TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 2. TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY

CHAPTER 74. CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopts the repeal of §§74.41-74.44 and §§74.51-74.54, concerning graduation requirements. The repeals are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 17, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 8421) and will not be republished. The adopted repeals remove high school graduation requirements that are outdated and no longer necessary.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The rules in Chapter 74, Subchapter D, outline the graduation requirements for students who entered Grade 9 in the 2001-2002, 2002-2003, or 2003-2004 school years. Graduation requirements outlined in Chapter 74, Subchapter E, apply to students who entered Grade 9 in the 2004-2005, 2005-2006, or 2006-2007 school years. The rules are being repealed since they are no longer needed.

The SBOE approved the proposed repeals for first reading and filing authorization at its November 19, 2021 meeting and for second reading and final adoption at its January 28, 2022 meeting.

In accordance with Texas Education Code, §7.102(f), the SBOE approved the repeals for adoption by a vote of two-thirds of its members to specify an effective date earlier than the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. The earlier effective date will remove obsolete rules as soon as possible. The effective date is 20 days after filing as adopted with the Texas Register.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES: The public comment period on the proposal began December 17, 2021, and ended at 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2022. The SBOE also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments at its January 2022 meeting in accordance with the SBOE board operating policies and procedures. Following is a summary of the public comment received and the corresponding response.

Comment: One administrator recommended that the SBOE not repeal 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapters D and E, because there may still be students enrolled in recovery programs who are subject to these older graduation requirements.

Response: The SBOE disagreed with the suggestion to not repeal 19 TAC Chapter 74, Subchapters D and E. The board provided the following clarification. Individuals are subject to the graduation requirements that were in place at the time the student entered Grade 9. Repealing these rules would not prohibit a student who has not yet met their high school graduation requirements from fulfilling these credit requirements and obtaining a high school diploma.

SUBCHAPTER D. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, BEGINNING WITH SCHOOL YEAR 2001-2002

19 TAC §§74.41 - 74.44

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeals are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4), which requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to establish curriculum and graduation requirements; and TEC, §28.025, which requires the SBOE to determine by rule the curriculum requirements that are consistent with the required curriculum under the TEC, §28.002.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeals implement Texas Education Code, §7.102(c)(4) and §28.025.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 20, 2022.

TRD-202201505

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

Effective date: May 10, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 17, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


SUBCHAPTER E. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, BEGINNING WITH SCHOOL YEAR 2004-2005

19 TAC §§74.51 - 74.54

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeals are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §7.102(c)(4), which requires the State Board of Education (SBOE) to establish curriculum and graduation requirements; and TEC, §28.025, which requires the SBOE to determine by rule the curriculum requirements that are consistent with the required curriculum under the TEC, §28.002.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeals implement Texas Education Code, §7.102(c)(4) and §28.025.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 20, 2022.

TRD-202201506

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

Effective date: May 10, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 17, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 151. COMMISSIONER'S RULES CONCERNING PASSING STANDARDS FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS

19 TAC §151.1001

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) adopts an amendment to §151.1001, concerning passing standards. The amendment is adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the February 11, 2022 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 634) and will not be republished The adopted amendment specifies the satisfactory scores for the following educator certification examinations: English Language Arts and Reading 4-8, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12, and School Counselor.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: Texas Education Code, §21.048(a), requires the commissioner of education to establish the satisfactory levels of performance required on educator certification examinations and requires a satisfactory level of performance on each core subject covered by an examination.

The adopted amendment establishes passing standards for the English Language Arts and Reading 4-8, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12, and School Counselor examinations. A standard-setting committee of educators developed recommended passing standards for each of these examinations. The amendment introduces initial passing standards one standard error measurement (SEM) below the committee's recommendations for one year to support the transition to implementation of new educator certification examinations.

The adopted amendment to Figure: §151.1001(b)(2) implements passing standards one SEM below the committee-recommended passing standard from September 2, 2022, through September 1, 2023, for both the selected-response and constructed-response sections of English Language Arts and Reading 4-8. The amendment also implements passing standards at the committee-recommended passing standard beginning September 2, 2023, for both sections.

The adopted amendment to Figure: §151.1001(b)(14) implements passing standards one SEM below the committee-recommended passing standard from May 3, 2022, through May 2, 2023, for both the selected-response and constructed-response sections of Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities for Trade and Industrial Education 6-12. It also implements passing standards at the committee-recommended passing standard beginning May 3, 2023, for both sections.

The adopted amendment to Figure: §151.1001(c) implements passing standards one SEM below the committee-recommended passing standard from May 3, 2022, through May 2, 2023, for both the selected-response and constructed-response sections of the School Counselor examination. It also implements passing standards at the committee-recommended passing standard beginning May 3, 2023, for both sections.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND AGENCY RESPONSES: The public comment period on the proposal began February 11, 2022, and ended March 14, 2022. No public comments were received.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendment is adopted under Texas Education Code, §21.048(a), which requires the commissioner of education to determine the level of performance considered to be satisfactory on educator certification examinations and further authorizes the commissioner to require a satisfactory level of performance on each core subject covered by an examination.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendment implements Texas Education Code, §21.048(a).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 20, 2022.

