TExES Approval and Initial Certification Process and Policies

In alignment with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guiding principles, the College of Education & P-16 Integration (CEP) has established a mission of excellence in the preparation of educators, instructional leaders and school leaders. The new university has the esteemed reputation of having an educator preparation program with national accreditation and seeking continued status through CAEP accreditation. The College of Education & P-16 Integration (CEP) holds the values of exemplary program and assessment standards, rigorous, relevant preparation and strong community connections through early field experiences, clinical teaching, internships and practicums as measures of distinction in the application of best practice in K-12 schools. As a result, these guidelines and policies have been developed.

State Testing Policy: Effective September 1, teacher candidates will be limited to five attempts to take a certification exam. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the exam and four retakes. For example if candidates were approved to test prior to September 1, and failed, this counts as one attempt with four retakes remaining after this date. Texas Education Code §21.048 in response to House Bill 2205, 84th Texas Legislature, 2015.

State Accountability Measures:
All educator preparation programs are measured by results of the certification exams, performance based on the appraisal system for beginning teachers, improvement of achievement of students taught by beginning teachers (first three years), field supervision of clinical teachers/student teachers, or an internship and results from a principal survey.

Texas Administrative Code (TAC Rule §229.4):
(1) the performance standard of certification examinations of EPP candidates:
(B) for the 2017-2018 academic year, the performance standard shall be the percent of individuals who passed an examination within the first two attempts. For purposes of determining the pass rate, individuals shall not be excluded because the individual has not been recommended for a standard certificate. The pass rate is based solely on the examinations approved by the EPP and required to obtain initial certification in the class or category for which the individual serves his or her internship, clinical teaching, or practicum. Examinations not required for certification in that class or category, whether taken before or after admission to an EPP, are not included in the rate. The rate reflects whether or not an individual passed an examination within the first two attempts made on the examination, including those attempted after the individual has completed the EPP. The formula for calculation of pass rate is the number of individuals who have passed an examination on their first or second attempt divided by the number of individuals who passed an examination on their first attempt plus those who passed or failed on their second attempt:

(i) for examinations of pedagogy and professional responsibilities (PPR), the pass rate will be calculated as described in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph and the performance standard shall be:
(I) a pass rate of 80% for the 2016-2017 academic year (reporting year only using the percent of individuals who passed an examination within the first two attempts);
(II) a pass rate of 85% for the 2017-2018 academic year; and
(III) a pass rate of 90% for the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond; and
(ii) for non-PPR examinations, the pass rate will be calculated as described in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph and the performance standard shall be:
(I) a pass rate of 70% for the 2016-2017 academic year (reporting year only using the percent of individuals who passed an examination within the first two attempts);
(II) a pass rate of 75% for the 2017-2018 academic year;
(III) a pass rate of 80% for the 2018-2019 academic year;
(IV) a pass rate of 85% for the 2019-2020 academic year; and
(V) a pass rate of 90% for the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond;


Texas Administrative Code Determination of Accreditation Status

UTRGV College of Education & P-16 Integration (CEP) Policies

All candidates seeking State of Texas certification must meet appropriate and relevant Texas Administrative Rules (TAC) and adhere to current CEP standards and policies to ensure that educators have the appropriate credentials for serving K-12 students as teachers, counselors, educational diagnosticians, master reading teachers, principals and other school leaders.

For initial certification testing and certification approvals, the Teaching & Learning Department, the Bilingual and Literacy Studies Department and the Human Development and School Services collaboratively develop policies for administration of TExES Representatives, TExES Core Subjects and the TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Approval, academic interventions and certification requirements. Other TExES exam approvals are policies developed by respective academic departments.

For professional certification programs, respective academic departments develop policies related to administration of TExES Representatives, TExES approval, academic intervention(s) and certification policies in adherence to TAC policies.

Initial Certification

The following table describes the process for initial state certifications: TExES approvals, certification plans/interventions, and recommendation for certification.

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Elementary Teacher Education Program TExES Protocol and Policy

Link to download Elementary Teacher Education Program TExES Protocol and Policy 2017-2018 PDF

UTRGV Initial Preparation Program TExES Protocol Policy

Requirements

The College of Education & P-16 Integration has established the following policy for the Elementary Teacher Education Program effective fall 2017 cohort. All Elementary Teacher Education candidates are required to take the TExES Core Subjects Representative administered and coordinated by the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability (OEPA). Teacher candidates are required to take all the core subjects in one seating to emulate the actual State exam. Scores from the practice exam will serve as one diagnostic tool in order to provide necessary interventions, which may include the following: (a) provision of resources; (b) workshops; and/or (c) other test preparation activities.  The OEPA and academic departments will provide specifics regarding these various activities. OEPA and academic departments in support of student preparation will announce resources, workshop, and other test preparation activities.

Upon completion of the TExES Core Subjects Representative, Elementary Teacher Education candidates are eligible to take the State TExES Core Subjects exam.

Eligibility for taking the TExES PPR exam is met when Elementary Teacher Education candidates complete 12 semester hours of pedagogy coursework (EDCI courses). Elementary Teacher Education candidates meet the above requirement after completing the second semester (e.g., fall or spring).

UTRGV Initial Certification Policy

Requirements

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley College of Education & P-16 Integration Leadership Team has established the following policy with input from the Advisory Committee. The effective date of this policy is as of this date. All teacher candidates defined as “program finishers” fulfilling all the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) requirements including clinical teaching and confirmation of a degree, must fulfill State Certification testing requirements in order to be eligible for recommendation of certification to the State of Texas.

Program finisher(s) must request recommendation for teacher certification immediately upon conferred degree by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and no longer than 3 calendar years after fulfilling all degree requirements. This applies to all current teacher candidates formally admitted to the Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) as of fall 2015.

Middle School, High School, and All Level TExES Protocol and Policy

  • Approval for PPR EC-12 TExES exam
    • PPR Representative (practice) exam required
    • Must take and pass EDUC 3302 with a “C” or better
    • Approval for Content TExES exam
      • Eligibility Form signed by Program Coordinator

Requirements

Eligibility for taking the PPR TExES Content exam is met when Secondary Teacher Education candidates take the PPR TExES Representative exam and complete EDUC 3302 with a “C” or better. Eligibility for TExES Content Exam is obtained from respective Department.

UTeach TExES Protocol and Policy

  • Approval for PPR EC-12 and Content ExES exam
    • Eligibility Form signed by Master Teacher and UTeach Co-Director

Requirements

Eligibility for taking the PPR TExES Content and PPR exams is met when UTeach Teacher Education candidates receive approval from respective UTeach Master Teacher or Co-Director.

Timeframe for Receiving Teacher Certification Recommendation

If program finisher/teacher candidate is not test-complete by time a bachelor’s degree has been conferred, all testing requirements must be met within 3 calendar years to apply for teacher certification, and be eligible to receive recommendation for certification from UTRGV. 

Change in State Standards and Teacher Certification

Subsequent to completion of degree and request for approval to take State Certification exam; the current TEA regulations will be adhered to. Therefore candidates may be required to fulfill additional requirements not present at time of initial completion of degree. 

Transfer Requirements

If a teacher candidate does not complete all required testing requirements to be recommended for certification and opts to pursue a different area of certification/track for teacher certification, the student must complete a Transfer Form. The Transfer Form is necessary for eligibility into another EPP. The completion of a Transfer Form indemnifies UTRGV EPP against responsibility for the former student’s teacher certification recommendation and reporting requirements.