November 12, 2021: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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November 12, 2021

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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“I don't use Daylight Savings Time for an extra hour of sleep. I use it for an extra hour of coffee-drinking! ~Keith Wynn 

This past weekend, I saw so many exciting posts about having one more hour of sleep. I laughed to myself knowing that it just meant that I would be up an hour earlier trying to figure out what to do with my time. There will always be more that we can do, however, it is perfectly acceptable to take an extra hour here and there for ourselves.  I hope everyone enjoyed their “extra hour” of weekend! 

Our goal is for this newsletter to serve as a support by compiling 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.   

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Upcoming Events

Event: edTPA Curriculum Inquiry 
Event Description: In this collaborative workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy will provide opportunities for participants to review their programs’ scope and sequence and course syllabi to identify areas in which the constructs, measured by edTPA, are already embedded and could naturally be embedded. 
Event Date: November 12, 2021 Register Here 
Event Time: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. 

Event: edTPA 101: Orientation to Performance-Based, Subject-Specific Assessment 
Event Description: In this webinar, participants will be provided with an overview of the purpose, development, and design of edTPA. Additionally, participants will examine what candidates provide as evidence for each of the edTPA tasks, engage in a review of the scoring process, and learn how to access key resources. 
Event Date: November 17, 2021 Register here 
Event Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Event: Tools for edTPA Data Analysis
Event Description:
 In this webinar, a Pearson representative will provide an overview and demonstration of the ResultsAnalyzer® interactive reporting tool for edTPAResultsAnalyzer® is the web-based application that allows score reporting contacts the opportunity to review and analyze assessment data.
Event Date: 
November 18, 2021 Register here 
Event Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Event: Certificate Correction, Deactivation/Reactivation, and Data Fix Webinar
Event Description: The purpose of this webinar is to review certificate correction, deactivation, reactivation, and data fix processes. 
Event Date: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 Register Here 
Event Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST

Upcoming Deadlines

Topic: ASEP Technology Fee
Action Item: 
Submit payment of fee, per invoice
Due Date: 
November 16, 2021

Topic: Test-Limit Waiver
Action Item: 
Last date to submit waiver applications for Core Subjects EC-6 (291) & ELAR 4-8 (117) - if applicable for the candidate 
Due Date: December 1, 2021

Topic: Last Administration Date for TExES #117 & TExES #291 Exams
Action Item: 
Share deadline information with candidates and encourage early exam registration. 
Due Date: Last administered December 31, 2021

Table Of Contents

EPP Points of Contact

Your best source for information and support at the TEA.   

As an EPP, your main point of contact is your Education Specialist.   

  • To view a list of EPPs and their associated Education Specialist, please click here.   
  • For easiest assistance, file a HelpDesk Ticket.  

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management

New: Upcoming Agency Holidays 
TEA will be closed on Wednesday, November 24th, Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. TEA staff will respond to phone calls, emails, and Help Desk tickets submitted on agency holidays once the agency reopens.  

New: TExES 291 – 391 Exam Transition Test Approval Reminder 
With the upcoming discontinuation of the TExES #291 Core Subjects EC-6 exam, TEA would like to remind programs to provide candidates with test approval (once test readiness is demonstrated) for candidates who have remaining exam attempts on the #291 exam. TEA is in the process of notifying candidates who have remaining TExES #291 exam attempts but programs can start to notify candidates as well. The TEA email will be sent to the candidate’s email address that is listed in the candidate’s TEAL educator account. 

A passing score on the TExES #291 exam can be used for certification purposes until December 30, 2022. TEA advises programs to notify candidates of the exam transition. 

October 20 Insight to Impact Data Dashboard Webinar - Thank you! 
Thanks so much to everyone who joined the Insight to Impact webinar on October 20. We had a great turnout-- 96 participants from 74 EPPs! Thank you for providing high-quality feedback and engaging in the very important discussion around Insight to Impact. If you were unable to attend, you can click here to view the slide deck. 