TRD-202201504

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

Texas Education Agency

Effective date: May 10, 2022

Proposal publication date: February 11, 2022

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


PART 7. STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

CHAPTER 228. REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATOR PREPARATION PROGRAMS

19 TAC §§228.2, 228.10, 228.30, 228.35

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§228.2, 228.10, 228.30, and 228.35, concerning requirements for educator preparation programs (EPPS). The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 31, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 9155) and will not be republished. The adopted amendments implement Senate Bills (SBs) 226 and 1590 and House Bills (HBs) 139 and 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021. The adopted amendments allow educator preparation programs (EPPs) the flexibility to conduct certain required formal observations virtually; provide for training requirements for all educators with regard to students with disabilities and virtual instruction and virtual learning; and allow service members, spouses, and veterans to get credit toward educator certification requirements for clinical and professional experience.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC rules in 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs, establish the requirements for EPPs in the preparation of candidates for Texas educator certification. The adopted amendments to Chapter 228 implement SBs 1590 and 226 and HBs 139 and 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021. The following is a description of the adopted amendments.

§228.2. Definitions.

The adopted new §228.2(34) implements HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, to add students with disabilities for purposes of EPP requirements in preparing candidates for educator certification and to parallel its definition with that of student with a disability in TEC, §21.001(4), as added by HB 159.

A technical edit renumbers §228.2(34) and (35) to §228.2(35) and (36).

§228.10. Approval Process.

The adopted new §228.10(a)(1)(J) implements HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, by conditioning EPP approval and renewal of approval on the program, proving that it has met the requirements prescribed in Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.0443(b)(1) and (2), by showing that it has incorporated proactive instructional planning techniques throughout course work and across content areas, and that it has integrated inclusive practices for all students, including students with disabilities. The rule references TEC, §21.0443(b)(1) and (2), to incorporate by reference the statute's specific requirements for instructional planning techniques and inclusive practices.

Figure: 19 TAC §228.10(b)(1)

Under Component II: Admission, the adopted amendment to the figure reflects the current requirement in §227.10(a)(5) that an EPP has informed non-teacher applicants in writing of any certificate issuance deficiencies prior to admission by specifying the evidence that an EPP must provide during a continuing approval review to demonstrate compliance. The adopted amendment also reflects a technical edit to update the figure to match the current §227.10(a)(6)-(9). A technical edit that renumbers the figure to match the renumbering of §228.35(g)(1)-(9) is adopted in these amendments.

Adopted new Component X: Candidate Training and Support on Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities in Figure: 19 TAC §228.10(b)(1) implements HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, by specifying the evidence that an EPP must provide during a continuing approval review to demonstrate compliance with §228.30(c)(9) and §228.35(e)(2)(A)(iii), (e)(2)(B)(ix), and (e)(8), which set out requirements for EPPs related to candidate training and support on instruction regarding students with disabilities, to the use of proactive instructional planning techniques and to evidence-based inclusive instructional practices.

§228.30. Educator Preparation Curriculum.

The adopted amendment to §228.30(c)(8) implements SB 226, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, by adding virtual instruction and virtual learning to the list of topics that EPPs must include in their curriculum. The adopted amendment specifically references TEC, §21.001, to clarify that the definitions of virtual instruction, virtual learning, digital literacy, and digital learning are the same in the rule as in the statute.

The adopted new §228.30(c)(9) implements HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, by specifying that EPP curriculum must include subject matter related to educating students with disabilities, including the use of proactive instructional planning techniques and evidence-based instructional practices. The rule references TEC, §21.044(a-1), to incorporate by reference the statute's specific requirements for the training an educator candidate must receive regarding teaching students with disabilities, including proactive instructional techniques and evidence-based instructional practices.

Two technical edits that are adopted in §228.30(d)(4) and (e) further define the cross reference to commissioner of education rules in 19 TAC Chapter 149.

§228.35. Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training.

The adopted amendment to §228.35(a)(5)(A) implements HB 139, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, by adding "clinical and professional experience" training to the list of appropriate credit toward certification requirements that EPPs must develop criteria and procedures to allow. HB 139 allows state licensing agencies to give military service members, spouses, and veterans credit toward certification requirements for clinical and professional experience.

SB 1590, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, requires the SBEC to propose rules allowing options for candidate observations that require EPPs to provide for no fewer than three in-person observations, or two in-person observations and two virtual observations that are equivalent in rigor to in-person observations. The adopted amendment to §228.35(g) implements SB 1590's requirement that virtual observations be equivalent in rigor to in-person options for formal observations by ensuring that virtual and in-person observations are similar in procedure and documentation. The adopted amendment clarifies that for each formal observation, whether face-to-face or virtual, the field supervisor at the EPP must participate in an individualized pre-observation conference with the candidate; document educational practices observed; provide written feedback through an individualized, synchronous, and interactive post-observation conference with the candidate; and provide a copy of the written feedback to the candidate's cooperating teacher or mentor.

