September 20, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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September 20, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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This newsletter compiles the most up-to-date information concerning what EPPs need to know to best support their faculty/instructors, staff, candidates, etc. Please thoroughly read all the sections for reminders, upcoming events, To Dos, and FAQs.    

We encourage you to allow this week's quote to serve as a great reminder for one of the most important aspects of our profession (i.e., lifelong learning).

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” —John Dewey 

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Upcoming Events



Event Date & Time 

ResultsAnalyzer® Webinars 

To support ongoing access to and understanding of your testing data, Pearson is hosting four webinars in September 2022 focused on orientation to ResultsAnalyzer®. Each of the four sessions will be delivered live (not recorded) and cover the same content.  Attendees will be introduced to the basic features of the three primary data streams in ResultsAnalyzer® (Examinee, Test, and Registration). The sessions will cover tips and tricks for navigation, filtering, sorting, and export. Please note registration is required in advance. The webinars are for persons affiliated with Texas educator preparation programs approved by the State Board for Educator Certification. 



 Thursday, September 22, 2022,  

1:00-2:00 p.m. 


Monday, September 26, 2022, 

1:00-2:00 p.m. 


Wednesday, September 28, 2022  

2:00-3:00 p.m. 


Upcoming Deadlines


Action Item   

Due Date   

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 

(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. 

Upcoming edTPA Supports

In this section, TEA will share updates, information, and support for programs choosing to utilize edTPA throughout the 2022-23 academic year. NOTE: edTPA remains to be an option for candidates to complete as their pedagogical exam in lieu of the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam.   



Event Date & Time 

Supporting the Change Process for Educator Preparation Programs, Part 1: Orientation to edTPA 

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. 

Tuesday September 27, 2022, 

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

*Please view the Fall 2022 edTPA Virtual Workshops and Webinars calendar linked here. 


ASEP Reporting-Thank you!

Updates related to Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP) Reporting 

Updated: ASEP Reporting Complete!  ASEP 2021-2022 closed on Thursday, 9/15/2022, at 5 PM CST. A big thank you to everyone involved in completing the reporting of ASEP data this year. Your education specialists are reaching out with any remaining next steps, and the data team will be working on processing all the data over the coming weeks.  

New: 2021-2022 ASEP Reporting Affidavit  As of September 15, 2022, the 2020-2021 ASEP reporting year is officially closed! The last item that is required to be submitted for ASEP reporting is the ASEP reporting affidavit. This can be found on the Program Provider Resources page under Forms and Documents. Submit the electronically signed affidavit to Preparation Programs in Help Desk by September 23, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. 

Educator Preparation Program Support

Educator Certification 

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management 

Clinical Experience Placement Collection for the 2022-2023 Academic Year 

As we previewed at the ASEP reporting webinar, there will be a new data collection related to clinical experiences starting in the 2022-2023 academic year. This new collection will simplify observation reporting (allowing EPPs to report the details about the placement just once) while allowing EPPs to store this required data in ECOS. We have provided you some tools that will help you start to plan forward. This document, which is published in the Forms and Documents section on the Program Provider Resources page on the TEA website, provides all the information you need about the collection. We will also be hosting a webinar later this fall as we get closer to the collection going live. A registration link will be available in the newsletter.  

 Reminder: Implementation of the Clinical Experience Records update to ECOS has been postponed until December. This decision was made to ensure the admin functions are fully operational to allow TEA to better support EPPs as they use the new features.  


NEW: LBB Reporting 

Educator preparation programs at public colleges and universities are required to report certification rates of teacher education graduates to the LBB. To facilitate the reporting process and ensure the consistency and accuracy of data, TEA supports public colleges and universities by making available a tool to collect graduate information from the entities and, using data in the TEA database, calculate the certification rate for constituents. Guidance for using the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS) to upload and retrieve your certification rate is available in the Data Reporting Manual 

More information will be distributed to public colleges and universities via email later this week.  


Educator Standards and Testing 

Updates related to Educator Standards and Certification Testing   

 Summary: The proposed amendment would specify the satisfactory scores for the Languages Other Than English: Spanish educator certification examination on or after January 9, 2023. Publication in the Texas Register: September 9, 2022 

 Public Comment Period: September 16-October 17, 2022. A form for submitting public comments is available on the proposed commissioner of education rules web page. 

 Proposed Effective Date: December 19, 2022 


New: ELAR 7-12 (331) and Physical Education EC-12 (258) Redesigned Exam One-pagers 

Both the ELAR 7-12 (331) and Physical Education EC-12 (258) exams will launch in September 2023. Please find important information for each redesigned exam in the one-pagers linked here: ELAR 7-12 (331) and Physical Education EC-12 (258). As we prepare for the launch of these exams, more information regarding the exams and aligned capacity building opportunities will be shared in upcoming months. 


Reminder: Purchasing Exam Vouchers The new implementation date will be on or before October 1, 2022.  

Certification exam vouchers are available for purchase by educator preparation programs to provide candidates with codes to be used during registration for a Texas educator certification exam. NOTE: The Exam Voucher Purchase Request Form and FAQs for purchasing certification exam vouchers can be found on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website 

Practice exam codes are available for purchase by educator preparation programs to provide candidates with full or partial credit toward fees for practice examinations. 

For questions or comments, send an email to 


DID YOU KNOW? Educational Testing Service (ETS) has updated their PASL assessment information pages. New Preparation materials include the following resources and more.  

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: 

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 

For More Information...

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

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.  

Information regarding the current Texas certification exams can be found on the 2021-2022 Required Test Chart for Texas Certification. 

Educator account setup instructions can be found on the TEA’s Educator Certification Online System website. 

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