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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the TSDS Team at Region 14

This is a picture of me when I played the Grinch in one of our ESC Distance Learning sessions for Elementary students when they were reading Dr. Seuss books.

Update on TSDS ECDS.
100% of our districts in Region 14 have submitted their kindergarten assessments. I want to thank everyone for their hard work this year. Liz Hatch and Lucy Bissop have been awesome to work with while I was getting my feet on the ground this first year. Next year it will be me and you guys getting this done, but we can do it.

As soon as we get the Spring workshops scheduled, I will get an email out and get them on the website and blog calendars.

We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Big Changes from the Legislature

TSDS users will be seeing a number of changes over the next year in response to new legislation passed by the Texas State Legislature: 

New Prekindergarten Programs

The state is providing financial incentives to LEAs to enact or expand prekindergarten programs (HB4). In return the legislature is requiring additional program data to ensure that these programs meet quality standards and to track how effective prekindergarten education is improving later educational outcomes. Prekindergartens will submit their new data through TSDS in 2016-17.

Other Changes

In addition, bills that revise graduation requirements (SB 149), decriminalize truancy (HB 2398), and change how the length of a school year is calculated (HB 2610), among others, will require updates to TSDS PEIMS in the upcoming year.

Region 14 TSDS Champions will keep you posted on the latest updates.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Today was great! We had 31 districts upload their Kindergarten Spreadsheet through TSDS today at Region 14. We had headaches, heartaches, laughs, and loads of fun. We learned from each other and many new tricks of the trade. Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Update on TSDS PEIMS

There will be a deployment of fixes this Friday, November 6th. The new Delete Utility may be in that deployment. If it is not ready it will be released early next week. We may do another webinar to demonstrate how and when to use this new tool.

Don't forget that the TSDS ECDS Kindergarten upload is due to TEA by December 18th. We have been able to get the filled in spreadsheet out to all but one of our TxEIS users. Don't forget to sign up for the hands on training day November 12th. There will be two sessions 9:00 and 1:00. Bring your flashdrive with the completed spreadsheet and we will get it uploaded through TSDS to TEA.

Monday, October 26, 2015

TSDS Fall/Mid-Year PEIMS Extract Training

 November 3, 2015 at Region 14 from 9:00 till 4:00 p.m. Session #101608

This training is part of the TSDS series of trainings offered by Region 14. We will review the extract process for Fall/Mid-Year PEIMS using the new TSDS PEIMS. We will demonstrate in the morning and we will be available for a work day in the afternoon using the live database. This training will be available through DL.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Upcoming TSDS Trainings at Region 14

  1. October 15th at 10:00 a.m. - TSDS ECDS Webinar
  2. October 28th at 9:00 TSDS Technical Training at Region 14
  3. November 4th at 9:00  - TSDS PEIMS System Training at Region 14
  4. November 12th at 9:00 - TSDS ECDS Hands on Upload at Region 14
  5. November 12th at 1:00 - TSDS ECDS Hands on Upload at Region 14
The Blog calendar has the registration link for each of the trainings. Click on details to register.

Thursday, October 1, 2015


What's the difference between PEIMS, the PDM, and EDIT+?

PEIMS itself is the legislatively mandated set of data collected by TEA about public education, including student, staff, course, financial, and organizational information. EDIT+ is the legacy application for loading, validating, and submitting PEIMS data to TEA. TSDS PEIMS is replacing the legacy system. In TSDS, the PEIMS Data Mart (PDM) holds data that users promote from the Operational Data Store(ODS) before it is finalized; users manage this process in the new TSDS PEIMS application.

Why is TEA replacing EDIT +?

EDIT + is built on an outdated architecture and has reached the limit of its ability to handle the amount of data that is currently being submitted. A new PEIMS system will be more cost effective, timely, and accurate and will provide LEAs with a better tool to submit their data.

Will LEAs still be able to validate and correct PEIMS submissions? How will the extraction and validation process work?

Yes. The Texas Student Data System (TSDS) supplies new tools for validating, but the overall process is similar. Users' SISs and other local education data systems will generate extracts of PEIMS data. They can run the data through a local copy of the validation tool to fix errors before loading. The extract will then be pulled to the Operational Data Store (ODS). From the ODS, the LEA users will promote the data to the PDM, where they can validate their data and review error reports. Users will then correct the errors in their source systems and reload their data. However, unlike the current EDIT+ system, the new system will allow partial promotions to PEIMS that can be used to compile and then complete a submission. See the Feature Comparison for a more detailed description of the differences between the new and old systems.