Certificate Correction, Deactivation/Reactivation, and Data Fix Webinar 
It’s time for another EPP webinar! This webinar will occur on Wednesday, December 1st from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The purpose of this webinar is to review certificate correction, deactivation, reactivation, and data fix processes. This webinar is intended for those who submit certificate correction, deactivation/reactivation, and data fix requests. The webinar registration link can be found in the Upcoming Events section as well.  

Innovative EPP Commendation Call  
In October of 2019, the SBEC approved a framework and procedures for determining EPP Commendations. Commendation Category 4, the Innovative Educator Preparation category, gives the SBEC the opportunity to designate EPPs that have implemented innovative approaches in a defined area of emphasis.  

For 2020-2021, the SBEC seeks to recognize EPPs that engage in comprehensive partnerships with LEAs to support district-specific needs in one or more of the following areas:   

  • supporting districts and mentor teachers through the pandemic,   
  • ​accelerating learning in response to COVID-related learning loss,   
  • addressing staffing challenges, and   
  • implementing best practices that emerged from EPP and/or district responses to the COVID pandemic.   

The call for applications can be found at the link andon the Program Provider Resources page. EPPs must respond to the call by December 1, 2021 with a complete set of materials to be eligible for recognition. The TEA reviews applications for topic alignment and completeness. Complete and appropriate applications are reviewed by an SBEC committee which recommends EPPs to the full SBEC for approval of the commendation. Recognition is awarded at the discretion of the committee and the SBEC. 

The FAQ document for the Innovative EPP Commendation Call provides responses to questions received from the field to date. 

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

New: Special Education Exam Framework Public Comment Period through December 10th
Public comments are being requested through December 10, 2021, on the draft Special Education EC-6 Framework and Special Education 6-12 Framework, which are based on the Special Education Certificate Standards. The frameworks will help guide the test development process for the new Special Education EC-6 and 6-12 tests. Comments may be sent to DeMarco Pitre 

Candidates can now upload their Test-Limit Waiver application online. Please have them review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document  for answers to common questions. 

Educator Certification

Updates related to Educator Certification 

Superintendent Certification Application 
The Superintendent Certification Application for the Substitution of Managerial Experience in Lieu of the Principal Certification has been updated. Please destroy old versions of the application that you may have on file. 

In order to substitute managerial experience for the principal certification, individuals must have three years of experience as a district employee in the following areas: 

1) Supervising and/or appraising personnel (direct supervision or appraisal, not simply taking part in the appraisal process); 

2) Leading district-wide (not campus-wide) projects or initiatives; and 

3) Managing and/or creating a budget 


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

Q: Is a candidate meeting the training requirement through an internship able to work as a part-time teacher?  
A: 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(B) requires the candidate to work in a classroom teacher assignment that allows the candidate to work an average of 4 hours each day in the subject area and grade level of certification sought. A part-time teaching position that does not meet this requirement would not meet the internship TAC qualifications. 

Q: If a candidate who graduated from our EPP non-certified 15 years ago comes back to the EPP and requests exam approval, but we no longer have their candidate documentation, are we able to provide test approval? If so, does that affect our next continuing approval review?  
A: If the candidate was a finisher, and if the certificate area in which the candidate finished is still a valid area, the EPP would provide test approval per 19 TAC §230.21(b). If the candidate was not a finisher, then the EPP would be required to formally admit the candidate and provide all requirements. See 19 TAC §228.40(d) for test approval requirements. To ensure the program has the required documents for a continuing approval review, the program would document the test approval process for the Finisher candidate and document the admission-to-certification processes if the candidate is required to readmit to the EPP. 

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.   

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.  

Lesson Study Gateway Resources

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

Texas Teach Like a Champion (TLAC)   

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

Texas TLAC One Pager for EPPs

Full scope and sequence of upcoming edTPA training opportunities.   

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