April 26, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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April 26, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


“The only reason you get drafted or even looked at by the NFL is because they believe you can play at the next level...if they believe I can do that, you know I believe I can do it.” Robert Griffin III 

It is NFL draft week, and even if you are not a football fan, I would encourage you to watch at least the first round. The thrill on the faces of the athletes and family as names are called makes you smile. Educators have the power to make each student feel like a first-round draft pick. Educators are the ones cheering on their students, encouraging them to continue, and making the student believe in themselves. As we near the end of the spring semester, continue to build your students up so they can believe in themselves! 

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

Topic: P-12 Partner Engagement & Support
In this webinar, Texas EPPs and their school partners will share their purposeful, collaborative work to support teacher candidates. Session facilitators will also share how edTPA supports a rigorous and meaningful experience for teacher candidates and P-12 students.
Event Date: 
April 28, 2022
Event Time:
 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Register here) 

New Topic: edTPA Implementation Series Part 1: Orientation to edTPA 
Description: In this webinar series, an edTPA National Academy Member (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will orient participants to the subject-specific, performance-based assessment edTPA; provide examples of best practices to effectively implement edTPA; identify strategies when supporting candidates during instruction and implementation; and describe methods for using and learning from edTPA evidence. 
Event Date:
May 5, 2022
Event Time: 
3:30-4:30 P.M. (Register here) 

Additional edTPA Workshops and Webinars:
To find information about the workshops and webinars that will be offered from May through July 2022, please see
Spring and Summer 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars. Please note: When you access the flyer, you will want to save the flyer locally (rather than open in Google docs) in order to select the registration links. 

Upcoming Deadlines

Topic: Vetted Principal Residency Program Application
Action: Open Application, not required.
Due Date: April 12, 2022- May 9, 2022

Topic: PASL
Action: Scores updated in ECOS 
Due Date: May 18, 2022

Topic: School Counselor Certification
Action: Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #152.
Due Date: September 6, 2022

Topic: Trade & Industrial Education 6-12 Certification
Action: Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #270.
Due Date: September 6, 2022

Topic: ELAR 4-8 Certification
Action: Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #117.
Due Date: October 30, 2022

Table Of Contents

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 Education Specialist.   

  • Or, EPPs (and candidates) may call (512) 936-8400 and select Option #5: Educator Preparation Programs. If an Education Specialist is not available to answer the call at that time, please leave a voicemail. An Education Specialist will promptly return the call.  

If EPPs (and candidates) would like to speak to a representative from another area(s), they may submit a Help Desk Ticket or contact (512) 936-8400 and select one of the options listed below. 

  • Option 2: Educator Certification  
  • Option 3: Fingerprinting  
  • Option 6: Investigations 
  • Option 8: General Office Information 

The Teal Account Access team and Educator Testing team are available through the Help Desk. Links to both teams are below. 

Educator Preparation Program Support

TEALearn’s Dyslexia Training is Now Available 
TEALearn has a new dyslexia training, TEA Dyslexia, that has been made available (at no cost) to candidates who are seeking an initial certification for all certification classes. Information about the training and how to enroll can be found on the TEA Learn platform. NOTE: For candidates who have not yet been issued an intern, probationary, or standard certificate, please follow the steps noted on the webpage, Dyslexia Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs, to enroll in the course.   

If you have any questions or need assistance accessing TEA Dyslexia, please contact specialeducation@tea.texas.gov or submit a TEALearn Help Desk ticket. 

Title II Reporting 
TEA has recently been included in communication from the Title II vendor (RTI) related to the forthcoming IPRC reporting window. They have confirmed that the IPRC will not be due by April 30. They provided a rough timeline, stating that the IPRC reporting window should open within the next couple of weeks, and that the reporting will be due approximately two months after the window opens. They will reach out to EPPs with further information. 

Thank you all again for your monitoring of this situation.  

ECOS Updates 
Updates to ECOS were released on April 21, 2022. These updates include the following items of interest to EPPs: 

  • Test Search: We are improving this feature so results correctly display for EPP candidates based on the parameters set in the search page. 
  • Test approval pages: We are removing old tests from the test approval page. Only tests that are currently being administered will now display on the picklist.  
  • View Pass Rates screen: We are cleaning up the listed tests, so only those used for determination of pass rate are displayed. 

