TEA works with an independent contractor to recruit, select, and train diverse teams of Texas educators, including teachers and administrators, to serve as reviewers. Each member of the review team is rigorously vetted and trained to ensure that reviews are detailed, comprehensive, and representative of each product’s quality.
How the Reviewers are Selected and Trained
Review team applicants go through a rigorous selection process that includes performance tasks and interviews.
Review teams are established to ensure a balanced representation of teachers, Texas regions, district type, and socioeconomic composition, as well as English Learner and Special Education expertise. TEA strives to ensure that multiple perspectives are considered in evaluating materials for quality.
Reviewers undergo training on the TEKS (or TPG), rubric components and indicators of quality, and evidence collection best practices.
Review teams are provided with product-specific resources (orientation videos, product checklists, and rubric alignment documents), at the publisher’s discretion, to support their understanding of program components and vision.
Throughout the process, reviewers are monitored to ensure that performance meets established expectations.
Our dedicated reviewers evaluate materials, collect evidence, and meet weekly to reach consensus and draft reviews. Reviewers thoroughly investigate instructional materials and hone in on indicators of quality that districts need to make purchasing decisions.
Hear What Our Reviewers Say About the Experience:
The highlight of my day was discovering the impact my work is going to contribute to teachers and students across the state of Texas. I'm so honored and blessed to be a part of this amazing opportunity.”Reviewer
This was an amazing experience! My team worked so very well together and our team lead was fabulous! I never felt alone in the process and always had help when questions arose. I am so very thankful to have been chosen as it pushed me in a different direction professionally. A push I very much needed after 21 years in the classroom!”Reviewer
This project gave me an opportunity to better understand and evaluate the new ELAR TEKS.”Reviewer