TEA Releases Preliminary ESSA Public Survey Results

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released preliminary results of a recently completed online survey regarding the state’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This preliminary report contains only the raw data output from the survey without any interpretation of the results. In addition, the documents contains only responses to the quantitative questions, the open-ended comment data will be analyzed and presented in a final report.

In the online survey that ran from Oct. 20 through Nov. 18, the agency recorded more than 29,000 responses from parents, taxpayers and the general public providing input on how the state should implement provisions of ESSA.

More than 22,000 of the respondents who finished some or all of the survey identified themselves as a teacher, or the parent or guardian of at least one student currently enrolled in a school. More than 1,000 respondents identified themselves as a student.

All respondents were provided an opportunity to address topics such as measuring school quality, preparing students for future success, increasing access to effective educators and school improvement. Highlights from the online survey include:

  • What should Texas adopt for its measure of school quality or success?

The top three choices among respondents: career and technical training; student engagement; and school climate and safety.

  • How can we ensure that all Texas students have a quality education that prepares them for success?

The top three choices among respondents: focused resources on learning in early grade levels; provide high-quality teacher training and supports; highlight best practices that have increased student outcomes.

  • What knowledge, experiences and skills should Texas students possess to be ready for success in college, careers and/or the military?

The top two choices among respondents were critical thinking and development of interpersonal skills.

  • What strategies can we use to ensure all students have access to high-quality teachers and principals across the state?

The top three choices among respondents were: increase teachers’ salaries; ensure school leaders have the flexibility to staff their schools based on the specific needs of their students and communities; and ensure that teacher preparation programs focus on the skills and practices most linked to student achievement.

  • What are the most important things we can do to improve struggling schools?

The top three choices among respondents were: provide more funding and resources for curricular materials, such as technology; offer incentives for excellent teachers to teach in those schools; and provide more funding and resources for wrap-around services like health care services, behavioral health services or parent education offerings.

Finally, the online survey provided respondents an opportunity to provide comments on all aspects of ESSA, including accountability, funding, school improvement and grant-making systems. TEA will review all input collected during the survey period and consider how best to incorporate these results and comments into the final state plan. A final plan is required to be submitted to the federal government by September 2017.

More ESSA resources can be found on the TASL Advocacy page.

Created on Jan 3, 2017 | Last updated January 03, 2017