Adopted new §228.35(g)(2) and adopted amendment to §228.35(g)(1)-(9) implement SB 1590 by providing for flexible options for EPPs to conduct some formal observations virtually for educator candidates. The adopted amendment to §228.35(g)(1) and the adopted addition of new §228.35(g)(2) maintain the current requirements for formal in-person observations and ensure the virtual observations are as rigorous as in-person observations, as required by SB 1590. The adopted amendment includes renumbering paragraphs (2)-(8) to paragraphs (3)-(9) in §228.35(g) to accommodate the addition of adopted new §228.35(g)(2). In addition, the text in renumbered paragraphs (4)(A), (5)(A), (6)(A) and (B), (7)(A), and (9)(A) reflect the same text as in rule but was formatted with underlined text to meet Texas Register requirements.

Adopted amendment to renumbered §228.35(g)(5)-(8), where the rules currently require three in-person observations, allows EPPs to conduct two in-person observations and two virtual observations instead. This implements the provision of SB 1590 that requires the options for candidate observations to provide for at least two observations to occur in person and two additional observations to occur in virtual settings that are equivalent in rigor to in-person observations, or three observations to occur in person.

Adopted amendment to renumbered §228.35(g)(4) and (9) provides that where the rules currently require EPPs to provide four or five in-person formal observations, EPPs could conduct two of those formal observations virtually. The adopted amendment does not increase the total number of required formal observations. The adopted amendment to §228.35(g)(4) and (9) aligns SBEC rules with SB 1590 while still requiring EPPs to provide first-year teacher candidates in the classroom with five formal observations to support them in their teaching positions. The table below reflects the implications of the adopted rule for EPPs conducting formal observations.

Figure: 19 TAC Chapter 228 - Preamble (.pdf)

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began December 31, 2021, and ended January 31, 2022. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 11, 2022 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. The following is a summary of the public comments received on the proposal and the responses.

Comment: One individual commented in support of the proposed rule change. The commenter stated that the SBEC should also consider offering clinical and professional experience credit to non-service members.

Response: The SBEC agrees. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff will consider this feedback for future rulemaking under the jurisdiction of the SBEC.

Comment: Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) commented against the proposed rule changes, stating that a virtual observation setting cannot match the rigor of in-person instruction or observation. TSTA stated that in addition to proposed amendments, TSTA believes that each formal virtual observation should also be followed by a post-observation conference within 48 hours of the educational activity and should require submission of student work artifacts to be a component of the post-observation conversation.

Response: The SBEC disagrees. The SBEC's Educator Preparation Advisory Committee (EPAC) received input from committee members on recommendations to the SBEC related to implementation of Senate Bill (SB) 1590, 87th Texas Legislature Regular Session, 2021. The rule text implements the requirements of SB 1590 and incorporates feedback from members of the EPAC to align the rigor of virtual observations with the rigor of in-person observations, including conducting the observation through unedited electronic transmission and the post-observation conference within 72 hours of the observation. The rule aligns requirements for virtual observations with legislative intent and best practice without implementing requirements that are overly burdensome or unnecessary.

Comment: One individual commented neither in support nor against the proposed rule change. The commenter stated that the high school academic day is too long, citing adult professional development, which the individual indicated is usually 50 minutes in length, and other countries that have shorter school days. The commenter stated that the school day should start at 8:20 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The commenter stated that the education system should consider the fundamentals of human growth and development.

Response: The SBEC disagrees. The comment is outside the authority of the SBEC and the scope of the proposed rulemaking.

Comment: One individual commented neither in support nor against the proposed rule change. The commenter stated that 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter B, would help educators use a one-year teacher certificate while working towards a standard teacher certificate to address teacher shortages. The commenter stated that the official language of her country, the Philippines, is English and that her graduation from a university affiliated with the United States and work experience should demonstrate her English proficiency to teach in Texas.

