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TCTA follows and compiles the latest news impacting teachers and other classroom personnel. We actively monitor and bring you the latest information from the Texas Education Agency, the State Board of Education, the State Board for Educator Certification, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the U.S. Department of Education. We also include summaries of the latest news in the TCTA eUpdate newsletter.

TCTA wins three Gold Stars, one Silver from TSPRA Star Awards

Feb 29, 2024

TCTA's 2022 Christmas card won a Gold Star and was named Best of Category in TSPRA's annual Star Awards.

SBEC moves edTPA forward again, but as an option to PPR exam

Feb 22, 2024

TEA staff reported to SBEC at its February 2024 meeting that its first attempt at identifying an entity to develop a Texas-specific performance…

TCTA urges SBEC to retain flexibility for how special education teachers demonstrate content competency

Feb 22, 2024

TCTA testified at the Feb. 16 SBEC about the need to provide ways other than having to obtain content certification for special education teachers to…

Delegates elect new state leaders at annual meeting

Feb 22, 2024

Delegates approved revisions to TCTA's governance documents and elected new statewide leaders Feb. 17 in San Antonio.

Additional certification exam may be required for special education teachers

Dec 8, 2023

TCTA testified against a proposal being considered by SBEC to require some special education teachers to take an additional content certification…

TCTA advocates to eliminate the WEP and GPO provisions of Social Security

Dec 8, 2023

TCTA submitted written testimony to a U.S. House subcommittee on Social Security, advocating to eliminate or restructure the WEP and GPO.

COLA should start in January despite election challenges

Dec 8, 2023

Eligible TRS retirees should still see a COLA in January after state officials found a legal tactic to prevent a slew of election contest lawsuits.

TEA releases “what if” school accountability ratings while official 2023 ratings delayed due to lawsuit

Nov 10, 2023

TEA is releasing “what if” ratings to districts, using its new adopted accountability system methodology but based on 2021-22 ratings, to give school…

TCTA seeks clarity from TEA on T-TESS Domain IV

Oct 27, 2023

TCTA is working with TEA to provide more clarity regarding proper evaluation by appraisers of Domain IV.

Taniece Thompson-Smith and Naveen Cunha named 2024 Texas Teachers of the Year

Oct 20, 2023

Taniece Thompson-Smith will represent Texas in the National Teacher of the Year competition.