The School Leadership Pilot Program (SLPP) is authorized by Subchapter E, Chapter 11, §11.203 of the Education Code (created by House Bill 1, Article IV – passed by the 79th Texas Legislature, 3rd Special Session, 2006).
The statute mandates that the Texas Education Agency develop and implement a school leadership pilot program for principals in cooperation with a nonprofit corporation that has substantial experience in developing best practices to improve leadership skills, student achievement, student graduation rates, and teacher retention. A principal or a person interested in becoming a principal of a campus rated academically unacceptable may apply for participation in the program. American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) with the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business received the grant award to establish the Texas Principal Excellence Program (TxPEP)
The pilot consists of course work and evaluation measures developed through consultation with business schools, departments, and/or other programs at institutions of higher education. The program will also be research-based and aligned with state and federal reform efforts. Program design will include training in problem solving, critical thinking, relationship-building, organizational management, effective use of data, fiscal management, and the promotion of ethical leadership.