Texas Teachers Expands TExES Test Preparation
Houston, TX – January 31, 2018 – Texas Teachers of Tomorrow has expanded its test preparation curriculum for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), launching fourteen additional courses to ensure the state’s largest teacher candidate pool is prepared to meet teacher hiring demands for the 2018-2019 school year. Each of the twenty-three available courses provides an in-depth review of content and methodology assessed by the most common Texas state educator exams, including the Core Subjects EC-6, Core Subjects 4-8, Mathematics 7-12, Science 7-12, and Special Education EC-12.
The new curriculum was launched in response to recent rule changes by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) that prevent teachers from demonstrating subject matter expertise through subject-specific college coursework. Despite critical teacher shortages in a wide range of subject areas, all candidates must now pass an approved TExES exam prior to entering the classroom. This has delayed eligibility for teaching positions, and many districts report a sharp increase in uncertified long-term substitutes on Texas campuses.
The new rules also limit the number of times a potential teacher can sit for TExES exams. Teachers must prepare for the subject area exams to understand their complexity and layout. Texas Teachers well-designed preparation courses will help candidates determine where they need to refresh their subject matter knowledge, with practice test scores to indicate the likelihood of passing actual exams.
“Texas Teachers is always focused on making sure that every child has a great teacher, and we do not want a test to prevent a great teacher from entering the classroom,” said Vernon Reaser, CEO of Teachers of Tomorrow. “We are honored by the trust districts have placed in the quality and rigor of our classroom readiness training, and now we are able to provide that same high-quality preparation as our candidates face increasing state test requirements.”
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Teachers of Tomorrow is the largest, fastest growing Teacher Certification Program in the nation, delivering online and in-person training to individuals pursuing a career in teaching. Teachers of Tomorrow is also the #2 most diverse certification program in the country with 46% non-white enrollment; and 70% of their teachers remain in the profession after five years, versus the national average of only 50%. Over the last 12 years, Teachers of Tomorrow has certified more than 45,000 new teachers, and in 2016 the Company trained and certified an estimated 7,000 teachers. Teachers of Tomorrow is an approved teacher certification provider in Texas, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, and Arizona.