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TEA Opens Public Comment Period on List of Industry-Based Certifications for Accountability Purposes

01.09.2019 — TEA has issued the following notification regarding a public comment period for a draft list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability purposes. Information on how to provide public comment on the proposed additions to the certification list is included below. The deadline for providing comment is February 4.

Public Comment Period for Industry-Based Certifications
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requests preliminary public comment on a draft list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability. The new list of industry-based certifications is scheduled to go into effect for the 2019-2020 school-year and will apply to school accountability ratings in August 2021. The public comment period is now open and will close on February 4, 2019. 

The TEA requested feedback from stakeholders across Texas on recommendations for additions to the state-approved list of 73 industry-based certifications. Over 4,000 responses were received that contained over 1,200 unique certifications or certificates. The recommended credentials were organized by industry sector and sent out through the 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards to determine industry value. Approximately 1,000 industry representatives responded to the survey. The certifications were reviewed for the remaining criteria, which includes: 1) third-party provider; 2) capstone; 3) attainable by a high school student; 4) portable.

Stakeholders are encouraged to review the proposed industry-based certification list and provide comments.

See the proposed list.

If you have questions about public comment for industry-based certification used for public school accountability, please contact Avery Barrera at avery.barrera@tea.texas.gov.