Response: The SBEC disagrees. The comment is outside the scope of the proposed rulemaking. The SBEC took action in December 2021 to amend 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter B, to update the list of countries that permit individuals who have obtained the equivalent of a United States bachelor's or master's degree to be exempt from the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based exam to demonstrate English language proficiency. The public comment period for that proposal was October 22, 2021 through November 22, 2021.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) took no action on the review of amendments to §230.111 and §230.113 at the April 8, 2022 SBOE meeting.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.031, which authorizes the SBEC to regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators, and states that in proposing rules under the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, the SBEC shall ensure that all candidates for certification or renewal of certification demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of the diverse student population of this state; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires 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; TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; TEC, §21.044, as amended by HB 159 and SB 226, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which 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, §21.0442(c), which requires the SBEC to ensure that an EPP requires at least 80 hours of instruction for a candidate seeking a Trade and Industrial Workforce Training certificate; TEC, §21.0443, as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which requires the SBEC to establish rules for the approval and renewal of EPPs, including requiring programs to incorporate proactive instructional planning techniques in their coursework, and to integrate inclusive practices, evidence-based instruction and intervention strategies throughout course work, clinical experience, and student teaching; TEC, §21.045(a), as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which requires the SBEC to establish standards to govern the approval and continuing accountability of all educator preparation programs; TEC, §21.0453, as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which states that the SBEC may propose rules as necessary to ensure that all EPPs provide the SBEC with accurate information; TEC, §21.0454, which requires the SBEC to develop a set of risk factors to assess the overall risk level of each EPP and use the set of risk factors to guide the TEA in conducting monitoring, inspections, and evaluations of EPPs; TEC, §21.0455, which requires the SBEC to propose rules necessary to establish a process for complaints to be directed against an EPP; TEC, §21.046(b), as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which states that the qualifications for certification as a principal must be sufficiently flexible so that an outstanding teacher may qualify by substituting approved experience and professional training for part of the educational requirements; TEC, §21.048(a), which states the SBEC shall propose rules prescribing the comprehensive examinations for each class of certificate issued by the board; TEC, §21.0485, which states the issuance requirements for certification to teach students with visual impairments; TEC, §21.0487(c), which states that because an effective principal is essential to school improvement, the SBEC shall ensure that each candidate for certification as a principal is of the highest caliber and that multi-level screening processes, validated comprehensive assessment programs, and flexible internships with successful mentors exist to determine whether a candidate for certification as a principal possesses the essential knowledge, skills, and leadership capabilities necessary for success; TEC, §21.0489(c), which states the eligibility for an Early Childhood: Prekindergarten-Grade 3 certificate; TEC, §21.049(a), which authorizes the SBEC to adopt rules providing for educator certification programs as an alternative to traditional EPPs; TEC, §21.0491, which requires the SBEC to create a probationary and standard trade and industrial workforce training certificate; TEC, §21.050(a), which states that a person who applies for a teaching certificate for which board rules require a bachelor's degree must possess a bachelor's degree with an academic major that is related to the curriculum as prescribed under Subchapter A, Chapter 28; TEC, §21.050(b), which states that the SBEC may not require more than 18 semester credit hours of education courses at the baccalaureate level for the granting of a teaching certificate; TEC, §21.050(c), which states that 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, §21.051, as amended by HB 159 and SB 1590, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which provides a requirement that before a school may employ a certification candidate as a teacher of record, the candidate must have completed at least 15 hours of field-based experience in which the candidate was actively engaged at an approved school in instructional or educational activities involving a diverse student population under supervision, and gives SBEC rulemaking authority to propose rules providing flexible options for field-based experiences or internships required for certification that involve interaction with a diverse student population and options for candidate observations; Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §55.004, as amended and added by HB 139, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which requires state agencies to adopt rules for issuance of licensure to members of the military community and provides alternatives to become eligible for licensure; and TOC, §55.007, which provides that verified military service, training, and education be credited toward licensing requirements.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The adopted amendments implement Texas Education Code, §§21.031; 21.041(b)(1) and (2); 21.044, as amended by HB 159 and SB 226, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.0442(c); 21.0443, as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.045(a), as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.0453, as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.0454; 21.0455; 21.046(b), as amended by HB 159, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.048(a); 21.0485; 21.0487(c); 21.0489(c); 21.049(a); 21.0491; 21.050(a)-(c); and 21.051, as amended by HB 159 and SB 1590, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; and the Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §55.004, as amended and added by HB 139, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session; and §55.007.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 22, 2022.

TRD-202201594

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: September 1, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 31, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 230. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR PREPARATION AND CERTIFICATION

SUBCHAPTER H. TEXAS EDUCATOR CERTIFICATES BASED ON CERTIFICATION AND COLLEGE CREDENTIALS FROM OTHER STATES OR TERRITORIES OF THE UNITED STATES

19 TAC §230.111, §230.113

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §230.111 and §230.113, concerning professional educator preparation and certification. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 31, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 9170) and will not be republished. Chapter 230, Subchapter H, serves as a foundation for the practices and procedures related to issuance of Texas certification to individuals licensed in other states. The adopted amendments provide clarification and updates to requirements for individuals licensed in other states to obtain a standard Texas educator certificate.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC rules in 19 TAC Chapter 230, Subchapter H, Texas Educator Certificates Based on Certification and College Credentials from Other States or Territories of the United States, outline the process for individuals already certified to teach in other states who are interested in obtaining Texas certification. Following is a description of the adopted amendments.

§230.111. General Provisions.

The adopted amendment to §230.111(d) removes the outdated reference to a "certificate entitlement card" because that is not a document that has been presented recently by any individuals certified outside the state who submit applications for the review of their out-of-state credentials.

§230.113. Requirements for Texas Certificates Based on Certification from Other States or Territories of the United States.

The adopted amendment to §230.113(b) adds the word "Legacy" to align with the correct title of Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter E, that has been renamed Legacy Master Teacher Certificate, effective December 27, 2020. The title of Chapter 241 is also be updated in subsection (b) to align with the correct title.

