Texas districts now have access to a powerful new platform to meet TEA standards

AUSTIN, Texas and ATLANTA, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas ASCD and IO Education announced a partnership to offer the IO Talent platform for the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) and Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS).

The partnership between Texas ASCD and IO Education provides a locally customizable platform to support teachers and principals in their professional growth with integrated features focused on TEA criteria:

  • Goal-setting and professional development plan
  • The evaluation cycle
  • Student growth measures
  • Customizable T-TESS and T-PESS templates based on TEA rubric
  • Personal goal setting
  • Individual professional learning plans with reminders
  • Teacher, principal and district administrator dashboards
  • Progress-to-plan reporting
  • Dynamic reporting with data availability based on user role
  • E-portfolio with peer review and acceptance
  • In-depth teacher profiles, including credentials
  • School and district evaluation schedule management
  • Secure HMTL5 website
  • Native iPad app for evidence gathering

The Texas ASCD T-TESS and T-PESS platform offers Texas school districts the most robust system for observations of the teaching domains, as well as customizable student growth measures from local data, including:

"Texas ASCD exists to drive educational excellence in Texas, and that starts with empowered and informed educators. The IO Talent platform provides Texas educators the tools to take ownership of their professional growth. This platform will enable collaboration, personalization, teacher feedback and awareness that is both of innovative quality and now available to schools," said Dr. Yolanda M. Rey, Executive Director, Texas ASCD.

"Teachers are the single most important in-school factor affecting student outcomes. IO Education's partnership with Texas ASCD is a powerful way to meet T-TESS and T-PESS requirements and ensureTexas teachers have the support and resources they need for professional growth," said Michael Williamson, CEO of IO Education.

More information can be found by registering for an upcoming Texas ASCD webinar at http://bit.ly/TX-ASCD.  The one hour webinar will be offered at the following times:

  • May 2 at 2:00 PM CDT
  • May 5 at 2:00 PM CDT
  • May 9 at 12:00 PM CDT
  • May 18 at 4:00 PM CDT
  • May 26 at 10:00 AM CDT


About Texas ASCD
Founded in 1947, Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Texas ASCD) is a non-profit organization committed to improving teaching and learning for the success of all learners.

About IO Education
As a leader in the education technology for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators with data to improve education outcomes. The market leading solutions from IO Education are used in all 50 states by over 5,000 schools and 1,700,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Media Contact:
Texas ASCD
Laura Stubbins, 512.477.8200, Ext. 13

IO Education
Eric Miller, 866-817-0726, Ext. 210


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