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Findings by State - Texas

Overview

Scope of Review in Texas
  11823 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  58 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-62 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-62 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  33 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 76% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-35 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-35 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
29% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Texas:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Dallas Baptist University (undergraduate elementary and secondary), Houston Baptist University (undergraduate secondary), Texas A&M University (undergraduate elementary), Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (undergraduate elementary), Texas Southern University (undergraduate secondary), University of Texas at Austin (undergraduate elementary) and University of Texas - Pan American (undergraduate secondary) are on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that 37 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Texas restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to 28 percent nationwide. Countries where students consistently outperform the U.S. typically set an even higher bar, with teacher prep programs recruiting candidates from the top third of the college-going population.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, including Le Tourneau University (undergraduate elementary and secondary), Prairie View A&M University (undergraduate secondary), Rice University (undergraduate secondary), Texas Christian University (undergraduate elementary and secondary), Texas Southern University (undergraduate secondary), Texas Wesleyan University (undergraduate elementary and secondary) and University of Houston (graduate elementary and secondary).

  • Early reading instruction -- Although just 39 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Texas are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, this is a better result than the smaller minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. 35 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Texas provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Texas, 69 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- 33 percent of the evaluated Texas elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- 26 percent of Texas elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. At the high school level, only 18 percent of Texas secondary programs earn four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. The major problem at the secondary level is that programs' requirements for general science, general social science certifications, or certifications that combine mathematics and science do not ensure that candidates are prepared in the content of every subject they will be licensed to teach, since the state's licensing test requirements do not provide this assurance.

  • Outcome data -- 37 percent of Texas's evaluated programs earn four stars for collecting data on their graduates, compared to 26 percent of evaluated programs in the national sample. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

Texas Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Texas Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Dallas Baptist University - Undergraduate Elementary
Dallas Baptist University - Undergraduate Secondary
Houston Baptist University - Undergraduate Secondary
Texas A&M University - Undergraduate Elementary
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - Undergraduate Elementary
Texas Southern University - Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas - Pan American - Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at Austin - Undergraduate Elementary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Texas

Michael Williams, Commissioner of Education

Children at Risk
Educate Texas
Teaching Trust
Texas Institute for Education Reform
Uplift Education

David Anthony, former Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Wanda Bamberg, Superintendent, Aldine Independent School District
Robin Battershell, Superintendent, Temple Independent School District
Michael Bergman, former Superintendent, Hitchcock Independent School District
Meria Carstarphen, Superintendent, Austin Independent School District
Emilio Castro, former Superintendent, Kingsville Independent School District
Eddie Coulson, Superintendent, College Station Independent School District
Walter Dansby, Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District
Neil Dugger, former Superintendent, Irving Independent School District
Roberto DurĂ³n, former Superintendent, San Antonio Independent School District
Doyne Elliff, Superintendent, Corpus Christi Independent School District
Darrell Floyd, Superintendent, Stephenville Independent School District
John Folks, Superintendent, Northside Independent School District
Alton Frailey, Superintendent, Katy Independent School District
Karen Garza, former Superintendent, Lubbock Independent School District
Terry Grier, Superintendent, Houston Independent School District
Linda Henrie, Superintendent, Mesquite Independent School District
Mark Henry, Superintendent, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Robert Jaklich, former Superintendent, Harlandale Independent School District
Timothy Jenney, former Superintendent, Fort Bend Independent School District
Melody Johnson, former Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District
Andrew Kim, former Superintendent, Manor Independent School District
Kirk Lewis, Superintendent, Pasadena Independent School District
Jeremy Lyon, former Superintendent, Hays Consolidated Independent School District
Hector Mendez, Superintendent, Ector County Independent School District
Mike Miles, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District
Ron Miller, Superintendent, Plainview Independent School District
Bob Morrison, Superintendent, Mansfield Independent School District
Sylvester Perez, former Superintendent, Midland Independent School District
David Polnick, former Superintendent, Abilene Independent School District
Guy Sconzo, Superintendent, Humble Independent School District
Susan Simpson Hull, Superintendent, Grand Prairie Independent School District
Jeff Turner, Superintendent, Coppell Independent School District
James Veitenheimer, former Superintendent, Keller Independent School District
David Vroonland, Superintendent, Frenship Independent School District
Toby York, former Superintendent, Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District

