October 5, 2022: Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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October 5, 2022

Texas Educator Preparation Programs Newsletter

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


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).

“When you give someone an education, it changes them irreversibly; it transforms their life and it changes their community forever.” - Marty Castro 

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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. 

Educator Preparation Program Support

Educator Certification 

Updates related to Educator Preparation Program Management 

Update: LBB Reporting – Technical Difficulties 

As noted in an email on Friday, September 23, due to a glitch within ECOS, EPPs are currently unable to upload their 2020-2021 graduates, as this option is not available on the relevant drop-down menu. This is required for LBB reporting. After research by our IT department, we determined that we will not be able to implement a fix to the dropdown menu in time for EPPs to upload their own data and meet the LBB reporting timeline.  

To support EPPs in meeting the LBB reporting timeline, we have identified a workaround for this year. TEA will gather this data from EPPs and directly load it into the system. Once the data is loaded into the system, EPPs will be able to retrieve their report in ECOS as usual. To support this effort, please follow these instructions: 

  1. Construct your .csv file as described in the ASEP Manual. Please note that these are your undergraduate teacher education program graduates for 2020-2021. 
  1. Name your .csv file with your EPP name and CDN. 
  1. Create a Help Desk Ticket in the Data Reporting tab and attached your file. Please title your ticket “LBB Data for Upload (EPP Name)” 
  1. Once TEA has loaded the data, we will reply to the ticket informing you that you can now view your 2021-2022 LBB report. 

We anticipate being able to support EPPs as long as this data is submitted by Friday, October 7.   

Again, if you uploaded your 2020-2021 graduates prior to the emergence of this glitch, you just need to view your 2021-2022 LBB report. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to reach out via a Help Desk Ticket.  


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 


Reminder: 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. 

The last day to register for the Texas Assessment of Sign Communication (TASC) and Texas Assessment of Sign Communication—American Sign Language (TASC–ASL) is 09/30/22. This is the last administration window for the year. Ensure your candidates have the appropriate exam approval so that registration and scheduling may be completed. 


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

Q: When will the EPPs that were reviewed in 2021-2022 go forth to SBEC for continuing approval?  

A: All EPPs will be presented for action at the December 9, 2022, SBEC meeting. The SBEC Meeting Agendas are posted on the TEA website. 

Q: ASEP Reporting 2021-2022 is now complete and the 2021-2022 year is locked. Is there anything my EPP should be doing now? 

A: Yes, All EPPs should be entering admissions within 7-calendar days as required in 19 TAC §227.15 and 19 TAC §227.17, all formal observations for all candidates in all classes should be uploaded into ASEP as they occur, candidates should be given test approval as the EPP has determined their readiness to test per 19 TAC §228.40(d), and candidates should be marked as other enrolled or finisher on your finisher records list as applicable. ASEP Reporting is not an event, it is a continuous cycle that should be carefully monitored throughout the year. Finally, we recommend that EPPs start to create their files for submitting clinical experience information. This new collection will begin in ECOS in December, andwill include individuals involved in an internship, clinical teaching, or practicum this reporting year. See this document for details and templates. 


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 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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