EPP Resources

Texas Educator Certification Program Tests

For a list of testing dates, see the TEST DATES section of this website.

See a list of all 2017-18 Texas Educator Certification Program tests (PDF), updated 8/31/17. This list shows each test name, test code, test format, test dates and any important notes regarding the administration.

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New Passing Standards for Some Educator Certification Tests 

The Commissioner of Education has adopted new 19 TAC Chapter 151, Commissioner’s Rules Concerning Passing Standards for Educator Certification Examinations, §151.1001, Passing Standards, which change the passing standards on some of the educator certification examinations, effective September 1, 2017. All passing scaled scores will remain at 240, but the performance standards or raw cut scores needed to achieve the scaled score have been adjusted for the examinations shown below to be more rigorous, meaning that 240 on the new scale corresponds to a higher score on the old scale. Educator preparation programs should use the ETS Data Manager to examine the potential impact that the new passing standards may have on your EPP; a document is available that provides direction for this.

Curriculum Crosswalks 

Curriculum Crosswalks are test-specific charts that help EPPs confirm that the courses offered in their programs cover the necessary content from required licensure/certification tests.

Preparation programs can also use these test-specific charts in a number of other ways:

  • for analysis of weak content category areas of their candidates
  • for curriculum planning
  • as a guide for new faculty
  • as a guide for new students entering your program

Click here for a complete list of TExES Curriculum Crosswalks, in both PDF and Word formats.

ETS Office of Disability Policy Informational Video

A new informational video from the ETS Office of Disability Policy is now available. This video presents a brief overview of the Office of Disability Policy, highlights some recent legal changes under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, and reviews the application process for test takers with disabilities.

Payment Processing

To better explain the new payment processing, a document is now available showing you screen shots of the registration process for a candidate registering for a test through the ETS system and then making a payment through the Texas.gov system. Included are slides showing how payments will work for ancillary fees (e.g., change fees, score review fees, international site fees) that will be processed through the regular ETS payment system.

Candidates will still go through the regular ETS system to register for a test and pay for ancillary fees, but when they click on the link to pay for a test registration, they will be automatically taken to the Texas.gov website to enter their payment information. The biggest change is for those candidates who want to process a payment for a test registration and an ancillary fee. They must make two separate payments to complete their transaction, and this is explained in the document provided.

TExES Faculty Manual

The March 2017 TExES Faculty Manual (PDF) is designed to help faculty, administrators and educators in EPPs make use of the information produced by the TExES program.

Technical Manual

The Texas Educator Certification Tests Technical Manual (PDF) explains various technical aspects of the Texas Educator Certification assessments, including the purpose and use of the tests, how the tests are developed, test validity, statistical analyses that support the psychometric quality of the tests and score reporting processes.

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EPP Admin Mailbox

Just about any troubleshooting issue you may have, such as getting an intern/educator registered to take a test or running reports and rosters in the ETS EPP Administrator section, can be resolved quickly by sending your inquiry to the EPPAdmin@ets.org mailbox.

You can email the EPP Admin mailbox for practically any registration, test administration or score reporting issue. We encourage you to make sending an email to this mailbox your first attempt to resolve these types of issues.

For issues involving an Educator Profile in the TEA Educator Certification Online System, contact TEA at 1-512-936-8400. If you are having trouble accessing your account due to username/password issues, please click on the "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" links that are under the login box. The reset link will be sent to the email address on file.

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Representative Tests

Representative forms of TExES and TExMaT tests have been developed by TEA and ETS. These Representative Tests are used at State Board for Educator Certification-approved EPPs throughout Texas and are designed exclusively to assist staff in measuring candidates' knowledge and skills in relation to the approved TExES and TExMaT test frameworks. They are also useful in preparing certification candidates for testing. These new Representative Tests are available now:

  • Art EC-12 (178) (includes packet of 20 Book of Reproductions)
  • Bilingual Education Supplemental (164)
  • BTLPT-Spanish (190)
  • Chemistry 7-12 (240)
  • Core Subjects EC-6 (291)
  • Core Subjects 4-8 (211)
  • Educational Diagnostician (153)
  • English as a Second Language Supplemental (154)
  • English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 (117)
  • English Language Arts and Reading 7-12 (231)
  • Health EC-12 (157)
  • History 7-12 (233)
  • Journalism 7-12 (256)
  • Life Science 7-12 (238)
  • LOTE Spanish (613)
  • Mathematics 4-8 (115)
  • Mathematics 7-12 (235)
  • Mathematics/Science 4-8 (114)
  • Music EC-12 (177)
  • Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 (160)
  • Physical Education EC-12 (158)
  • Physical Science 7-12 (237)
  • Principal (068)
  • School Counselor (152)
  • School Librarian (150)
  • Science 4-8 (116)
  • Science 7-12 (236)
  • Social Studies 4-8 (118)
  • Social Studies 7-12 (232)
  • Special Education EC-12 (161)
  • Superintendent (195)
  • Technology Applications EC-12 (242)
  • Technology Applications EC-12 (142)
  • Theatre EC-12 (180)
A Representative Test CD-ROM includes:
  • the test framework
  • a test administration manual
  • the test form
  • an answer key
  • an answer sheet

To order a Representative Test, log in to the secure Administrator section, review and complete the User Agreement and the Order Form, and submit them with payment and a copy of your tax-exempt certificate (if applicable).

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Summary Statistics for Total Scores

Total test scaled scores show how candidates performed on the test as a whole and whether they passed the test. Further data about total scores for many of the Texas tests is available in the Summary Statistics for Total Scores see below.

Archives

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EPP Mailing Information

It is important to keep the mailing information for your institution current so materials can be sent to the proper person and location. Please send updates to OS_Internet@ets.org and be sure to update your TEA profile as necessary.

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Helpful Links

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