The adopted amendment to §230.113(e) clarifies that the current process requires applicants issued the temporary, one-year certificate to obtain a Texas standard classroom teacher certificate prior to adding a supplemental certificate area to their record of certification. This is not a change in the process, only a clarification of current rule and procedures.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began December 31, 2021, and ended January 31, 2022. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 11, 2022 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. No public comments were received on the proposal.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) took no action on the review of amendments to §230.111 and §230.113 at the April 8, 2022 SBOE meeting.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.040(4), which allows the SBEC authority to develop and implement policies that define responsibilities of the SBEC; TEC, §21.041(a), which allows the SBEC to adopt rules as necessary for its own procedures; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires 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; TEC, §21.041(b)(4), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.041(b)(5), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the issuance of an educator certificate to a person who holds a similar certificate issued by another state or foreign country, subject to the TEC, §21.052; TEC, §21.041(c), which requires the SBEC to propose a rule adopting a fee for the issuance and maintenance of an educator certificate that, when combined with any fees imposed under subsection (d), is adequate to cover the cost of administration of this subchapter; TEC, §21.048, which 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, §21.052(a), which states that the SBEC may issue a certificate to an educator who submits an application for certification and holds a degree issued by an institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency or group that is recognized by a nationally recognized accreditation board, or a degree issued by an institution located in a foreign country, if the degree is equivalent to a bachelor's degree issued in the United States, or holds an appropriate certificate or other credential issued in another state or country and has met all certification requirements for issuance of the credential; TEC, §21.052(b), which states that for purposes of §21.052(a)(2), a person is considered to hold a certificate or other credential if the credential is not valid solely because it has expired; TEC, §21.052(c), which states that the SBEC may issue a temporary certificate under this section to an educator who holds a degree required by §21.052(a)(1) and a certificate or other credential required by §21.052(a)(2) but who has not satisfied the requirements prescribed by §21.052(a)(3). Subject to subsections (d) and (d-1), the SBEC may specify the term of a temporary certificate issued under this subsection; TEC, §21.052(d), which states that a temporary certificate issued under §21.052(c) to an educator employed by a school district that has constructed or expanded at least one instructional facility as a result of increased student enrollment due to actions taken under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. Section 2687) may not expire before the first anniversary of the date on which the SBEC completes the review of the educator's credentials and informs the educator of the examination or examinations under the TEC, §21.048, on which the educator must perform successfully to receive a standard certificate; and TEC, §21.052(e), which states that an educator who has submitted all documents required by the board for certification and who receives a temporary certificate as provided by subsection (c) has one year to successfully complete examination requirements identified in the review of credentials and specified in Section 21.048, to receive a standard certificate.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The adopted amendments implement Texas Education Code, §§21.040(4); 21.041(a), (b)(1), (4), and (5), and (c); 21.048; and 21.052(a), (b), (c), (d), and (e).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 22, 2022.

TRD-202201592

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: May 12, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 31, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 232. GENERAL CERTIFICATION PROVISIONS

SUBCHAPTER A. CERTIFICATE RENEWAL AND CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

19 TAC §232.7, §232.11

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §232.7 and §232.11, concerning general certification provisions. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 31, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 9172) and will not be republished. The adopted amendments implement the statutory requirements of Senate Bills (SBs) 199, 1267, and 2066, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021. The adopted amendments require that all educators receive continuing professional education (CPE) training in educating students with disabilities; update the CPE training requirements for classroom teachers, principals, and school counselors; and provide for the SBEC to determine the training guidelines for CPE credit regarding the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The adopted amendments also allow for a school district to request a hardship exemption for an educator who has an invalid certificate due to not having the required CPE hours for certificate renewal; require educators to receive dyslexia training for certificate renewal; and add CPE activities to the list of topics that educators can receive for certificate renewal.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC rules in 19 TAC Chapter 232, Subchapter A, Certificate Renewal and Continuing Professional Education Requirements, provide for rules that establish the requirements relating to types and classes of certificates issued, certificate renewal, and continuing professional education (CPE).

As a result of the 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, SBs 199, 1267, and 2066 require the SBEC to update rules regarding CPE for educator certificate renewal. In addition to the statutory changes, Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff have received input from stakeholders regarding updating CPE provisions. At the October 1, 2021 SBEC meeting, the SBEC provided input regarding the implementation of the legislation and the stakeholder input, which are reflected in this adoption.

Following is a description of topics for adopted amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 232, Subchapter A, that incorporate the 2021 enabling legislation and SBEC input.

In addition to the following detailed descriptions, the adopted amendments also provide relettering/numbering to conform with the Texas Register style and formatting requirements.

§232.7. Requirements for Certificate Renewal.

Adopted new §232.7(b)(4) provides for a local school district to apply for a hardship exemption on behalf of an educator who has an invalid certificate due to not earning the required CPE hours for certificate renewal. The exemption will be valid for the academic year in which it is granted with the opportunity for the school district to renew the exemption for one additional year. The adopted amendment requires the application for a hardship exemption to be submitted by the superintendent or designee of the local district and allows for a one-year renewal of the exemption. The exemption allows school districts to hire educators who have left the classroom and who have allowed their CPE to lapse, while upholding the importance of educators obtaining SBEC-required CPE to remain abreast of new developments in teaching methods.

