Texas law requires that educators pass appropriate tests to become certified. The office of Educator Testing oversees testing requirements for the state of Texas.
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Testing Announcements and Updates
Educator Standards open for public comment
Proposed technology applications educator standards are posted for public comment here. Comments are due to Becky McCoy or Michael Vriesenga by Aug. 4, 2016.
Subjects Registration Information
In October 2014, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved a
“data collection period” for the new Core Subjects test administrations in
order to gather data on actual educator performance on the EC–6 and 4–8 tests.
During this period, the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and 4–8 (211) tests were
administered free of charge to test takers.
At the June 12, 2015 State Board for Educator Certification
(SBEC) meeting, TEA staff confirmed we now have sufficient test taker data, so
the data collection period for the Core Subjects EC–6 (291) and 4–8 (211) will
end on June 30, 2015. Individuals may continue to register, at no cost, through
June 30, 2015, for a Core Subjects test that must be taken by Aug. 31, 2015.
Starting July 1, 2015, regular registration fees will be charged for all exam
testing dates beginning Sept. 1, 2015. The current passing standards for
the Core Subjects tests will remain in place through Aug. 31, 2015.
At the June 12, 2015 SBEC meeting, the SBEC approved a
decrease of the minimum passing standards for the Core Subjects EC–6 (291), 4–8
(211), and individual subject tests (801–809) for a period of one year. This
change will go into effect on September 1, 2015. After Aug. 31, 2015, test
takers who did not pass one or more individual subject tests (801-809) during
the data collection period will need to re-take and pass the individual subject
test(s) at the new passing standard(s). The SBEC will provide TEA staff with
more direction on any further changes to the Core Subjects tests at their
Aug. 7, 2015 meeting.
As previously announced, the Generalist 4-8 (111) and
Generalist EC-6 (191) tests will be administered for the last time on Aug.
31, 2015. The August 2017 deadline for completion of all certificate
requirements and the October 2017 deadline for submission of online
applications, certificate application fees, and educator preparation program
recommendations remain in place as previously announced.