Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

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History

The Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) is a suite of computer-administered teacher certification examinations which was developed by the State Board for Education Certification (SBEC), the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Educational Testing Service (ETS).[1] The first examinations in the TExES suite were administered in 2002.[2] New examinations have occasionally been added to the TExES suite, and existing examinations have received regular updates. In 2015, new Core Subject tests were implemented.[3]

Function of the Test

TExES Study Guide

The TExES examinations are part of the certification process for new teachers in the state of Texas. They are intended to be taken by individuals who have already completed an approved educator preparation program or who already hold a Texas classroom teaching certificate or a Temporary Teacher Certificate. The Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 7, Chapter 230 lays out the requirements for teacher certification, including the requirements to pass any prescribed comprehensive examinations.[4]

All TExES examinations are scored on a scale from 100 to 300, and the passing score on all TExES examinations is a scaled score of 240.[5] Although TEA does not appear to publish exact pass rates for the TExES examinations, it does publish statistics which include the number of candidates who took each examination and the average scores achieved by these candidates. In 2013-2014, 27,119 candidates took the most popular examination, Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12, and scored an average of 264.16.[6] Other popular examinations included Generalist EC-6 (average score of 243.77), English as a Second Language Supplemental (ESL) (average score of 253.35), Special Education (average score of 253.65), Generalist 4-8 (average score of 255.50), and Principal (average score of 247.67).[6]

Judged by average scores, the most difficult examinations are Bilingual Generalist 4-8 (average score of 229.94), Master Technology Teacher (average score of 230.67), and Languages Other Than English - French EC-12 (average score of 231.57). The examinations upon which candidates are most successful include Health Science Technology Education 8-12 (average score of 276.63), Languages Other Than English - Latin EC-12 (average score of 271.44), and Technology Education 6-12 (average score of 268.22).

Test Administration

TExES Flashcards

TExES examinations are offered at ETS testing centers.[5] Some TExES examinations, especially in popular subjects such as Science, Social Studies, and History, are offered continuously year-round. Many others have only limited administration, typically in four to seven testing windows per year.[5]

Candidates must register for any given TExES examination at least two days prior to the testing date (for continuously-offered examinations) or testing window (for examinations with limited administration). The fee for each TExES examination is $120, although certain subject tests at the EC-6 and 4-8 level cost only $60.[5]

Most TExES examinations are multiple-choice tests. Some subjects, such as foreign languages, include constructed-response questions, which include written, spoken, or signed questions.[5] Examination lengths vary widely. While most examinations, including the popular PPR[7] and ESL Supplemental[8] have a testing time of five hours, some individual Core Subjects examinations may be as short as 35 minutes long.[5][9]

For most TExES examinations, scores are reported on the ETS TExES website approximately one week following the testing date. However, score reports for examinations which include constructed responses are not released until nearly a month following the testing date.[5]

Unsuccessful candidates who wish to retake an examination must wait at least 45 days between testing dates. There do not appear to be any restrictions on the number of times a candidate may take any given examination; however, TEA encourages candidates who are affiliated with an educator preparation program to check with their programs to determine whether they need to obtain new approval to retest.[5]

Candidates with disabilities who require special testing accommodations must complete a multi-step process which includes reviewing the available examination accommodations, selecting the accommodation(s) to request, completing the examination registration form, completing a testing accommodations request form, gathering documentation of the disability, and submitting all completed forms, documentation, and fees to ETS.[10]

Test Format

Test Structure

The TExES test series is composed of various subjects that educators will teach in early childhood to 12th grade classes. The majority of the tests contain about 100 multiple choice questions, and most take place on computers. Almost all of the tests in this series allow about 5 hours to complete.[11]

Test Environment

TExES tests take place at Prometric Testing Centers across Texas. Candidates taking a TExES test are required to arrive at least half an hour early to the testing facility. There, a valid identification that is government-issued and contains a name and signature is required. Depending on the test, a calculator will be provided either on screen, or a scientific one will be provided by the testing center. There are a few tests which require test takers to bring an approved calculator. Personal items are not allowed in the testing room, including books, electronics, and some watches.[12]

Test Content

  • Sample Texes Science 7-12 Practice Questions
  1. Which of the following is usually the first form of study in a new area of scientific inquiry?
    A. descriptive studies
    B. controlled experiments
    C. comparative data analysis
    D. choosing a method and design
  2. Water is likely to have the shortest residence time in which of the following types of reservoirs?
    A. A glacier
    B. A lake
    C. A river
    D. The atmosphere
  • Sample TExES Generalist EC-6 Practice Questions
  1. What type of expression is the phrase "on the other hand"?
    A. interjection
    B. transitional
    C. parenthetical
    D. tag question
  2. Diminished chords are considered dissonant for which of the following reasons:
    A. They sound "sad."
    B. They lack a tonal center.
    C. They are barely audible.
    D. They are viewed with universal disdain and absent from most popular recordings.
  • Sample TExES Social Studies 7-12 Practice Questions
  1. Which of the following is not a correct statement regarding the Pilgrims?
    A. The Pilgrims left England in 1620 on the ship known as the Mayflower and landed at Cape Cod.
    B. The Pilgrims were led by William Bradford with a charter from the London Company.
    C. The Pilgrims were a group of Puritans who left England to escape religious persecution.
    D. The Pilgrims were a group of separatists who migrated to leave the Church of England.
  2. Which of the following statements about tropical rain forests is false?
    A. There are tropical rain forests on only two continents.
    B. The largest tropical rain forest is the Amazon River basin.
    C. Over half of the world's plant and animal species are found in the tropical rain forest.
    D. Tropical rain forests cover less than 10 percent of the earth's surface.
  • Sample TExES Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12
  1. During free playtime at preschool, Olivia is observed picking up a block and holding it to a doll's mouth, pretending that it is a bottle. What type of play is Olivia demonstrating?
    A. symbolic
    B. practice
    C. integration
    D. decentration
  2. When an educator chooses to utilize and electronic grade book, as opposed to manually recording scores, teachers can:
    A. print out a particular student's grade history in an easy to read spreadsheet for parent conferences.
    B. have more freedom to plan lessons instead of calculating grades.
    C. provide students and their parents with immediate access to current grade averages and missed assignments.
    D. All of the above.

More free TExES practice test questions.

Answers to Sample Questions

Science 7-12: 1;A 2;D Generalist EC-6: 1;B 2;B Social Studies 7-12: 1;C 2;A Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities EC-12 1;B 2;C

References

  1. ^ TEA - Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) Faculty Manual April 21 2015
  2. ^ USPTO - Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) - TEXES April 21 2015
  3. ^ ETS - TExES Tests April 21 2015
  4. ^ Texas Administrative code - Chapter 230 April 21 2015
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h TEA - TExES Program 2014-15 Registration Bulletin April 21 2015
  6. ^ a b TEA - Summary Statistics for Total Scores 2013-2014 April 21 2015
  7. ^ TEA - TExES PPR Test at a Glance April 21 2015
  8. ^ TEA - TExES ESL Supplemental Test at a Glance April 21 2015
  9. ^ TEA - TExES Core Subjects/Generalist CAT Tests April 21 2015
  10. ^ TEA - Texas Educator Certification Program Bulletin Supplement for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-Related Needs April 21 2015
  11. ^ TExES Tests 28 April 2015
  12. ^ On Day of Test 28 April 2015