April 13, 2021: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Texas Education Agency

April 13, 2021

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” - Brené Brown 

Since March of 2020, we have lived in a world of vulnerability and the only constant was change. Flaws and challenges in every aspect of life were exposed and brought to attention in a public manner. Educators responded with grace, but it is still an uncomfortable feeling. Learning to work past the discomfort brings about innovation and change that has a positive impact as we learn to move forward. This vulnerability that has been experienced, has improved our practices and provided us an opportunity to show grit and stretch us in new directions. As the world becomes more “normal” let us not lose the lessons that we have learned about the power of vulnerability. As we strive to support you in your endeavorswe have compiled the most up-to-date information concerning what you need to know that impacts your candidates in the coming weeks. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, to dos, and FAQs.   

We hope that this newsletter provides clarity and platform for access to all the important updates. 

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Table of Contents

Upcoming Events

Topic Description Event Date Event Time

April edTPA 101 Session  

Overview for faculty, instructors, and P-12 partners new to edTPA 

April 14, 2021 
(Register here) 

3:00-4:00 pm CT 

edTPA Implementation, Support for the Change Process Webinar Series: 
Preparing to Implement edTPA 

Participants will
explore strategies
and considerations
for successful 
edTPA implementation 

April 15, 2021 
Register here) 

 3:00-4:00 pm CST   

Special Education Educator Standards Overview

Participants will collaboratively engage with the Special Education standards

May 5, 2021  

1:00- 2:30 pm CST

PAIL Training: Performance Data to Inform Practice 

Participants will examine data
and unpack priority competencies to
inform planning

May 13, 2021 

1:00-3:00 pm CST 


Upcoming Deadlines

Topic Action Item Due Date

PASL Exam  

Today: Deadline for PASL Task Submission   

Today: April 13, 2021, 
1:00 PM C 

Title II IPRC Report 

Deadline for submission of Title II IPRC report through title2.ed.gov 

April 30, 2021 

Waiver Probationary (WPRO) or Waiver Intern (WINT) Certificate  

 Complete all Testing Requirements

 Before the WPRO or WINT certificate expires 


Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management  

New: Title II Reporting 
With April comes Title II IPRC reporting season! This report is due by April 30, 2021. This federally required reporting happens annually, and programs update and submit their Title II IPRCs at title2.ed.govAs a reminder, TEA does not oversee the Title II reporting website, but we are able to monitor completion of this reporting by EPPs. If you have questions or need assistance, or need log in information for the website, please reach out to title2@westat.com. 

New: Title II Reporting Support Webinar 
Thank you to all the programs that were able to attend the Title II Support and Training webinar on April 1. This webinar was recorded and will be posted on the TEA’s Program Provider Resources page soon. As a reminder, there are many more training materials available at title2.ed.gov (resource page). If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to title2@westat.com 

New: Principal and Teacher Survey Distribution 
On April 1, the 2020-2021 Principal Survey opened for completion by campus principals. Principals complete this survey in ECOS and provide feedback regarding the preparation of the eligible teachers on their campus. Principals and other LEA staff are informed about the survey via a TAA letter and supporting information is available on the Principal Survey webpage. The survey window is open between April 1 – June 15. As a reminder, principals complete surveys related to individuals completing their first year as a teacher of record. 

Also, on April 1, the 2020-2021 Teacher Survey was emailed to teachers for completion. Teachers complete this survey by following a link in an email that is specifically addressed to them and provide feedback about their preparation. Teachers are informed about the survey via email and supporting information is available on the Teacher Survey 
webpage. The survey window is open between April 1 – June 15. As a reminder, teachers who are completing their first year as a teacher of record under a standard certificate are those asked to complete this survey. 

New: ASEP Mid-Year Webinar 
The ASEP Mid-Year webinar, along with the related FAQ, is now posted to the Program Provider Resources pageThis webinar was presented by TEA on March 24, 2021. The FAQ document includes questions submitted by EPPs during the webinar. We hope the webinar and FAQ document are helpful supplements to the Reporting Manual for EPPs as we enter the summer reporting season and look towards the September 15th ASEP reporting deadline. 

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing

New: 292 Early Childhood: PK-3 TExES Spring Exam Administration Window 

The May window for the 292 Early Childhood: PK-3 TExES exam administration has been updated. Please see the updated administration and score report dates below.  

Administration Dates 

Score Report Dates 











*Note: All 2018-2021 Early Childhood Certification Support grantees should ensure candidates test by the 5/17/2021 - 5/30/2021 window, as communicated in previous direct communication.  

New: Upcoming PAIL Training: Performance Data to Inform Practice: Save the Date  
Please save the date for an upcoming PAIL training, during which participants will analyze trends in PAIL candidate performance data across the stateunpack priority competencies, and identify and share practice-based best practices to develop those
competencies in aspiring school leaders. The training is scheduled for May 13, 2021 at 1:00-3:00 pm CST. Registration link coming soon!  

