Educator Testing

Welcome to the office of Educator Testing at the Texas Education Agency. The office of Educator Testing is responsible for the overall management and monitoring of the statewide educator certification testing contract as well as the development and implementation of testing rules. This page provides testing information related to obtaining a Texas educator certificate. Texas law requires that educators pass appropriate tests to become certified. The appropriate examination(s) required for certification are specified in the Texas Administrative Code, §230.21(e). Further information about current, past, and future tests may be found below:

Testing Information

Information related to testing is available below:

Additional Information Related to Testing

Additional testing information is available below:

 

Testing Announcements and Updates 

New: ELAR 4-8 (217): Exam Transition FAQ Document  

The ELAR 4-8 exam transition to the ELAR 4-8 (217) exam will occur on January 1, 2022. Please see the informational one-pager that addresses timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources.

PPR for Trade and Industrial (370): Exam Transition FAQ Document  

The new PPR for Trade and Industrial (370) TExES exam will launch on September 6, 2021. Please see the PPR for T&I (370) Exam FAQ document that addresses timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources.

School Counselor (252): Exam Transition FAQ Document 

The new School Counselor (252) TExES exam will launch on September 6, 2021. Please see the School Counselor (252) Exam FAQ document that addresses timelines and other frequently asked questions related to the exam launch, program requirements, and candidate preparation resources.   

Testing Vendor Updates:

Pearson - 1-800-877-4599

All Texas-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) for Texas Educator Certification Examination Program testing are open where local guidance permits.

In support of candidates’ health and safety and the health and safety of their employees, Pearson will follow recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, Pearson asks that candidates comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined on Pearson's COVID-19 webpage, including, but not limited to:

• acknowledging that you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, have not had any flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, and have not been under 14 days’ quarantine or centralized observation;

• participating in social distancing;

• wearing a face mask in locations where required; and,

• in some locations, permitting a temperature check upon arrival.

In addition, Pearson is outfitting test centers with hand sanitizer, increasing their cleaning and disinfecting regimens between testing appointments, permitting the use of disposable gloves, and, in locations where they are not required, permitting the optional use of face masks.

Many of Pearson’s partner sites, some of which may be located at colleges and universities, have been and continue to remain open. Please visit the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website at www.tx.nesinc.com for more information.

 

ETS – Performance Assessment for School Leaders 1-855-628-5088

The PASL Assessment Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 dates have been posted on the ETS website – see links below.

Registration and Submission: https://www.ets.org/ppa/test-takers/school-leaders/register/dates-deadlines/ 

Score Reporting for Test Takers: https://www.ets.org/ppa/test-takers/school-leaders/scores/get 

Score Reporting for TEA and Programs: https://www.ets.org/ppa/educator-programs/school-leaders/scores/get

The Important Updates page contains a link to the guidance document for candidates who may be submitting their PASL assessment tasks while working in a virtual learning environment. 

The PASL Assessment Task 3 Library of Examples page has been updated to include a virtual learning response for each textbox.

We will continue to provide updates periodically. This information is also available at https://www.ets.org/ppa.

 

Early Childhood PK-3 #292 Certification

The Early Childhood: PK–3 #292 is not an exam available to be taken under the "Certification by Exam" option. It requires specific coursework and training to be completed with an Approved Educator Preparation Program. Please contact an approved educator preparation program for exam approval. The Early Childhood PK-3 FAQ is now available to address common inquiries. 

Updates have been made to the administration and score reporting window for this school year. Please review the updated score reporting dates available on the Pearson website

 

Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change

Candidates are limited to a total of 5 attempts to pass a certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, has expired. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination, no matter when they occurred, will count toward the 5-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted.

Candidates, educators, and others who took certification examinations before September 1, 2015 and have not yet passed those examinations will find more information in the candidate guidance document. Testers impacted by the change must take their examination(s) by August 31, 2018, if the new test attempt counting method will make them ineligible on September 1, 2018. Candidates who reach the 5-time testing limit must apply for a test-limit waiver to retest.

Note: Individuals who did not test before September 1, 2015, are not affected by the change since all examination attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these testers. TX PACT examinations taken for intensive pre-service are subject to the 5-time test limit. TX PACT examinations taken for all other purposes are not subject to the 5-time test limit.