June 14, 2022 Committee of the Full Board Item 1

Public Hearing Regarding Review of 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, §230.21, Educator Assessment

June 14, 2022


SUMMARY: A public hearing before the State Board of Education (SBOE) is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in the William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104. Testimony will be presented regarding review of 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, §230.21, Educator Assessment. In accordance with SBOE operating procedures, oral testimony will be limited to two minutes per person.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(b)(1), (2), and (4); 21.044(a); 21.048; 21.050; 22.082; and Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §54.003.

TEC, §21.041(b)(1), (2), and (4), require the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; and specify the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate.

TEC, §21.044(a), requires the SBEC to propose rules establishing training requirements a person must accomplish to obtain a certificate, enter an internship, or enter an induction-year program.

TEC, §21.048, states the SBEC shall propose rules prescribing comprehensive examinations for each class of certificate issued by the board that includes not requiring more than 45 days elapsing between examination retakes and that starting January 1, 2021, all candidates teaching prekindergarten through grade six must demonstrate proficiency in the science of teaching reading on a certification examination.

TEC, §21.050(a), states a person who applies for a teaching certificate must possess a bachelor's degree.

TEC, §21.050(b), states the SBEC shall provide for a minimum number of semester credit hours of field-based experience or internship.

TEC, §21.050(c), states a person who receives a bachelor's degree required for a teaching certificate on the basis of higher education coursework completed while receiving an exemption from tuition and fees under the TEC, §54.363, may not be required to participate in any field experience or internship consisting of student teaching to receive a teaching certificate.

TEC, §22.082, requires SBEC to subscribe to the criminal history clearinghouse as provided by Texas Government Code, §411.0845, and may obtain any law enforcement or criminal history records that relate to a specific applicant for or holder of a certificate issued under Chapter 21, Subchapter B.

TOC, §54.003, states a licensing authority shall provide accommodations and eligibility criteria for examinees diagnosed as having dyslexia.

The full text of statutory citations can be found in the statutory authority section of this agenda.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC rules in 19 TAC Chapter 230 specify the testing requirements for initial certification and for additional certificates based on examination. These requirements ensure educators are qualified and professionally prepared to instruct the schoolchildren of Texas.

At the July 2019 SBEC meeting, the SBEC adopted the edTPA performance assessment pilot as a portfolio-based assessment to gather data from the assessment on Texas candidates. From SBEC discussions in 2018, the goal of moving to a performance assessment was to improve the quality and consistency of newly certified teachers. This item provides the SBEC the opportunity to transition carefully from the edTPA pilot to full implementation. Given the feedback and input from the SBEC and stakeholders, the proposed rule text will allow for a three-phase approach over the next three academic years.

At the February 2022 SBEC meeting, Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff shared additional information regarding the edTPA implementation plan and addressed questions posed by members of the SBEC and stakeholders at the December 2021 meeting.

Review of 19 TAC Chapter 230, Professional Educator Preparation and Certification, Subchapter C, Assessment of Educators, §230.21, Educator Assessment is presented for action as a separate item in this agenda.

Staff Members Responsible:
Emily Garcia, Associate Commissioner, Educator Preparation, Certification, and Enforcement
Jessica McLoughlin, Director, Educator Standards, Testing, and Preparation