San Antonio
November 7, 2013- University of Texas – Brownsville
November 8, 2013 - University of Texas Pan American
TASB trainings at Region One ESC
• Rules of Engagement – determining
employment status
• Get a Grip on the FMLA
TASPA Activities
• TASB/TASPA HR Administrators’ Academy –
October 28-29, 2013- Registration Now Open!
• TASPA/Legal Digest Personnel Law Conference for
School Administrators – December 11, 2013
• TASPA/TAEE Winter Conference Presented by
Aesop/Frontline Placement Technologies –
December 11-13, 2013
TASB Surveys
• District Personnel Survey
Email Invitation: September 5
Due Date: October 18
• Extra-Duty Stipend Survey
Email Invitation: November 4
Due Date: November 27
Regional Salary Survey
Thank you to everyone that participated!
Happy Bosses Day!

Critical Issues in Human Resources