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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.

SBEC approves controversial performance assessment certification exam

Apr 28, 2022

During its April 29 meeting, SBEC approved edTPA, a new performance assessment for teacher candidates.

TEA provides more details on upcoming flexibility for Reading Academies

Apr 14, 2022

After announcing a set of changes scheduled for the third year of the Reading Academies in 2022-23, TEA recently shared information on how it will…

TCTA affirms draft SBEC rules reducing and limiting mandatory CPE topics

Dec 9, 2021

TCTA testified in support of draft rules presented to the State Board for Certification at its December meeting that reduce the number of mandatory…

TCTA urges board to reduce teacher CPE mandates

Oct 1, 2021

TCTA urged SBEC to reduce teacher CPE mandates during testimony at the board's October meeting to discuss options for implementing SB 1267.

Federal Every Student Succeeds Act Title I, Part A Paraprofessional Requirements

Jan 27, 2021

TEA released a Title I, Part A Paraprofessional Requirements One-Pager (1/25/21), setting out the requirements that the Elementary and Secondary…

TCTA testifies about reducing teacher training requirements

Oct 15, 2020

TCTA Director of Professional Development and Advocacy Holly Eaton gave invited testimony about reducing teacher training requirements to the Senate…

New requirement for elementary certification starts Jan. 1

Oct 8, 2020

TEA is reminding those seeking elementary-level certificates that after Dec. 31, 2020, candidates must also pass the Science of Teaching Reading exam…

USDE finalizes TCTA-supported funding priority for teacher stipends for self-selected professional development

Aug 6, 2020

After receiving 89 comments, including TCTA’s, on a funding priority proposed in April, the U.S. Department of Education recently announced the…