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RULE §229.5Accreditation Sanctions and Procedures

(a) The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) may assign an educator preparation program (EPP) Accredited-Warned or Accredited-Probation status if the SBEC determines that the EPP has violated SBEC rules and/or Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 21.

(b) If an EPP has been assigned Accredited-Warned or Accredited-Probation status, or if the SBEC determines that additional action is a necessary condition for the continuing approval of an EPP to recommend candidates for educator certification, the SBEC may take any one or more of the following actions, which shall be reviewed by the SBEC at least annually:

  (1) require the EPP to obtain technical assistance approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) or SBEC;

  (2) require the EPP to obtain professional services approved by the TEA or SBEC;

  (3) require the EPP to provide TEA staff with verification of the EPP's compliance with SBEC rules and/or the TEC;

  (4) require the EPP to post on its website:

    (A) accreditation status;

    (B) notice that the SBEC has instated conditions on the EPP's continuing approval;

    (C) TEA's continuing approval review report; and/or

    (D) official notification of recommended status;

  (5) appoint a monitor to participate in the activities of the EPP and report the activities to the TEA or SBEC; and/or

  (6) require the EPP to develop an action plan addressing the deficiencies and describing the steps the program will take to improve the performance of its candidates. TEA staff may prescribe the information that must be included in the action plan. The action plan must be sent to TEA staff no later than 45 calendar days following notification to the EPP that SBEC has ordered the action plan.

(c) Notwithstanding the accreditation status of an EPP, if the performance of candidates on an examination required for certification (as listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.21(e) of this title (relating to Educator Assessment)) in an individual certification class or category offered by an EPP fails to meet the performance standard on the content pedagogy tests as described in §229.4(a)(1)(D) of this title (relating to Determination of Accreditation Status) for three consecutive years, the approval to offer that certification class or category shall be revoked. Any candidates already admitted for preparation in that class or category may continue in the EPP and be recommended for certification after program completion, but no new candidates shall be admitted for preparation in that class or category unless and until the SBEC reinstates approval for the EPP to offer that certification class or category.

  (1) For purposes of determining compliance with subsection (c) of this section, candidate performance in individual certification classes or categories in only the 2016-2017 academic year and subsequent academic years will be considered.

  (2) Performance indicators by demographic group shall not be counted for purposes of subsection (c) of this section pertaining to performance standards for individual certification classes or categories. If the aggregated number of individuals counted for a certification class or category is 10 or fewer, the performance on the standard shall be cumulated and counted in the same manner as provided in §229.4(c) of this title.

  (3) For EPPs that failed to meet the standard described in subsection (c) of this section for a certification class or category in the 2018-2019 academic year that meet the requirements based on their 2020-2021 data, the 2020-2021 academic year shall represent a break in consecutively measured years for the purpose of subsection (c) of this section.

(d) An EPP shall be notified in writing regarding any action proposed to be taken pursuant to this section, or proposed assignment of an accreditation status of Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, or Not Accredited-Revoked. The notice shall state the basis on which the proposed action is to be taken or the proposed assignment of the accreditation status is to be made.

(e) All costs associated with providing or requiring technical assistance, professional services, or the appointment of a monitor pursuant to this section shall be paid by the EPP to which the services are provided or required, or its sponsor.

Source Note: The provisions of this §229.5 adopted to be effective April 18, 2010, 35 TexReg 2849; amended to be effective October 26, 2014, 39 TexReg 8395; amended to be effective March 22, 2015, 40 TexReg 1375; amended to be effective December 27, 2016, 41 TexReg 10302; amended to be effective December 22, 2019, 44 TexReg 7689; amended to be effective December 26, 2021, 46 TexReg 8721; amended to be effective December 29, 2022, 47 TexReg 8662

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