17_08 Adopted Amendment to 19 TAC §151.1001

Commissioner's Rules

Adopted New 19 TAC Chapter 151, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations, §151.1001, Passing Standards


Attachments:
I. Statutory Citation (PDF)
II. Text of Adopted New 19 TAC Chapter 151, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations, §151.1001, Passing Standards (PDF)


SUMMARY: The rule action presented in this item was filed as adopted with the Texas Register under the commissioner's rulemaking authority. This item adopts new 19 TAC Chapter 151, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations, §151.1001, Passing Standards. The adopted new rule implements the requirements of the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.048(a), for the commissioner to determine the satisfactory level of performance required for each certification examination. No changes were made to the rule since published as proposed.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: TEC, §21.048(a).

TEC, §21.048(a), requires the commissioner of education to determine the level of performance considered to be satisfactory on educator certification examinations and further authorizes the commissioner to require a satisfactory level of performance on each core subject covered by an examination.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2017.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: HB 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, amended the TEC, §21.048(a), to require the commissioner of education to establish the satisfactory levels of performance required on educator certification examinations and require a satisfactory level of performance on each core subject covered by an examination. Before amendment by HB 2205, the passing standards were set by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Adopted new 19 TAC §151.1001 adopts the passing standards for all certification examinations as approved by the commissioner. Some of the passing standards previously set by the SBEC will be maintained, but others will be increased as follows.

Beginning September 1, 2017, passing standards increase by 0.5 conditional standard error of measurement (CSEM) for the following Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES), which were previously approved by the SBEC 2.0 CSEM below the recommendation of the standard-setting committee convened prior to the approval of the current standards:
• 801 Core Subjects EC-6 English Language Arts and Reading and the Science of Teaching Reading
• 802 Core Subjects EC-6 Mathematics
• 803 Core Subjects EC-6 Social Studies
• 804 Core Subjects EC-6 Science
• 805 Core Subjects EC-6 Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education
• 806 Core Subjects 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
• 807 Core Subjects 4-8 Mathematics
• 808 Core Subjects 4-8 Social Studies
• 809 Core Subjects 4-8 Science

Beginning September 1, 2017, passing standards increase by 0.5 CSEM for the following TExES, which were previously approved by the SBEC 1.0 CSEM below the recommendation of the standard-setting committee convened prior to the approval of the current standards:
• 115 Mathematics 4-8 TExES
• 116 Science 4-8 TExES
• 118 Social Studies 4-8 TExES

Beginning September 1, 2017, passing standards increase by 1.0 CSEM for the following TExES, which were previously approved by the SBEC 1.0 CSEM below the recommendation of the standard-setting committee convened prior to the approval of the current standards:
• 114 Mathematics/Science 4-8 TExES
• 160 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 TExES
• 161 Special Education EC-12 TExES
• 184 American Sign Language TExES

The following tests expire before the September 1, 2017 effective date of the adopted new rule, so they are not included in the corresponding figures:
• 139 Technology Applications 8-12 TExES
• 141 Computer Science 8-12 TExES
• 142 Technology Applications EC-12 TExES
• 179 Dance 8-12 TExES

Adopted new 19 TAC §151.1001 organizes the passing standards into three subsections. Subsection (b) includes passing standards for classroom teacher examinations, subsection (c) includes passing standards for student services examinations, and subsection (d) includes passing standards for administrator examinations.

The average passing standard reflected in the adopted new rule is expressed as an average raw cut score of all active forms of a test or the minimum proficiency level. It is critical to note that the actual raw cut scores may vary slightly from form to form to balance the overall difficulty of the test yet maintain consistency in scoring.

No changes were made to the rule since published as proposed.

FISCAL IMPACT: The TEA has determined that there are no fiscal implications to persons or entities, including local school districts and open-enrollment charter schools, required to comply with the new rule. In addition, there is no economic impact for small businesses and microbusinesses; therefore, no regulatory flexibility analysis, specified in Texas Government Code, §2006.002, is required. There is no effect on local economy; therefore, no local employment impact statement is required under Texas Government Code, §2001.022.

PUBLIC AND STUDENT BENEFIT: The adopted new rule provides clarity to educators and others regarding the required passing standards for Texas certification examinations.

PROCEDURAL AND REPORTING IMPLICATIONS: The adopted new rule has no procedural and reporting implications.

LOCALLY MAINTAINED PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS: The adopted new rule has no locally maintained paperwork requirements.

PUBLIC COMMENTS: The public comment period on the proposal began June 30, 2017, and ended July 31, 2017. No public comments were received.

ALTERNATIVES: None.

OTHER COMMENTS AND RELATED ISSUES: None.

Staff Members Responsible:
Ryan Franklin, Associate Commissioner, Educator Leadership and Quality
Marilyn Cook, Director, Educator Certification and Testing
Becky McCoy, Manager, Educator Testing
Jennifer Perez, Program Specialist, Educator Testing

For more information, email rules@tea.texas.gov.