In §232.7, subsection (b) is amended to change the cross reference to paragraphs (1)-(4) and subsection (b)(4) is renumbered to subsection (b)(5) for technical formatting purposes. In addition, technical edits are made in subsection (c)(1) and (7) to apply Texas Register style requirements for cross references and acronyms.

§232.11. Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours.

Adopted new §232.11(c)(1) implements SB 1267 and reflects SBEC and stakeholder input by requiring all educators to receive CPE training in educating students with disabilities, and the training must include information particular to educating students with dyslexia. This ensures that all educators are prepared to teach any student assigned to their class. Adopted new §232.11(c)(2) maintains the current requirements regarding required CPE content.

Technical edits reorder paragraphs (1) and (2) to subparagraphs (A) and (B).

SB 1267 limits the number of hours in certain specific topics that classroom teachers and principals can obtain in CPE for purposes of certificate renewal. The adopted amendment to §232.11(d)(2) and §232.11(e)(2) provides a transition period, of a certificate renewal date prior to September 1, 2023, for those classroom teachers and principals who have already obtained CPE hours in the topics identified in Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.054, as amended by SB 1267, in excess of the 25% limit introduced by SB 1267. It allows educators who have already obtained in excess of 25% of their hours in these topics in reliance on the law and rules prior to SB 1267 to not lose credit for those hours, while allowing the flexibility in CPE topic areas intended by SB 1267.

Adopted new §232.11(d)(3) and §232.11(e)(3) implements SB 1267 by removing some of the required topics in which classroom teachers and principals must obtain CPE hours and by capping the hours to no more than 25% of the total CPE hours required for certificate renewal for those renewing their certificate on or after September 1, 2023. The adopted new language makes the requirements of the rule parallel the requirements of TEC, §21.054, as amended by SB 1267.

Adopted new §232.11(e)(3)(F)(ii) implements SB 2066 by requiring school principals to receive CPE training in educating emergent bilingual students, which were previously described as "students of limited English proficiency."

SB 1267 also limits the number of hours in all topics currently listed in TEC, §21.054, that counselors can obtain in CPE for purposes of certificate renewal. The adopted amendment to §232.11(f)(2) allows counselors who have already obtained CPE hours in the topics identified in TEC, §21.054, as amended by SB 1267, in excess of the 25% limit introduced by SB 1267 to use those hours toward the requirements for certificate renewal prior to September 1, 2024. It allows counselors who have already obtained in excess of 25% of their hours in these topics in reliance on the law and rules prior to SB 1267 to not lose credit for those hours, while allowing the flexibility in CPE topic areas intended by SB 1267. The adopted transition date for counselors is September 1, 2024, in contrast to the September 1, 2023 transition date adopted for classroom teachers and principals, because SB 1267 did not strike any of the required topics for counselors, so all of the training that counselors were previously encouraged to get in excess of 25% of their hours will now be capped at 25%.

Adopted new §232.11(f)(3) implements SB 1267 by capping the hours of CPE that counselors can obtain in the required list of topics to no more than 25% of the total CPE hours required for certificate renewal for those renewing their certificate on or after September 1, 2024. The adopted new language makes the requirements of the rule parallel the requirements of TEC, §21.054, as amended by SB 1267. The adopted implementation date of September 1, 2024, allows counselors who have already taken excess hours in the required topics prior to the enactment of SB 1267 to get credit for those hours when renewing their certificates.

The adopted amendment to §232.11(l)(3) implements SB 199 by amending the required AED training for CPE purposes. The adopted amendment removes the requirement that the training be approved under Texas Health and Safety Code, §779.002, as that requirement is no longer in TEC, §21.0541, as amended by SB 199. The adopted amendment provides that the training be in accordance with the guidelines established by the device's manufacturer and approved by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, other nationally recognized associations, or the medical director of a local emergency medical services provider. This change will track the requirements of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services for AED training in 25 TAC §157.41(d), Emergency Medical Services and Course Approval, to ensure that educators are trained in safe and effective methods of using the AED.

The adopted new §232.11(l)(5)-(7) provides optional CPE training for educators in the following topics for purposes of certificate renewal: educating students with mental health conditions, including how grief and trauma affect student learning and behavior and how evidence-based, grief-informed, and trauma-informed strategies support the academic success of students affected by grief and trauma; for classroom teachers, educating emergent bilingual students; and educating students who engage in substance abuse. These are topics that were previously required for CPE under TEC, §21.0541, before it was amended by SB 1267, but are no longer required. The adopted amendment encourages educators to take continuing education in these important topics without requiring them. The adopted amendment thus preserves the discretion for educators in choosing CPE hours, which was the intent of SB 1267 while still reminding educators of the significance of these topic areas.

A technical edit is made to §232.11(l)(3) to remove the acronym "AED" because it is no longer needed.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began December 31, 2021, and ended January 31, 2022. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 11, 2022 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. The following is a summary of the public comments received on the proposal and the responses.

