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UPDATED:  Guidance for Implementation of NCLB Highly Qualified (HQ) Teacher Requirements
The Texas Education Agency has updated the NCLB HQ guidance document (also referred to as a Q&A) effective September 5, 2014.   A link to updated document is now posted on TEA's HQ web page (found under General Information).

Texas Education Human Resources Day - Governor's Proclamation
Governor Perry has proclaimed Wednesday, October 8, 2014, as Texas Education Human Resources Day. This is the 5th consecutive year for issuance of a proclamation in recognition of the vital role that human resources professionals play in implementing effective practices for the hiring of quality staff to teach young Texans. Feel free to download the Governor's Proclamation as may be needed.  Congratulations to all for a well deserved recognition!

TASB Salary Surveys 2014-2015 - UPDATE
The TASB salary survey season is about to begin.  The Superintendent Survey deadline has been extended through September 12, 2014.  The District Personnel Survey launches September 2, 2014 with a deadline to submit on October 10, 2014.  A link to the online survey will be emailed to superintendents.  See survey schedule.

TEA Has Posted Critical Shortage Areas for 2014-2015
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has received approval from the US Department of Education (USDE) for the 2014-2015 teacher shortage areas. The approved shortage areas for the 2014-2015 school year are: Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Career and Technical Education, Computer Science, English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Science, and Special Education – Elementary and Secondary Levels. The approved shortage areas allow the administrator the ability to recruit and retain qualified teachers and to help reward teachers for their hard work using the loan forgiveness opportunities.  Read the entire TEA letter.

Commissioner Extends Teacher, Principal Evaluation Pilot
Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seeking an extension of the state’s waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In the letter, he also notified Secretary Duncan that the state would be adding an additional year to the pilot program for the new teacher and principal evaluation and support systems. Read the entire Press Release.

AASPA Annual Conference - Portland, OR
AASPA’s 76th Annual Conference is four days of high-level content that draws on the expertise of leading professionals and businesses in the field of school HR. It will feature 3 keynotes, 12 pre-conference sessions, 75 clinics presentations, a 57-booth exhibit hall and a chance to network with hundreds of your peers. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon the week of October 13-17, 2014. Visit the AASPA Conference web page for details.

TASPA to Receive National Recognition!
The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) has announced that TASPA has won the Arch S. Brown Award in recognition as their Affiliate of the Year. This honor will be recognized at the national conference in Portland, Oregon in October. TASPA has won this award consecutively since 1999. Congratulations and special thanks go out to all of our members, sponsors and supporters without whom this award would not be possible!

TASB Sample Letter on Substitute Eligibility for TRS-ActiveCare
TASB HR Services has posted a sample letter on substitute eligibility for TRS-ActiveCare insurance.  This sample letter can be used by districts to notify substitutes of their eligibility to enroll in TRS-ActiveCare. If you have questions, call TASB HR Services at 800-580-7782 or e-mail

REMINDER:  NCLB Highly Qualified Teachers – 6th Grade Teachers

The change to 6th grade for HQ purposes does NOT take away the EC-6 and the 4-8 Generalist tests as ways to be HQ for 6th grade. It only adds routes to HQ, such as a 4-8 subject exam, a college major or college coursework, etc. The 6th grade is covered with both the EC-6 and 4-8 generalist tests.  Read the TEA letter here.

Letter to House Public Education Committee
Read the letter to the House Public Education Committee from Commissioner of Education, Michael Williams, regarding the new teacher appraisal.

HR Job Postings
TASPA members are eligible to post HR job vacancies on the TASPA website. For information, contact Annabel Peña.

TASPA is an affiliate of the
American Association of School Personnel Administrators.

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