January 18, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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January 18, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

Three young students on the floor, sharing a book called Ovals, from Donna ISD


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Over the long weekend, we reflected on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We celebrate the change and progress that he brought to the nation and still quote him today as we strive to continue his vision of a more united nation. This quote resonates with where we are now in educationThe past few years feel as if we have been living in a constant state of change and taking steps (well leaps) of faith as we do not know what each day will bringI challenge you this week to continue to take steps in faith and believe that each new step will lead you to a great destinationAlthough we may not always be able to see the end, or even just a few steps ahead, I trust that when we look back, we will be amazed athe grand staircase we just climbed finding joy, success, and peace at the top. Keep climbing! 

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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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.   

Educator Preparation Program Support

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management

New: Out With The Old and In With The New!  
You may have noticed that the Texas Educator Preparation Program Weekly Newsletters page has a new look for 2022. All of the 2020-2021 newsletters have been archived in a folder and only the current year newsletters are visible. The interlocking hands symbolize the collaboration among TEA teams to create the newsletters for our EPPs who are the recipients of the information. TEA will continue to archive past year’s newsletters and retain them for five years so you can reference them as needed. We hope you continue to enjoy them as much as we enjoy creating them for you!  

New: Insight to Impact Development Has Begun! 
We're excited to announce that we signed a contract with a vendor to build the Insight to Impact EPP Data Dashboards, and we’re officially off and running! We’ll share updates and visualizations throughout the process and plan to host a few webinars to provide more in-depth progress updates as well.  

New: The Administrator Addressed (TAA) Correspondence/edTPA Teacher Certification Examination Pilot 
The TAA letter, edTPA Teacher Certification Examination Pilot, was released on January 13, 2022 to school districts, charter schools, and regional education service centers (ESCs). The letter provides an explanation of what edTPA is, how edTPA is being piloted in Texas, and information regarding student privacy and the security of materials. Additionally, the TAA letter links the Informed Consent for edTPA Video Release Form. We encourage you to review the letter and share it with your P-12 school partners and partner ESCs who are interested in learning more about edTPA. If you have any questions or would like additional information related to Texas’ edTPA pilot, please contact DeMarco Pitre at DeMarco.Pitre@tea.texas.gov.   

New: The End is in Sight for TExES #152 School Counselor  
The TExES exam #152 is no longer available to testers, but a passing score on the TExES #152 exam can be used for certification purposes until September 6, 2022. There’s still time for EPPs to contact past and current finishers who have passed the #152 exam to ensure they are informed about the deadline of September 6, 2022 for using the exam for standard certification.  

New Year’s Resolution: Enter EPP Data into ECOS Throughout the Year 
With the start of a new year, the status of many of your candidates may have changed. For example, some candidates completed their clinical teaching or internship in the Fall semester and may now be Finishers. Now is a great time for EPP staff to review and update ECOS records for these candidates, ensuring that observation data has been entered and Finisher status has been updated where applicable. Keeping records updated throughout the year will save time at the end of the reporting year. 

Updated Education Specialist Assignment Chart 
TEA has updated the Education Specialist Assignments chart. The chart reflects the current TEA-approved educator preparation programs with the assigned TEA Education Specialist. The assignment chart can be found under the Forms and Documents 
section on 
TEA’s Program Provider Resources page 

What’s Next for the TExES #291 Core Subjects EC-6 Exam?  
The TExES exam #291 is no longer available to testers but, a passing score on the TExES #291 exam can be used for certification purposes until December 302022. 
EPPs should now think about how to efficiently process candidates who may want to use the #291 exam for certification before the December 302022 deadlineEPPs may want to set earlier deadlines for certificate recommendations and to monitor certificate issuance to help candidates meet issuance deadlines. Here are some thoughts from TEA staff: 

Finishers: EPPs should communicate with past and current finishers who have passed the #291 exam to ensure they are informed about the deadline of December 30, 2022 for using the exam for standard certification. Additionally, EPPs can sort and export their Finisher Records list and their Standard Certification Recommendation list in ECOS to help identify candidates who are Finishers and/or who have applied for certificates but have not yet been recommended. Candidates who are finishers or past finishers should be encouraged to apply and pay for standard certification, 
that requirements can be verified, and certificates recommended by the program, in a timely fashion so that certificates issue on or before December 30, 2022. 

Internship: EPPs who have candidates completing internships while holding Intern or Probationary certificates issued with a #291 exam should evaluate if candidates will be able to complete all requirements to meet the December 30, 2022 deadline for Standard certificate issuance. EPPs should provide communication regarding this information to their candidates (if applicable). NOTE: Please remember 19 TAC §228.35(e)(2)(B)(ix) requires the candidate to receive a successful internship recommendation from the assigned field supervisor and campus administrator at the end of the internship. 

Clinical Teaching: EPPs who have candidates that have passed the #291 exam but are not on target to meet the December 30, 2022 deadline because they have not begun an internship may qualify to complete clinical teaching insteadEPPs who are approved to offer clinical teaching may consider exploring this option with qualified candidates. The clinical teaching duration requirement is a minimum of 14 weeks, so completing clinical teaching instead of an internship shortens the timeline for candidates to complete requirements which could help candidates meet the December 30, 2022 deadline. 