Will TSDS continue to collect the organization, finance, staff, student, and course data that are currently collected for PEIMS?

Yes. TSDS will continue to collect data from all five of these areas. The majority of SIS vendors in Texas have participated in the PEIMS Early Adopter process, so they have been able to test their systems’ ability to create TEDS-compliant extracts. For a list of vendors that can extract for PEIMS, see the Compatible Software page.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Kindergarten Data Submission Collection opens October 5, 2015 and closes on December 18, 2015. We will be scheduling a training and date for upload of your data at Region 14 ESC.  We will send out a date as soon as we get the final information from TEA and TSDS. The data collection includes student demographics and assessments. Districts who administer the Commissioner's List of Reading Instruments are required to collect and report this data. There will be a "To the Administrator Addressed Letter" going out this week with the approved assessment list. Remember we are here for you and will assist you in any way that we can.

Kindergarten is mandatory again this year, but Pre-Kindergarten in optional.

Monday, September 21, 2015


The tentative date of release of the TAA (To the Administrator Addressed) letter is the week of September 25th with the ECDS kindergarten collection opening on October 5th. The 2015-2016 ECDS Spreadsheet and Section 10 information will be available in TEDS once the TAA letter is sent out to the LEAs.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Using studentGPS® Dashboards to Prepare for and ARD or 504 Meeting

 Now that you have seen an overview of what Dashboards can do for your district in general. Take a look at what the Dashboard can do for a principal or teacher getting ready for an ARD or 504 meeting.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Region 14 TSDS Webpage

I have updated the Region 14 ESC webpage. Please note that we have a TSDS calendar that will have the most current workshops, deadlines, and closings. We also have the most current contact information and links to other resources. Please take the time to check it out.

Link to Region 14 TSDS Website

Friday, September 11, 2015

TPEIR Public Reports

What is the TPEIR?

The Texas P-20 Public Education Information Resource is a longitudinal data warehouse that links students from pre-K through enrollment and graduation from Texas colleges (P-20). It is managed by TEA in partnership with the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board.

In addition to 20+ years of P-12 and higher education data from Texas colleges and universities and information on teacher certification and teacher preparation programs, the warehouse has been expanded to link critical missing pre-kindergarten, college readiness, and workforce (wage, industry, and employment) data.

TPEIR allows for the analysis of student data from the enrollment into the public education system through matriculation and graduation from Texas colleges and into the labor market.

As such, Texas has the ability to evaluate the effectiveness of P-12 programs based on how well they prepare students to contribute to the 21st-century workforce.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

studentGPS® Dashboards

The above link will take you to a short 5 minute overview of the 
Student Dashboard

How will the studentGPS Dashboards benefit my district?

  1. The dashboards will flag emerging issues such as problems in attendance, class work, and test performance as early as possible.
  2. These early warning flags will help teachers adjust their instruction to reverse negative academic trends.
  3. The student GPS Dashboards will provide instant access to analyzed data, instead of requiring requests to a data analyst for ad hoc reports.
  4. Loading dashboard data to TSDS is strictly optional. Local education agencies (LEAs--Texas school districts and charter schools) have no obligation to use the Dashboard Data Mart (DDM) or the studentGPS Dashboards. However, they provide a rich, sophisticated, empirical approach to teaching that help schools, classes, and individual students get more from their educational opportunities.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Data Flow For TSDS


Project Responsibilities

Several system vendors are involved in TSDS.

Skyward, Texas Computer Cooperative (TCC), TXEIS and other LEA data system vendors - responsible for the SSIS and independent LEA data systems.

eScholar - responsible for the EDW, Operational Data Store, and Unique ID.

TEA - responsible for overall project coordination and integration, as well as for development of studentGPS® Dashboards adaptation, TSDS PEIMS, and integration.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015 TSDS News

Reports that will be available after September 4, 2015:

PDM1-220-001: Graduates Already Reported in Previous Year
PDM1-320-001: Interim List to Assist Districts in Leaver Record
PDM1-320-002: Preliminary Underreported Students 
PDM1-321-001: Presumed Underreported Students Lists


The August 28th software release included the following:

ECDS Reports Help updates are now available.