New: Special Education Standards OverviewSave the Date 
Please save the date for a Special Education Standards Overview training, during which we will deeply engage with the new special education standards for EC-6 and 6-12. We look forward to this collaborative opportunity on May 5, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 pm CST. 
Registration link coming soon!  

Updated: Scorers Needed for STR (Updated Links) 
Pearson is always seeking experienced educators and administrators to work on a temporary basis as professional scorers in the regional scoring facility located in San Antonio (at this time, remote scoring is available). In particular, they are seeking additional scorers for the Science of Teaching Reading (293) exam that launched in January 2021. For information on scorer qualifications and the application for current opportunities, please share this link with colleagues and alumni who might be qualified and interested.  

English Language Arts and Reading: 4-8 (217) Pilot Testing 
Pearson is seeking participants in the upcoming pilot test for the redeveloped English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 4-8 (217) exam. For information on eligibility, incentives, advantages of participation, scheduling, and registration for pilot tests, please visit the Pilot Testing website here: https://home.pearsonvue.com/espilot/tea. Registration will open in early to mid-April 2021. 

Interactive Practice Exams and Representative Exams for Science of Teaching 
Reading, Early Childhood: PK-3, and Educational Diagnostician  
The Science of Teaching Reading (293), Early Childhood: PK-3 (292), and Educational Diagnostician (253) exams launched in January 2021. New preparation manuals for these exams are currently available on the Pearson website 

New interactive practice examinations are available now.  

New representative examinations will be available to order no later than the dates listed below. 

  • Early Childhood PK-3 (292): April 21, 2021 
  • Educational Diagnostician (253): April 21, 2021 
  • Science of Teaching Reading (293): April 29, 2021 

To order a representative examination, authorized representatives from SBEC-approved EPPs can send a request for an order form to estestvoucher@pearson.com. 

PASL Task Submission DeadlineToday, 4/13/21  
The submission deadline for all PASL tasks is today, April 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm CT.  

Mapping the exam framework to courses taken is an activity that can assist candidates in determining whether the coursework they have completed to date covers the knowledge and skills assessed by an exam. 

Step 1. View or print the following instructions and sample completed worksheet: 

Step 2. Select the link below to access the exam competencies worksheet. 

There are many ways to learn about edTPAeven if you are not engaged in the formal Texas edTPA pilot. Each month until November 2021programs have an opportunity to attend an edTPA 101 webinar facilitated in collaboration with Pearson and edTPA National Academy members. These webinars are meant for faculty, instructors, and interested P-12 partners who support teacher candidates and are new to edTPA. If you are interested, please join this month’s webinar tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, 3-4PM CST (Register here).

Updates About SBEC, Rules, and Legislation

Updates related to actions by the State Board for Educator Certification, the State Board of Education, and the Legislature. 

The 87th Legislature Regular Session gaveled in on January 12, 2021. For your reference, here is information on the House Committee on Public Education and the Senate Committee on Education.  


Every newsletter we take this space to highlight questions that we have heard from EPPs.  

Q: What are the training requirements for field supervisors who support non-teacher candidates? 
A: Field supervisors who supervise non-teacher candidates are required to complete two types of training. One training is an EPP-based training that covers EPP-specific field supervisor requirements, such as submitting observation documents and documenting first contact. The other training is provided through a TEA-approved provider for field supervision.  

Q: Is it possible for ACP candidates, who have passed their content pedagogy certification test(s) and not yet obtained the required FBE and training hours, to qualify as a summer-school teacher of record? 
A: No. Candidates are unable to complete the training requirement (internship or clinical teaching) in a summer-school setting. Also, candidates arrequired to complete at least 150 clock-hours of coursework related to their certificate category and 30 FBE hours (given that they meet all other internship requirements) in order to be eligible for an internship or clinical teaching experience. This rule can be found in 19 TAC §228.35(b). 

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA  

As an Educator Preparation Program, your main point of contact is your Program Specialist 

To view a list of EPPs and their associated Program Specialist, please click here 

For easiest assistance, file a HelpDesk Ticket 

For More Information

Information regarding educator certification testing can be accessed at the Texas Educator Certification Exam website 

Information regarding the Science of Teaching Reading Exam can be accessed at 

Information regarding edTPA 2020-2021 information opportunities can be accessed here 

Information and updates regarding the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) can be accessed at the Important Updates link.  

Updated information related to the COVID-19 response can be accessed here 

To view previous editions of the weekly newsletter, please see the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletter webpage. 

Resources at a Glance...  

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience: Provides model lessons and video of instructional delivery. 

Practice based preparation resources for virtual field-based experience: Provides content neutral pedagogical skill building through observing model of and practicing the same high leverage skill  

Full scope and sequence of upcoming edTPA training opportunities.  

From Our Programs

Get Connected—Collaborative STR Preparation Networking Group 

Are you interested in joining a collaborative network for learning about and preparing teachers for the STR exam? Share your contact information on this form to get the conversation started! Thank you to Melissa Stewart at Region 13 for driving this opportunity. 

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