July 6, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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July 6, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


“I think accepting change is quite as important as defending the past.” - Cora, Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey, Season 3 

In society, there is a delicate balance between understanding that change is inevitable and holding on to the past. There is something to be said about defending past choices and traditions that become a staple, but there are times that we must move forward and adapt to change. In education, we thrive on change as we prepare students for a future that we cannot predict. So, this month, I challenge you to honor the past while still finding ways to move forward. 

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 Date & Time 

New: Evaluating Candidate Performance 


This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and school partners who support teacher candidates. In this workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will provide opportunities for participants to review the edTPA rubrics, introduce a process for identifying and evaluating evidence within an edTPA portfolio, and identify ways in which the performance evaluation process can be used for continuous improvement. 

(Half Day)

July 8, 2022

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

New: Task 4 Deep Dive (Elementary Education Only) 

This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and school partners who support 
elementary education teacher candidates. In this workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with a Texas Educator Preparation Program) will guide participants through a close examination of the Elementary Education: Task 4 Mathematics and its rubrics, providing a deeper dive into what candidates are asked to think about, do, and write as well as how candidate portfolios will be evaluated. 

(Half Day)

July 15, 2022

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

New: edTPA 101: Orientation to Performance-Based, Subject-Specific Assessment 

This webinar is for faculty, instructors, supervisors, and P-12 partners who support teacher candidates and are new to edTPA. In this edTPA 101 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. 


July 20, 2022

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

New: Curriculum Inquiry 

This workshop is intended for faculty, instructors, and supervisors who support teacher candidates. In this collaborative workshop, a member of the edTPA National Academy (affiliated with a Texas Educator 

Preparation Program) 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. 

(Half Day)

July 29, 2022

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

edTPA Implementation Series (Parts 3 & 4)

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. 

July 14, 2022

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


July 28, 2022

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Register here (both days) 


Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

ELAR 4-8 #217 

New Introductory Passing Standard  

(Below committee recommendation) 

September 2, 2022 

School Counselor Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #152 

September 6, 2022 

Trade & Industrial Education 6-12 Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #270 

September 6, 2022 

ELAR 4-8 Certification 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #117 

October 30, 2022 

Core Subjects EC-6 

Last day to apply and recommend for certification using #291 

December 30, 2022 

LOTE Spanish #613 

New Passing Standard 

January 9, 2023 

ELAR 4-8 #217 

New Passing Standard 

(At committee recommendation) 

September 1, 2023 

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

New: Title II Reporting – Thank You! 
A big THANK YOU!!! to our EPP partners for completing your Title II IPRC. All EPPs in Texas have now completed and certified this required reporting. Thank you for your effort in providing this data, your patience in waiting for the portal to open, and your work with the new federal vendor (RTI) to address technical issues. As a reminder, this reporting is typically completed with a deadline of April 30, so be on the lookout for it next year a little earlier. Thanks again for your effort! 

Updated: Deadline for Secondary ELAR Professional Learning Series Extended through July 18, 2022  
The deadline has been extended for the professional learning series that will begin in September 2022. Led by Teaching Works, the virtual professional learning series for teacher educators in Texas promotes the following goals:   

  • Support participants to continue building their own content knowledge for teaching English Language Arts with a focus on the new Texas Research Based Instructional Practices;  
  • Support participants to continue building their understanding of and skill with teaching high-leverage teaching practices that are required to teach English Language Arts to children; and  
  • Support participants in building their ability to help teacher candidates develop curriculum literacy, or capability with analyzing and adapting published curriculum materials to meet the needs of students, contexts, and purposes. 

Please see the program overview for more information and apply here if interested in participating. This is an incredible opportunity to learn and develop with the support of the nationally recognized Teaching Works out of the University of Michigan. Teaching Works has already supported the training and development of teacher educators at several EPPs in Texas.  As a reminder, all accepted applicants will receive a course release stipend; please see the above application (i.e., ‘apply here’) for details. Given that folks may be off this week, we will accept applications through July 18, 2022. Please email Ebony.Love@TEA.Texas.gov and Melissa.Yoder@tea.texas.gov if you have questions about the program or need support with the application. 

Updated: Principal and Teacher Survey Roster Reviews 
The Principal and Teacher Surveys closed for responses as of June 15. As we have done in prior years, TEA has provided rosters of respondents to EPPs for your optional review, to confirm that the respondents were associated with your EPP. TEA has cleaned these data and compared the rosters to ECOS and to the K-12 data but based on EPP request in prior years, we also provide for this optional review by EPPs. EPPs have now been provided access to these rosters via email. Any RFE forms for these surveys are due by August 1. 

Survey for Texas’ Virtual Education 
At the Texas Virtual Education Commission’s meeting in July, topics of discussion will be: teacher training, professional development, and support for the virtual teaching and learning environment. The Commission has asked for EPPs who are currently leading the way, and we are excited to share a spotlight on EPPs who are doing great work in this area! To this end, if your EPP has made programmatic adjustments to better prepare teachers for teaching in a virtual or blended environment, please fill out this Virtual Education: Teacher Preparation by July 15, 2022.  