Comment: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA), the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), and the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) commented in support of the proposed amendments. The commenters noted that the proposed amendments are necessary to implement SB 1267, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, and to support educators in choosing their CPE topics to hone their craft as professionals. TSTA stated that the proposed amendments also align with the 86th Texas Legislature's Senate Committee on Education Interim Charge and recommendations of the Texas Teacher Workforce Workgroup. TSTA commented in support of the proposed amendments that add CPE training in dyslexia as part of the newly required training in students with disabilities. TCTA commented in support of allowing a hardship extension for educators who have not completed their required CPE hours for certificate renewal. TSTA and TCA commented in support of allowing educators to count training in educating emergent bilingual students and students suffering from grief and trauma for CPE.

Response: The SBEC agrees. Aside from the amendments that are necessary to implement SB 1267, the amendments are the product of SBEC board member and stakeholder input.

Comment: The TCA and an individual commented in support of the proposed amendments that allow school counselors to count their CPE hours that exceed the 25% cap required in SB 1267 toward their continuing education requirements until September 1, 2024, by providing an extension of the implementation date.

Response: The SBEC agrees. The amendments that provide an extension of the implementation of SB 1267 regarding the 25% cap of certain CPE topics allow counselors who have already obtained in excess of 25% of their hours in these topics in reliance of the law and rules prior to SB 1267 to not lose those credit for those hours.

Comment: One individual commented that CPE changes made biennially are difficult for educators to keep up with. The commenter requested that the TEA or SBEC provide a link to free webinars for the mandatory training topics. The commenter also requested that the SBEC allow hours obtained in undergraduate or graduate coursework to count toward CPE requirements.

Response: The SBEC disagrees. The biennial nature of changes to CPE requirements is driven by the Texas Legislature passing bills while in its biennial session to change the statutory requirements for CPE, and the SBEC rules only implement and reflect those statutory changes. The commenter's requests for a link to free webinars and for allowing prior undergraduate credit hours to count toward CPE requirements after certification are outside the scope of the proposed rulemaking.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) took no action on the review of amendments to §232.7 and §232.11 at the April 8, 2022 SBOE meeting.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.0031(f), which clarifies and places certain limits on provisions authorizing termination of an educator's contract for failure to maintain a valid certificate; TEC, §21.031, which authorizes the SBEC to regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public-school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1)-(4), which requires 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; and requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; the period for which each class of educator certificate is valid; and the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.041(b)(7)-(8), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for disciplinary proceedings, including the suspension or revocation of an educator certificate, as provided by Chapter 2001, Government Code; and provide for the adoption, amendment, and enforcement of an educator's code of ethics; TEC, §21.041(b)(9), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for continuing education requirements; TEC, §21.054, as amended by SBs 1267 and 2066, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which requires the SBEC to propose rules establishing a process for identifying continuing education courses and programs that fulfill educators' continuing education requirements; TEC, §21.0541, as amended by SB 199, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021, which requires the SBEC to propose rules that allow an educator to receive credit towards the educator's continuing education requirements for completion of an instructional course on the use of an AED; TEC, §21.0543, which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for CPE credit related to digital technology instruction; TEC, §22.0831(f)(1) and (2), which state SBEC may propose rules regarding the deadline for the national criminal history check and implement sanctions for persons failing to comply with the requirements; Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §55.002, which states a state agency that issues a license shall adopt rules to exempt an individual who holds a license issued by the agency from any increased fee or other penalty for failing to renew the license in a timely manner if the individual establishes the individual failed to renew the license in a timely manner because the individual was serving as a military service member; and TOC, §55.003, which states a military service member who holds a license is entitled to two years of additional time to complete any continuing education requirements and any other requirement related to the renewal of the military service member's license.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The adopted amendments implement Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a); 21.0031(f); 21.031; 21.041(b)(1)-(4) and (7)-(9); 21.054, as amended by SBs 1267 and 2066, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.0541, as amended by SB 199, 87th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2021; 21.0543; and 22.0831(f); and Texas Occupations Code, §55.002 and §55.003.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 22, 2022.

TRD-202201595

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: May 12, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 31, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 245. CERTIFICATION OF EDUCATORS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

19 TAC §§245.1, 245.5, 245.10, 245.15

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§245.1, 245.5, 245.10, and 245.15, concerning certification of educators from other countries. The amendments are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the December 31, 2021 issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 9178) and will not be republished. The adopted amendments update the requirements for certification of educators from other countries and reflect guidance provided by the SBEC at the July 2021 meeting.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC is statutorily authorized to regulate and oversee all aspects of certification of public school educators. The SBEC is also statutorily authorized to ensure that all candidates for certification or renewal of certification demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the performance of the diverse population of this state.

At the July 2021 SBEC meeting, the SBEC and Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff discussed the current pathway in which an individual certified in another country must comply to obtain a Texas educator certificate. Following is a description of the adopted amendments that incorporates feedback received by the SBEC during the July 2021 meeting, as well as technical clean-up to update current cross-references.

§245.1. General Provisions.

