Proposed State Board for Educator Certification Rules

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Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter B, General Certification Requirements, §230.11, General Requirements

Summary: The proposed amendment would specify the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) and the minimum scaled scores required for each section of the test to demonstrate English language proficiency for a candidate whose degree was earned outside the United States. The proposed amendment would also remove the provision that would allow an applicant who earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution of higher education (IHE) outside of the United States, including territories of the United States, to provide evidence that the primary language of instruction at the IHE was English.

Public Comment Period: The public comment period on the proposal begins June 30, 2017, and ends July 31, 2017. Comments on the proposal may be submitted to The SBEC will take registered oral and written comments on the proposed amendment to 19 TAC §230.11 at the August 4, 2017 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures.

(SBEC approval of proposal: June 9, 2017)
(Publication in the June 30, 2017 issue of the Texas Register)
(Earliest possible date of adoption by SBEC: August 4, 2017)
(Earliest possible date for review by State Board of Education: September 12-15, 2017)

Text of Proposed Amendment to 19 TAC §230.11 (PDF)

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