Update on Staffing Declines in Texas Public Schools PDF Print E-mail

4/1/12

This Business News article updates TASBO's previous published profiles on staffing changes for school year 2011-2012, following the release of additional data by the Texas Education Agency.   

Texas public schools reported an overall decline in staffing of about 34,000  FTEs (full-time equivalents) for school year 2011-2012, according to staff data obtained from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The total enrollment in school year 2010-2011 was 4,933,617, staff FTEs were 664,503 (according toTEA Standard Reports), and the overall student to staff ratio was about 7.4 students for every employee.  Student enrollment increased to 4,998,579 students in school year 2011-2012.  A level staffing FTE measure would show employment of about 673,000 FTEs or about 34,000 FTEs above the 639,000 FTEs reported for 2011-2012. The bar chart below shows the actual enrollment increase for school year 2011-2012 and FTE changes (based upon level student to staff ratios relative to the prior school year) for all staff and for job classifications that accounted for a majority of the decline in employment levels.  

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As a point of reference, 34,000 staff FTEs is about fifty percent greater than the total number of employees in the Houston Independent School District, the largest enrollment school district in Texas.  

 

Details for Actual Changes in Staff FTEs for School Year 2011-2012

Actual year-over-year changes in staff FTEs in Texas public schools for school year 2011-2012 by TEA PEIMS Role ID (plus auxiliary) are shown in the table below. Please note that the actual measures in the table below are not adjusted for a level student-to-staff ratio, as in the chart above.

 

Staff Category 2010-2011 2011-2012 Change
AUXILIARY 179,750 172,723 -7,027
011 EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSTICIAN 3,814 3,724 -90
012 DIST INSTR PGM DIR OR EXC DIR 2,881 2,797 -84
013 LIBRARIAN 5,090 4,743 -347
015 MUSIC THERAPIST 42 37 -5
016 OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST 640 557 -83
017 ORIENTATN/MOBILITY SPEC (COMS) 89 92 2
018 PHYSICAL THERAPIST 263 255 -7
019 PHYSICIAN 1 1 0
02 ART THERAPIST 9 6 -3
020 PRINCIPAL 7,690 7,629 -61
021 RECREATIONAL THERAPIST 11 10 -1
022 SCHOOL NURSE 5,971 5,901 -70
023 LSSP/PSYCHOLOGIST 1,445 1,447 3
024 SOCIAL WORKER 649 631 -19
025 SPECIAL DUTY TEACHER 0 0 0
026 SPEECH THRPST/SPEECH-LANG PATH 3,850 3,861 11
027 SUPERINTENDENT/CAO/CEO/PRESDNT 1,084 1,085 0
028 TEACHER SUPERVISOR 1,606 1,534 -72
029 TEACHER 0 0 0
03 ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL 9,324 9,087 -237
030 TRUANT OFF/VISIT TEACHER 361 356 -4
032 WORK-BASED LEARNING SITE COOR 88 64 -24
033 EDUCATIONAL AIDE 62,895 58,034 -4,861
036 CERTIFIED INTERPRETER 324 309 -15
037 NON-CERTIFIED INTERPRETER 0 0 0
04 ASST/ASSOC/DEPUTY SUPERINTEND. 1,047 980 -66
040 ATHLETIC DIRECTOR 561 518 -43
041 TEACHER FACILITATOR 5,471 4,499 -972
042 TEACHER APPRAISER 16 11 -6
043 BUSINESS MANAGER 732 740 8
044 TAX ASSESSOR AND/OR COLLECTOR 65 62 -3
045 DIR -PERSONNEL/HUMAN RESOURCES 316 309 -7
047 SUBSTITUTE TEACHER 387 351 -36
05 PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATE 100 79 -21
054 DEPARTMENT HEAD 999 776 -223
055 REGISTRAR 398 391 -7
056 ATHLETIC TRAINER 600 633 33
058 OTHER CAMP PROF PERSONNEL 6,060 5,837 -223
06 AUDIOLOGIST 60 69 10
07 CORRECTIVE THERAPIST 35 26 -10
08 COUNSELOR 11,195 10,802 -393
080 OTHR NON-INSTR DISTRICT 14,039 14,267 228
087 TEACHER 334,539 323,651 -10,888
Total 664,494 638,882 -25,612
Source:TASBO eFACTS+

 

Definitions
Definitions for the PEIMS Role ID Codes are excerpted below from theTexas Education Agency
PEIMS Data Standards.

