Texas Beginning Educator Support System (TxBESS) is a statewide initiative that was created in 1999 for the purpose of reducing beginning teacher attrition in the state of Texas. The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and staff from most Education Service Centers from around the state of Texas established a 3-year pilot program to allow for development and evaluation of TxBESS - a program intended to address the growing dilemma of teacher attrition and teacher shortages. A fourth year was funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which enabled the TxBESS program to have four consecutive years of documented implementation with an outside evaluation done by the Dana Center at the University of Texas.
Research from this pilot program shows that TxBESS has had a significant positive impact on beginning teachers’ retention. After witnessing the success of TxBESS within its academic programs, Region 13 committed to continue offering TxBESS despite decreasing operational funds.
TxBESS is designed to foster collaboration at the local level among regional education service centers, educator preparation programs, and Texas schools. Through a standards-based support system for beginning teachers, TxBESS extends the training of new teachers and provides them with constructive feedback from a trained support team member. Furthermore, by involving principals and enhancing their abilities to establish a school climate that supports beginning teacher growth and retention, TxBESS allows for the development of a more-experienced, better-qualified teaching staff.