Texas law requires that educators pass appropriate tests to become certified. The office of Educator Testing oversees testing requirements for the state of Texas.
Additional Information Related to Testing
Testing Announcements and Updates
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 August 31, 2015.
Starting July 1, 2015, regular registration fees will be charged for all exam
testing dates beginning September 1, 2015. The current passing standards for
the Core Subjects tests will remain in place through August 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 August 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
August 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 August
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.
New Educator Standards for Testing
New educator standards for testing were posted for comment on May 29, 2015. Please submit comments by June 30, 2015.
New Tests Offered in October 2015
The following new tests will be available in October 2015:
- Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 6-12 (272) - Replaces Agriculture Science and Technology 6-12 (172)
- Business and Finance 6-12 (276) - Replaces Business Education 6-12 (176)
- Health Science (273) - Replaces Health Science Technology Education 8-12 (173)
- Marketing 6-12 ((275) - Replaces Marketing Education 8-12 (175)