PK Completion Report is now available to run at the ESC and LEA levels to confirm their PK submissions.

For more information on HB4, please refer to the To The Administrator Addressed Letter on HB4 and High-Quality Prekindergarten Programs.

Validation Tool

The August 28th software release included the following:

TEDS Data Standards updates for 2016.F.1.0 code validations are now available.

Validation Tool Help updates are now available.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Last Post for This Topic

Accountability will continually change and we will continually adjust to those changes. I want to thank each and everyone of you that have followed me on my blog for DTCs, CTCs, Title I and Accountability. It has been a roller-coaster ride. I am moving into a new position at Region 14 ESC tomorrow, September 1, 2015. I will be working in the Technology Department as a TSDS Consultant. I will be posting information about  this in the future. This is coming from HB5 and you know I have been a part of HB5 since the beginning.

I have been fortunate to work with wonderful people at the service center and in the districts.  I will continue to work with wonderful people, just widening my circle. I am not severing any ties. So don't hesitate to call or come by to see me.

Stay tuned to the next chapter. Thanks for all the smiles, laughter, cheers and tears.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Information from the Assessment TETN August 26, 2015

ETS will take over the STAAR A, STAAR L, STAAR 3-8, and ECO testing. Their system will be called TOMS (Test Operations Management System).

Pearson will use TAMS for TAKS in the October testing cycle only.

Pearson will begin using Pearson Access Next on October 12 for TELPAS, STAAR ALT, and TAKS (TAKS after October).

There will be training webinars on these new systems and information will be coming later.

SB 2349 will be posted in the Texas register soon. This bill will align testing so that students moving to Texas or being home schooled will not have to take an EOC if they come into your district with a credit in a tested course. This replaces the rule that said that the student had to have credit before September 1, 2014 to not test.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Region 14 ESC Middle School and High School Students in Washington DC

Congratulations to the two middle school students and nine high school students from Region 14 ESC that had to opportunity to travel to Washington DC this summer, to learn about Democracy in action and to polish leadership skills.
The districts involved were:
Roby High School - 1
Westbrook High School - 1
Snyder High School - 1
DeLeon High School - 4
Colorado High School - 1
Haskell High School - 1
Haskell Middle School - 1
Breckenridge Middle School - 1

For information on your students attending next year please contact:

JoAnn Gonzales - or

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Information on July EOCs and SB 149

As a reminder, SB 149 allows students to use the TSI exam and one of the substitute assessments. Here are some guidelines if you have students who qualify:

1. To use TSI ELA to substitute for English 2 EOC, students must be proficient on both the Reading and the Writing portions of TSI.

2. To use TSI Math to substitute for Algebra I EOC, students must be proficient on the Math portion of TSI.

3. This applies to Juniors and Seniors as of this school year 2014-15. So look through both classes to find these students as you prepare for July Retest

4. Students must take the assessment once as their initial test and they MUST take a retest before you can use this as a substitute assessment.

Example 1: Student still needs a passing score on the Algebra I EOC and took it in their freshman year and is now a junior (cohort of 2016). They’ve sat for the original test in their freshman year and the retests during their sophomore and junior year. They have scored proficient on the Math portion of the TSI. This July they do not need to retest, you will bubble “Substitute Assessment” on their answer document. They no longer need to retest.

Example 2: A student takes the English 2 assessment as a senior this year for the first time and took the English 2 exam in the spring of 2015 but did not pass. This student took the TSI ELA and scored proficient on Reading and Writing. This student must be given an opportunity to retest this summer in the July administration before you can code the “Substitute Assessment”.

5. This provision ONLY works for the Algebra I and English 2 exams. No other EOCs can have the TSI applied to them.

6. Be sure to keep documentation in the students records for the use of this provision since it is set to expire in 2017.

7. You will comb through your testing in December this way as well.

8. Encourage students who are Juniors and Seniors to inform their counselor of their TSI performance.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Information for Counselors about Accountability

Below is the link to the short Power Point I used in presenting to counselors at Region 14 on June 8, 2015.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TEA Releases Preliminary Statewide STAAR® Grades 3–8 Passing Rates

Seventy-six percent of sixth-grade students passed the STAAR reading test. Reading scores for grades 3, 4 and 7 showed a slight increase or remained the same from 2013–2014.