Code

Translation

 

PROFESSIONAL

002

Art Therapist
Serves as Art Therapist

003

Assistant Principal
Assists the principal of a particular campus in any duties the principal may deem appropriate

004

Assistant/Associate/Deputy Superintendent
Assists the superintendent of a particular school district in any duties the superintendent may deem appropriate. Persons assigned to this role usually perform functions associated with more than one campus

005

Psychological Associate
Serves under the Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) or psychologist to provide guidance and counseling services to students

006

Audiologist
The person who provides audiological services to students with hearing impairments

007

Corrective Therapist
Serves as Corrective Therapist

008

Counselor
Provides guidance and counseling services to students

011

Educational Diagnostician
Provides educational diagnostic services and individualized education program development

012

District Instructional Program Director or Executive Director
Serves under the superintendent, or higher grade instructional administrative officer, as the key specialist for a major instructional, instructional related, or pupil service program. Responsibilities may include curriculum development or supervision of programs or personnel whose assignments require certification or licensure. Only degreed, certified personnel may be placed in this category. Examples include, but are not limited to staff serving as Director of Guidance and Counseling, Director of Curriculum, Director of Librarians, Director of Bilingual/ESL, Career and Technical Director, Director of Special Ed, and Director of Social Studies

013

Librarian
Supervises library/learning resources center, or functions as one of several librarians, or learning resource specialists, on a major campus

015

Music Therapist
Serves as Music Therapist

016

Occupational Therapist
Serves as Occupational Therapist

017

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)

018

Physical Therapist
Serves as Physical Therapist

019

Physician
Serves as school Physician

020

Principal
Serves as the instructional leader of the school whose duties include selecting teachers for the campus, setting education objectives, developing budgets for the campus, and working with school professionals to prepare individual development plans

021

Recreational Therapist
Serves as Recreational Therapist

022

School Nurse
A person that complies with TEC 21.003(b), "is licensed by the state agency that licenses that profession", [Nurse Practioner (NP), Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)] is employed/contracted by the school district, and whose primary job responsibility is that of school nurse. Only persons licensed by the state agency that licenses nurses may be employed as a school nurse

023

LSSP/Psychologist
Serves as Licensed Specialist in School Psychology/Psychologist

024

Social Worker
Serves as the school social worker to provide comprehensive social services as a part of an education team. Social workers must be licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners and must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree

026

Speech Therapist/Speech-Language Pathologist
Serves as provider of speech-language pathology/speech therapy services

027

Superintendent/Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Executive Officer/President
The educational leader and administrative manager of the school district

028

Teacher Supervisor
Provides consultant services to teachers in a grade level, adjacent grades, in a teaching field, or group of related fields

030

Truant Officer/Visiting Teacher
Directs activities related to promoting and improving school attendance. Such certified staff members provide home, school, and community liaison services

032

Work-Based Learning Site Coordinator
The code for a Career and Technical Education teacher (087) assigned to career preparation work-based learning experiences is changed from 087 to 032 when visiting a student training site for the purpose of evaluating the student and consulting the employer

040

Athletic Director
Used only when the staff member with such a title is performing administrative tasks directing the athletic program. Responsibilities may include supervision of coaches and other personnel in the athletic program. It is not used when coaching duties are being performed

041

Teacher Facilitator
Serves as an exemplary role model in assisting teachers with improving their classroom performance

042

Teacher Appraiser
Serves as an appraiser in the Texas Teacher Appraisal System

043

Business Manager
Serves as business manager or Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

044

Tax Assessor And/Or Collector
Serves as district tax assessor, tax collector, or tax assessor-collector

045

Director Of Personnel/Human Resources
Serves as personnel or human resources director

047

Substitute Teacher
A person who serves in a classroom in the absence of a teacher certified for that assignment where the teacher has quit, died, or been terminated; or, a person who is permanently hired to substitute on an as-needed basis. (See Chart A in 090 Staff Responsibilities - Section 2.)