What’s Next for the TExES #117 ELAR 4-8 Exam?  
The TExES exam #117 is no longer available to testers, but a passing score on the TExES #117 exam can be used for certification purposes until October 30, 2022. EPPs should now think about how to efficiently process candidates who may want to use the #117 exam for certification before the October 30, 2022 deadline. EPPs may want to set earlier deadlines for certificate recommendations and to monitor certificate issuance 
to help candidates meet issuance deadlines. Here are some thoughts from TEA staff: 

Finishers: EPPs should communicate with past and current finishers who have passed the #117 exam to ensure they are informed about the deadline of October 30, 2022 for using the exam for standard certification. Additionally, EPPs can sort and export their Finisher Records list and their Standard Certification Recommendation list in ECOS to help identify candidates who are Finishers and/or who have applied for certificates but have not yet been recommended. Candidates who are finishers or past finishers should be encouraged to apply and pay for standard certification, so that requirements can be verified, and certificates recommended by the program in a timely fashion so that certificates issue on or before October 30, 2022.  

Candidates Currently Completing Requirements: EPPs who have candidates working to complete requirements towards the ELAR 4-8 certificate should communicate 
deadlines with candidates so that requirements can be met, and certificates can be issued, by the October 30, 2022 deadline. 

If you have any questions about this information, contact your assigned Education Specialist for assistance. 

Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

ETS Seeking Constructed Response Scorers for PASL  
ETS invites school leaders and preparation faculty to participate in the online scoring of the ETS® Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL). This is an excellent opportunity for school leaders and preparation program faculty to become more familiar with this certification exam. Professionals who meet the criteria listed here are eligible to be scoring professionals (raters) for the PASL assessment.    

Updated: ELAR 4-8 #217 Exam Launch January 1, 2022 
The redesigned ELAR 4-8 #217 exam launched January 1, 2022. The last day for candidates to take the ELAR 4-8 #117 exam was December 31, 2021. The last registration date was December 29, 2021, with score reporting through January 2022. Please see the updated ELAR 4-8 exam one-pager for more information.  

Any subtest passed on exam 291 does not transfer to exam 391. Candidates will be required to pass all five subtests on exam 391 to achieve an overall passing score.  

Program Spotlight

When possible, we present updates and shared practices from EPPs around Texas. If you have information you would like to share in this space, please reach out to your education specialist.

TTU Program Spotlight 1.18.22

New: Texas Tech University and Lubbock Cooper ISD: Focused on Partnership to Build a Sustainable Teacher Residency Program 

LCISD Announces $20,000 in Living Expenses for TechTeach Student Teachers 

Lubbock-Cooper ISD announced in November that student teachers enrolled in Texas Tech University's TechTeach program can receive $20,000 to cover living expenses during their residency year through the Texas Covid Learning Accelerations (TCLAS) Decision 5: Residency Supports grant. As part of the grant, LCISD and TTU will partner with a technical assistance provider in the 2022-23 school year to engage in strategic staffing design work to make decisions to reallocate underutilized local funds to sustain teacher resident wages beyond the life of the grant.  

Texas Tech University is one of 15 vetted teacher residency programs in Texas and is a fully scaled program where 100% of student teachers engage in a one-year teacher residency during their clinical teaching experience. Texas Tech’s commitment to high quality residency practices is foundational to their district partners’ ability to begin to sustainably fund teacher residents as a systematic approach to building a strong educator pipeline. 


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

Q: Is the Governor’s Disaster Declaration still in place and if so, what does that mean for my EPP?  
A: Yes, the Governor’s Disaster Declaration was recently renewed for a month and is still in place. Reference 19 TAC §228.1(d) for the specific verbiage of the rule. Clinical teaching, internship, and practicum assignment minimums may be reduced by 20%, if necessary, to accommodate persons in affected areas. While the duration may be decreased, the required number of observations is not. Practically speaking, if a candidate is in an affected area and the campus closed during clinical teaching for a period of time, the EPP could shorten the clinical teaching experience by 20%. If a candidate is placed in a school that has had no disruptions and is able to complete all requirements as specified, s/he should do so and the EPP does not need to utilize the applicable TAC. If the disaster declaration is lifted, any candidate that started the clinical teaching, internship, or practicum assignment when the declaration was in place may complete the experience under that declaration. EPPs can follow the Governor’s Disaster Declaration in real time by going to the website to determine if it has been renewed and is still in place. 

Q: When a test is no longer available for test takers, how long may candidates, who have taken and passed the exam prior to the exam’s expiration date, use their scores for certificate issuance? 
A: The amount of time a candidate may use their passing scores for certificate issuance for exams that are no longer available for test takers is written in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). For example, the last date candidates may use their passing score for certificate issuance for TExES #117 ELAR 4-8 is October 30, 2022 as indicated in §TAC 233.3(b). Programs and candidates should first refer to TAC to help answer questions such as this, and the Required Test Chart may serve as a supplemental resource to also help answer such questions.  

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 tea.texas.gov/str.   

Information regarding Spring 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars.   

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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