Texas' Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Texas funders
Houston Endowment
Sid W. Richardson Foundation

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
 
Abilene Christian University Annual new teacher production (2010):  93
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Angelo State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  165
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Baylor University Annual new teacher production (2010):  134
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Concordia University Texas Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Dallas Baptist University Annual new teacher production (2010):  43
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
East Texas Baptist University Annual new teacher production (2010):  40
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Hardin-Simmons University Annual new teacher production (2010):  56
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Houston Baptist University Annual new teacher production (2010):  38
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Howard Payne University Annual new teacher production (2010):  35
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Huston-Tillotson University Annual new teacher production (2010):  41
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lamar University Annual new teacher production (2010):  111
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
LeTourneau University Annual new teacher production (2010):  279
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Lubbock Christian University Annual new teacher production (2010):  82
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
McMurry University Annual new teacher production (2010):  73
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Midwestern State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  109
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Our Lady of the Lake University Annual new teacher production (2010):  30
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Prairie View A&M University Annual new teacher production (2010):  64
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Rice University Annual new teacher production (2010):  10
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Sam Houston State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  501
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Southern Methodist University Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
St. Edward's University Annual new teacher production (2010):  31
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
St. Mary's University Annual new teacher production (2010):  33
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Stephen F. Austin State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  427
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Sul Ross State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  0
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Tarleton State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  316
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas A&M International University Annual new teacher production (2010):  298
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas A&M University Annual new teacher production (2010):  679
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas A&M University - Commerce Annual new teacher production (2010):  674
Undergraduate Elementary
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Annual new teacher production (2010):  80
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary
Texas A&M University - Kingsville Annual new teacher production (2010):  262
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas A&M University - Texarkana Annual new teacher production (2010):  147
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas Christian University Annual new teacher production (2010):  128
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Texas Lutheran University Annual new teacher production (2010):  31
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Texas Southern University Annual new teacher production (2010):  53
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Texas State University - San Marcos Annual new teacher production (2010):  830
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Texas Tech University Annual new teacher production (2010):  506
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Texas Wesleyan University Annual new teacher production (2010):  58
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Texas Woman's University Annual new teacher production (2010):  347
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Trinity University Annual new teacher production (2010):  27
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Houston Annual new teacher production (2010):  330
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
University of Houston - Clear Lake Annual new teacher production (2010):  211
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Houston - Downtown Annual new teacher production (2010):  218
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Houston - Victoria Annual new teacher production (2010):  173
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Annual new teacher production (2010):  80
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of North Texas Annual new teacher production (2010):  120
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
University of St. Thomas Annual new teacher production (2010):  21
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Texas - Pan American Annual new teacher production (2010):  526
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at Arlington Annual new teacher production (2010):  354
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at Austin Annual new teacher production (2010):  386
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at Brownsville Annual new teacher production (2010):  277
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Texas at Dallas Annual new teacher production (2010):  181
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at El Paso Annual new teacher production (2010):  720
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas at San Antonio Annual new teacher production (2010):  501
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
University of Texas at Tyler Annual new teacher production (2010):  185
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual new teacher production (2010):  115
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of the Incarnate Word Annual new teacher production (2010):  32
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wayland Baptist University Annual new teacher production (2010):  139
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
West Texas A&M University Annual new teacher production (2010):  345
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary


Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Arlington Baptist College
Jarvis Christian College
Paul Quinn College
Schreiner University 
Southwestern Adventist University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern University
Texas College
University of Dallas
Wiley College

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of Texas's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement.

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom.  These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.