Digital Literacy Instruction 
With the recent EdWeek article about teacher preparation and digital literacy instruction, TEA would like to encourage EPPs to reflect on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) aligned instruction they provide to candidates in comparison with the elements of the ISTE EPP pledge to prepare candidates for digital equity. As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, EPPS are encouraged to sign the ISTE pledge and commit to providing high-quality digital literacy instruction to your candidates! Reminder: EPPs are required to provide digital literacy instruction to candidates per 19 TAC §228.30(c)(8). 


Educator Standards and Testing

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

There is a Quick Reference Guide to ResultsAnalyzer®  to learn how to generate common candidate-level and exam-level reports. 


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.   

State Board of Education (SBOE) Update 
At the June SBOE meeting, the Board took no action on the adoption of 19 TAC Ch. 231 regarding public school personnel assignments and 19 TAC Ch. 250 regarding the petition procedures for rulemaking. Changes in these chapters will go into effect on July 21, 2022.  

The SBOE took action on (i.e., rejected) the adoption of 19 TAC Ch. 230, which resulted in no changes to Ch. 230. One change that was proposed in Ch. 230 was the adoption of edTPA to replace the PPR as Texas’s pedagogical assessment for standard certification. An additional change would have established a one-year timeline between exam launch and the last day candidates may use passing scores on the expired exam for certification.  

NOTES: (1) For the 2022-23 academic year, the edTPA will remain an optional pedagogical exam for standard certification alongside the PPR. EPPs may continue to support their candidates to complete the edTPA during the 2022-23 academic year. (2) The last day that a certificate may be recommended by the EPP using the ELAR 4-8 (117) exam results remains October 30, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact DeMarco Pitre: demarco.pitre@tea.texas.gov. 


Program Spotlight

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

Reminder: Do you know of exemplar educator preparation work happening in Texas? We want to spotlight this excellent work in our great state! 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 Kelly Torrey (Kelly.Torrey@tea.texas.gov) or your Education Specialist. 


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

Q: We have a candidate who was a Finisher in Math 4-8 and is having difficulty passing the TExES Math 4-8 exam. The candidate believes they will be more successful on the Social Studies 7-12 exam. Can we change the candidate’s Finisher status to Other Enrolled for Social Studies 7-12 and/or provide Social Studies 7-12 exam approval? 
A: The exam approval the EPP provides to the finisher candidate is directly related to the certificate category in which the candidate completed coursework and training. If the candidate completed program requirements for Math 4-8 certification, the EPP would provide Math 4-8 exam approval. A candidate’s Finisher status should not be revised to other enrolled unless the candidate did not complete all program requirements to be deemed a Finisher. If the candidate is a Finisher, the EPP provides exam approval per 19 TAC §228.40(d) and 19 TAC §230.21(b). 

Q: Can our EPP standard certify Superintendent candidates certifying through the PB route prior to the doctoral degree conferred? Sometimes the dissertation process takes longer than expected and delays the candidate from obtaining standard certification. The candidate already holds a Master’s degree but has not obtained the doctoral degree yet. A: No, a certificate issued through the post-baccalaureate (PB) route requires the candidate to complete the graduate degree concurrently with certification requirements. This means the doctoral degree must be conferred before the candidate can be recommended for the standard certificate. PB Superintendent candidates seeking a doctoral degree must have a conferred doctoral degree before their standard certificate can be recommended and issued because the certificate is tied to the degree. EPPs that would like to provide their Superintendent candidates with the opportunity to be certified before completing their doctoral degree can admit the candidate in the alternative certification (ALT) route for the Superintendent class. This would allow candidates who have completed all the requirements for certification to get standard certified before receiving their conferred doctoral degree.  

If your EPP is not approved for the Superintendent certification class in the ALT route and is approved for it in the PB route, you can contact your TEA assigned Education Specialist to discuss the process for approval to prepare and recommend candidates for certification in the ALT route.  


TEA Updates

Additional updates on initiatives and opportunities from the TEA.  

TEA is Hiring – Senior Analyst for Instructional Support 
The Educator Data, Research, and Strategy division is hiring a new Senior Data Analyst. This role will lead the team doing program evaluation and other analytical work to support the Instructional Support department. This department houses several initiatives, including: 

This is a great career opportunity for folks who have a rich understanding of K-12 education policy and practices, solid analytical and technical skills, and skills in supporting and leading a team. 

The position posting is here: https://bit.ly/3MDwMCY  

Resources at a Glance

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 

TEA Dyslexia Training 

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 need technical assistance please submit a TEALearn Help Desk ticket. For dyslexia course content questions, please send an email to specialeducation@tea.texas.gov. 

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.  

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