STAAR writing tests were administered in grades 4 and 7. Seventy-two percent of 7th graders passed the writing test, an increase of two percentage points over 2013–2014.


Fifth graders posted a preliminary passing rate of 72 percent in STAAR science. The eighth-grade passing rate in science was 70 percent, the same as it was in 2013–2014.


In addition, eighth graders posted a 64 percent passing rate in social studies, an increase of three percentage points over 2013–2014 scores.


Passing rates for STAAR mathematics tests in grade 3 through 8 are not available at this time. Parents and districts will receive raw scores that show the number of questions correctly answered on math tests this year. The passing standards must be reset because of the substantial changes made to the STAAR math tests based on the new state curriculum. Standard-setting for the (adjusted) mathematics tests will occur this summer. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced in April that results of STAAR in mathematics for grades 3–8 will be excluded from the 2015 state accountability system.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Assessment Graduation Requirements as Amended by Senate Bill (SB) 149

SUBJECT: Assessment Graduation Requirements as Amended by Senate Bill (SB) 149
This correspondence is to inform you that with Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of SB 149 on May 11, 2015, there are immediate and significant changes to the state’s assessment graduation requirements, first effective with this year’s graduating 12th grade class. Emergency commissioner rules to amend the assessment graduation requirements have been filed with the Texas Register and are effective immediately. The emergency commissioner’s rules can be viewed at the following link:
SB 149 has revised the state’s assessment graduation requirements for students enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, or 2016-2017 school years. A student who has failed the EOC assessment graduation requirements for no more than two courses may receive a Texas high school diploma if the student has qualified to graduate by means of an individual graduation committee (IGC). Under the legislation, a student may not graduate under an IGC if the student did not take each required EOC assessment or a commissioner-approved substitute assessment for each course for which there is an EOC assessment.
Regardless of any IGC action, a district must still provide a student an opportunity to retake an EOC if the student has not previously achieved satisfactory performance on an EOC or substitute assessment for that subject. 
SB 149 also allows a student who did not pass the Algebra I and/or English II EOC assessment(s) a second time to use the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment to meet the EOC requirement for the corresponding course. A student must receive a TSI score indicating readiness to enroll in entry-level freshman coursework.
Both the IGC and TSI provisions expire September 1, 2017. 
The emergency rule action was filed on May 11, 2015, and will be effective for 120 days. In conjunction with the emergency amendment, an identical proposed rule item was filed for publication in the May 29, 2015 issue of the Texas Register. The proposed rule amendment is intended to replace the emergency amendment upon expiration.  The proposed rule will include a 30-day public comment period and may be amended prior to adoption based on public comment or other factors.
Questions concerning the implementation of a district’s IGC should be directed to the agency’s curriculum division at (512) 463-9581. Questions concerning the TSI should be directed to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at (512) 427-6111.
Michael Williams
Commissioner of Education

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Parent Empowerment Toolkit

This Youtube video is a training that targets audience for the training of families and parents. This is not intended to be an accountability training. Some aspects of the accountability system will be addressed as it relates to SB 738, Trigger Law.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Region 14 Blockfest 3

Youtube Video of Blockfest

Region 14 Title I Reward Showcase

Congratulations to: 

Hawley High School a High Progress School
     Nikki Grisham - High School Principal
     Mike Sibberson - Superintendent
Highland School a High Performing School
     Karry Owens - Junior High/High School Principal
     David Acevedo - Elementary Principal
     Duane Hyde - Superintendent
Rising Star Elementary a High Performing School
     Raelyn Edwards - Teacher - 3rd grade math/reading; 5th grade
     Barbara Long - Elementary Principal
Roby Elementary - High Progress School
     Jason Carter - Secondary Principal
     Lanett Ponder - Counselor
     Heath Dickson - Superintendent

Youtube video of Districts Presenting

Friday, January 30, 2015

Region 14 Robotics Competition

January 24, 2015, the Region 14, Robotics Competition was held at Clyde High School. We had a great turn out. It is truly amazing what kids can dream up. We, as educators, need to help our students blossom and think for themselves. Don't stop that creativity, don't "Wall-E" it in.

Pictures of the Winners

You Tube Video of Students