054

Department Head
Serves as head or chairman of a subject area department on a campus

055

Registrar
Serves as school or district registrar

056

Athletic Trainer
Serves as a trainer in the athletics program

058

Other Campus Professional Personnel
Serves as a professional staff member at one or more campuses. Do not use this role unless no other role applies to the staff member.

Some examples of staff who are to be shown with this role are:
• campus/community liaisons

• campus volunteer coordinators

• information technology staff assigned to a campus

• dean and

• instructional officers assigned to a campus

060

Executive Director
Serves as the chief executive officer of an education service center

061

Assistant/Associate/Deputy Executive Director
Assists the education service center executive director

062

Component/Department Director
Directs and manages the program activities of a component or department of an education service center

063

Coordinator/Manager/Supervisor
Coordinates, manages, and/or supervises specific programs and services of an education service center

064

Specialist/Consultant
Provides technical assistance and professional development in various areas of an education service center

065

Field Service Agent
Provides coordinated assistance to districts and campuses

079

Other Education Service Center Professional Personnel
Serves as professional staff member at an ESC. Do not use this role unless no other role applies to the staff member

080

Other Non-instructional District Professional Personnel
Assign this role to district staff who are professional-level, non-instructional staff who cannot be classified in any other role regardless of where assigned. Physical work location is not a determining factor.

The position does not involve supervising or controlling curriculum, programs, or professional personnel whose assignments require TEA certification. A degree and/or certification are not required.

This includes but is not limited to:

• district director or administrative department heads and their associates or assistants

• and any other professional-level staff in a functional area such as:

food service (dietician)

• health services

• maintenance and operations

• transportation

• information technology (including but not limited to programmer/analysts, network specialists, data base administration, PEIMS coordinator)

• security (including but not limited to Chief of Police, investigators)

• business services (including but not limited to accounting, budget, Human Resources professional staff, Internal Auditor, professional payroll staff)

• research/evaluation (including but not limited to analysts, grant writers)

• communications (including but not limited to Public Information Officer, Community Liaison)

• legal (including but not limited to Counsel, Hearing Officers)

• textbooks and

• purchasing.

087

Teacher (combination of former codes 025 and 029)
A professional employee who is required to hold a valid teacher certificate or permit in order to perform some type of instruction to students

   
 

PARAPROFESSIONAL/OTHER

033

Educational Aide
Performs routine classroom tasks under the general supervision of a certified teacher or teaching team

036

Certified Interpreter
A state or nationally certified interpreter for the deaf who translates/transliterates for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, according to ARD committee recommendations.
(Certified interpreters may be either professional or para-professional, depending on district classification)

 

Auxiliary

Auxiliary staff includes all staff that do not have a specific ROLE-ID. Auxiliary staff includes such employees as food service workers, cafeteria monitors, school crossing guards, security guards, clerks (such as attendance, purchasing, accounting, payroll, general office, file, mail), receptionists, secretaries, maintenance workers (bus, plant, etc.), groundskeepers, bus drivers, custodial staff, data processing key entry personnel, delivery personnel (mail, equipment, etc.), aides to the school nurse, and library aides. These are employees who do not fit the description in any role code, including 058 and 080.

Auxiliary staff does not include those employees considered to be professional-level staff in the district. Possible examples of such staff are computer programmers, computer operators, bookkeepers, executive assistants to administrators, or any other professional-level staff who have identifiable roles. Educational aides are identified as paraprofessional staff, and are not included in the auxiliary category.