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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 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…

Interested in becoming a National Board Certified Teacher?

Feb 11, 2020

National Board Certified Teachers will automatically earn a “Recognized” designation for purposes of the new teacher incentive allotment created in…

New law limits certification exam attempts

Sep 17, 2015

A new law that went into effect Sept. 1, 2015, limits the number of times that an educator can retake a certification exam to four, unless waived by…

High Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) for special education teachers teaching core academic subjects

Jul 20, 2011

Special education teachers of core academic subjects are still subject to the NCLB component of “highly qualified” requiring demonstration of…

Are you "highly qualified" according to NCLB?

May 12, 2011

Provisions of the federal legislation known as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act require that all teachers of core academic subjects be "highly…