2022 Vetted Principal Residency Program List Application 
TEA has opened the next cycle of the Vetted Principal Residency Program application for EPPs that are implementing principal residency models. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will receive communication about their application status accordingly.  

EPPs designated as vetted principal residency programs during the Spring 2022 application cycle are eligible to partner with awarded school districts who may be looking for EPP partnerships to leverage principal residency grant funds during principal residency grant cycle 6 for the 2023-2024 academic year. Application for the principal residency grant cycle 6 (district-facing) will open in early Fall 2022.  

Key Application Information: 

  • Application Materials: The 2022 Vetted Principal Residency Program Application Request includes application directions, submission checklists, EPP Fidelity of Implementation (FOI) and the link to the application. There is also a video application overview walking through the major components of the application. 
  • Application Submission Timeline: 4/12/22- 5/09/22  
  • Final Application Status Communication: May 30, 2022, though all applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  
  • FAQ Submission Information: Please email any questions to principalresidency@tea.texas.gov by April 19, 2022. Your questions will then be populated into an FAQ that will be posted soon to the page Program Provider Resources. 


Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

BTLPT Score Reporting Adjustments for June, July, and August 2022 
The reporting timeline has been adjusted for three exam administrations of the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test (BTLPT) Spanish (190) in June, July, and August 2022. Pearson is implementing internal system updates for 190 that require a 7-day extension in the reporting period for only these three administrations. The adjustment does not apply to any other 190 administrations or to any other exam in the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program. The adjusted reporting dates for the June, July, and August 2022 exam administrations are available in the BTLPT Spanish score reporting table. 

End of Introductory Period for School Counselor and PPR for Trade & Industrial Education 
The School Counselor (252) and PPR for T&I (370) exam introductory period will run through May 2, 2022. A cut score has been established and can be found in Chapter 151. Commissioner's Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations. 

Final Exam Frameworks Available 
All new assessments will have frameworks released about 12-18 months before the scheduled launch date announced on the Teacher Certification Redesign page. This marks the time to begin implementing changes to your internal systems and curriculum. Final exam frameworks are available for the exams below, and one-page informational documents will be available soon.  

EPPs can track the number of times a candidate has taken a particular exam with data available within the ResultsAnalyzer® section of the edReports website. Administrators can review the data to determine if candidates are approaching or have reached the five-attempt limit.


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.   

New: The April SBEC meeting will be held this Friday, April 29th beginning at 8:30 AM. More information about the SBEC meeting, including the meeting agenda and access to view the meeting livestream, can be found on the SBEC webpage. 


Program Spotlight

In each newsletter, we aim to celebrate the great work from EPPs around Texas.

Program Spotlight Nomination Form 
TEA has created a process to gather information about the wonderful practices, partnerships, and initiatives conducted by EPPs. If you would like to nominate your EPP or another EPP you’ve worked with, please complete and submit the Program Spotlight Nomination Form. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Education Specialist. 



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

Q: My EPP sometimes has candidate certificates that are not issued when recommended, and I do not know why. Is there a protocol my EPP should follow to seek resolution? 
A: Yes, there is a protocol. You should contact your Education Specialist assigned via the Help Desk or email. Your Specialist will provide assistance to identify the reason and resolve the issue. Typically, the issue is a hold on the educator account that is usually resolved by working with other divisions at TEA.  


TEA Updates

Additional updates on initiatives and opportunities from the TEA.  

Teacher Vacancy Task Force 
TEA established the Teacher Vacancy Task Force to address ongoing staffing concerns that have been exacerbated by both population growth and the wide-ranging disruptions of a two-year-long pandemic. The Teacher Vacancy Task Force is working to find teacher-shaped solutions to these challenges, blending a variety of perspectives and experiences from current classroom teachers and school administrators into thoughtful policy recommendations and an innovative way forward that firmly supports the needs of our teachers. For more information, please go to Teacher Vacancy Task Force Overview 


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 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   

PASL Videos

ETS and TEA have worked together to create instructional videos to orient faculty, staff, and candidates to the requirements of the PASL test. Video one provides a general overview of PASL, its content, and scoring/reporting procedures. Video two provides a more in-depth overview of the tasks associated with the assessment. Full requirements, descriptions, and resources may be found in the PASL Candidate and Educator handbook.   

PASL Video One: https://vimeo.com/user127014634/download/669946029/6aa375f585 

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