March 9, 2017
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Certification Exam Reimbursement for School Year 2016-2017
Education Code §29.190 authorizes the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to pay
school districts an amount equal to the cost paid by the district for a
certification exam taken and passed by a student. TEA received a limited amount
of funding for this purpose for the 2016-2017 biennium.
Districts may apply for reimbursement of certification exams
taken by students during the 2016-2017 school year. The agency will reimburse
the cost of each exam up to $350 per exam under the following conditions:
who take multiple certification exams are only eligible for one reimbursement.
- The district must have paid the fee for the
examination with state or local funds.
The student must either have successfully
completed the career and technical education (CTE) program of a school district
or charter school in which the student receives training and instruction for
employment or have been enrolled in a special education program.
Each student must have taken and passed
the certification exam to qualify for a license or certificate prior to July
The certification exam passed by the student
must be an end-of-program exam included on the 2017 Perkins Program
Effectiveness Report (PER).
Certification exams paid for with Perkins
federal funds are not eligible for reimbursement.
Applications may be submitted beginning Thursday, March 9,
2017, and ending Friday, August 4, 2017. Applications will be reviewed and
reimbursements granted on a first-come,
first-served basis until the allocated funding has been expended.
verify the accuracy and eligibility of all students based on the criteria
listed above. When you submit the information to TEA, you are taking
responsibility for its accuracy.
the 2017 Certification Exam
Reimbursement Application template attached to this correspondence.
information for all eligible students into the 2017 Certification Exam
Reimbursement Application. Lists that contain duplicate students will
be returned for corrections.
- Save your
completed 2017 Certification Exam Reimbursement Application with a new name, following this format: [district] 2017 CTE (e.g., Alphabet ISD 2017 CTE). (This is a very important step as TEA will
receive hundreds of versions of this application from districts all over the
organize and keep all documentation. This includes proof of payment by the
district as well as verification that each student successfully completed a CTE
program, and took and passed the certification exam.
Should TEA have questions
concerning your application, you will be asked to submit this documentation.
The documentation will then be required for approval.
the completed 2017 Certification Exam Reimbursement Application (saved with the
new name) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some additional requirements for this email are:
Spreadsheets must be submitted through
ShareFile, a secure file transfer protocol. Please see TEA's Contact information for more information.
The email must come from the email address of
the superintendent-appointed district coordinator. This is the person taking
responsibility for all information in the application.
The email must have the following as the subject
line: [district] 2017 CTE.
The body of the email must contain the following
statement of certification:
__[title]___ for _____[district name]____, have verified the
information submitted to the Texas Education Agency via this email and attached
document and certify its truth and accuracy.
Do not mail or fax the information to TEA. Mailed or faxed applications
will be returned to the sender.
- Watch for emailed verification of the submission
within five (5) working days. Should such verification not arrive within five
business days, please contact the CTE Unit in the Department of College,
Career, and Military Preparation by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (512) 936-6060.
Career, and Military Preparation
Attachment: 2017 Certification Exam Reimbursement Application template