The adopted amendment to §245.1(d) removes the outdated reference to a "certificate entitlement card" as it is not a document that has been presented by individuals certified outside the state who submit applications for the review of out of state credentials. Candidates must submit other documents referenced in rule (statement or approval letter) that are sufficient proof of an individual's completion of requirements for licensure to teach in another state.

§245.5. Requirements for Issuance of a Texas Certificate Based on Certification from Another Country.

Adopted new §245.5(a)(3) adds a reference to the provisions in Chapter 152, Commissioner's Rules Concerning Examination Requirements, that may qualify an individual for exemption from required state examinations leading to issuance of the Texas standard certificate.

The adopted amendment to §245.5(b) clarifies that demonstration of English language proficiency is required prior to issuance of a Texas one-year certificate and adds the word "legacy" to align with the correct title to Chapter 239, Student Services Certificates, Subchapter E, that has been renamed, Legacy Master Teacher Certificate, effective December 27, 2020. The title of Chapter 241 is also updated in subsection (b) to align with the correct title.

The adopted amendment to §245.5(e) clarifies that the current process requires applicants issued the temporary, one-year certificate to obtain a Texas standard classroom teacher certificate prior to adding a supplemental certificate area to their record of certification. This is not a change in the certification process, only a clarification of current rule and procedures.

§245.10. Application Procedures.

The adopted amendment to §245.10(a) deletes the requirement in paragraph (3) that individuals licensed in other countries must obtain an original written statement, provided by the authorizing licensing agency in the issuing country, that the educator's certificate is in good standing, and has not been revoked, suspended, or sanctioned for misconduct and is not pending disciplinary or adverse action. The adopted amendment reduces duplicative efforts and barriers for educators. The original written statements from foreign licensing agencies have been difficult for some foreign educators to obtain and difficult for TEA staff to verify. With the adopted amendment, educators licensed in other countries will still be required to successfully complete Foreign Credential Evaluation and Texas background check and fingerprinting processes, which are the verifiable safeguards to ensure an educator applying for issuance of a Texas certificate is in good standing. These safeguards are sufficient to ensure that an applicant licensed by another country is qualified to be an educator in Texas.

The adopted amendment in §245.10(a) provides technical edits to renumber paragraphs (4)-(6) to paragraphs (3)-(5).

§245.15. Evaluation of College Credentials.

The adopted amendment adds the phrase "Requests for" to the title of §245.15, which is the section that covers all requests to have college credentials reviewed by TEA staff, to match the title of §230.115, Requests for Evaluation of College Credentials, which is the rule specific to individuals certified in other states or territories of the United States. The adopted amendment also establishes the acronym "EPP" to align with Texas Register style requirements.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began December 31, 2021, and ended January 31, 2022. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments on the proposal at the February 11, 2022 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. No public comments were received on the proposal.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) took no action on the review of amendments to §§245.1, 245.5, 245.10 and 245.15 at the April 8, 2022 SBOE meeting.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.041(b)(1), which states the SBEC must 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; TEC, §21.041(b)(4), which states the SBEC must propose rules that specify the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.041(b)(5), which states the SBEC must propose rules that provide for the issuance of an educator certificate to a person who holds a similar certificate issued by another state or foreign country, subject to the TEC, §21.052; TEC, §21.048, which 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, §21.052(a), which states that the SBEC may issue a certificate to an educator who submits an application for certification and holds a degree issued by an institution accredited by a regional accrediting agency or group that is recognized by a nationally recognized accreditation board, or a degree issued by an institution located in a foreign country, if the degree is equivalent to a bachelor's degree issued in the United States, or holds an appropriate certificate or other credential issued in another state or country and has met all certification requirements for issuance of the credential; TEC, §21.052(b), which states that for purposes of §21.052(a)(2), a person is considered to hold a certificate or other credential if the credential is not valid solely because it has expired; TEC, §21.052(c), which states that the SBEC may issue a temporary certificate under this section to an educator who holds a degree required by §21.052(a)(1) and a certificate or other credential required by §21.052(a)(2) but who has not satisfied the requirements prescribed by §21.052(a)(3). Subject to subsections (d) and (d-1), the SBEC may specify the term of a temporary certificate issued under this subsection; TEC, §21.052(d), which states that a temporary certificate issued under §21.052(c) to an educator employed by a school district that has constructed or expanded at least one instructional facility as a result of increased student enrollment due to actions taken under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. Section 2687) may not expire before the first anniversary of the date on which the SBEC completes the review of the educator's credentials and informs the educator of the examination or examinations under the TEC, §21.048, on which the educator must perform successfully to receive a standard certificate; and TEC, §21.052(e), which states that an educator who has submitted all documents required by the board for certification and who receives a temporary certificate as provided by subsection (c) has one year to successfully complete examination requirements identified in the review of credentials and specified in Section 21.048, to receive a standard certificate.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The adopted amendments implement Texas Education Code (TEC), §§21.041(b)(1), (4), and (5); 21.048; and 21.052(a), (b), (c), (d), and (e).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on April 22, 2022.

TRD-202201591

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: May 12, 2022

Proposal publication date: December 31, 2021

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497