TExES Special Education EC-12 (161) Practice Test & Study Guide | 2022 TExES Test Prep (2022)

What Is the TExES Special Education EC-12 (161)?

To become a certified teacher in the state of Texas, you must meet specific educational and testing requirements. If you have decided to become a special education educator, then taking the TExES Special Education EC-12 (161) exam is an important step in obtaining your certification. This TExES test was created by a team of elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educators, community members, expert contributors, and professional educator organizations. It was designed to assess the knowledge and skills necessary to be an entry-level educator in the special education field. The TExES 161 is a computer-administered test (CAT), consisting of 150 selected-response (multiple choice) questions. You will have 5 hours to complete the exam including the approximately 15-minute CAT tutorial and compliance agreement.

Practice tests give you a better idea ofthe topics you have mastered andthose you should keep studying.

What Is the Difference Between the TExES 161 and 163?

The TExES Special Education EC-12 (161) and TExES Special Education Supplemental (163) have very similar content and both tests' questions rely on the standards of special education. They are both intended to assess an individual's ability to be an entry-level special education teacher and either of these TExES exams will count towards special education certification. The TExES 163 is essentially a condensed version of the TExES 161. The table below will compare their similarities and differences.

TExES 161 TExES 163
Number of Questions 150 100
Domains Assessed I)Understanding Individuals with Disabilities and Evaluating Their Needs II)Promoting Student Learning and Development III)Promoting Student Achievement in English Language Arts and Reading and in Mathematics IV)Foundations and Professional Roles and Responsibilities I)Understanding Individuals with Disabilities and Evaluating Their Needs II) Promoting Student Learning and Development III) Foundations and Professional Roles and Responsibilities

What Is on the TExES 161 Exam?

The TExES 161 was modeled using 10 special educator standards. It consists of 4 domains with detailed competencies that describe what you will be tested on. The table below outlines the domains, standards, and their approximate percentage of the test.

Domain Domain Title Standards Approximate Percentage of the test
I Understanding Individuals with Disabilities and Evaluating Their Needs Special Education EC-12: IV-V 13%
II Promoting Student Learning and Development Special Education EC-12: VI-X 33%
III Promoting Student Achievement in English Language Arts and Reading and in Mathematics Special Education EC-12: XI-XII 33%
IV Foundations and Professional Roles and Responsibilities Special Education EC-12: I-III 20%

Understanding Individuals with Disabilities and Evaluating Their Needs

This domain will cover approximately 13% of the exam and will ask questions about the following competencies:

  • Competency I: Knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and needs of students with disabilities. Questions within this competency will require you to have knowledge of medical conditions, language/academic/social skills, cultural/environmental influence, child development, and the impact of these variables on a student's learning.
  • Competency II: Formal and informal assessment/evaluation procedures to determine student competencies and make instructional decisions. These questions will assess your knowledge of the terminology, legality, and ethics in assessments/evaluations as well as your understanding of how to make assessments, including gathering information from various sources, gathering baselines, identifying intervention strategies, and monitoring progress.

Questions within this domain may demonstrate a scenario about a student's disability and the best way to assess/respond.

Promoting Student Learning and Development

This domain covers 33% of the exam. The following competencies will be assessed by questions within this domain:

  • Competency III: Understanding and application of procedures for planning and instruction for learners with disabilities. The questions will test your development of ability appropriate content/materials/technology/resources within the classroom and your use of Individualized Education Programs (IEP) in lesson planning.
  • Competency IV: Application of procedures for managing the classroom environment including teaching and learning. You will be asked questions that test your ability to create a positive learning environment, use time/classroom management, and make informed decisions about the wellbeing of your students. This competency also addresses the logistics of assistive technology for students with disabilities.
  • Competency V: Promotion of student educational performance by facilitating their achievements. Questions within this competency will address your motivation of and adaptation of lessons that will benefit students with a variety of abilities. This will include analyzing cultural factors, utilizing resources, and creating plans that fit your students' needs. Life skills and community integration questions will also appear in this competency.
  • Competency VI: Knowledge of procedures encouraging appropriate student behavior and social skills. These questions will assess your ability to model and teach positive behavior/attitude to individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This includes understanding intervention strategies, realistic expectations, and strategies for behavioral modification.
  • Competency VII: Understanding transitional problems and procedures across the lifespan. You will be tested on your knowledge of utilizing a student's resources/supports/IEP, collaborating with them, and creating a lifelong plan to set them up for long term success even beyond your classroom.

Promoting Student Achievement in English Language Arts and Reading and in Mathematics

Questions within this domain will focus on your knowledge of the basic principles of English, language arts, reading, and mathematics, specifically your ability to teach students within these subjects and encourage their academic success in these fields. This domain covers approximately 33% of the exam and the following competencies:

  • Competency VIII: Promotion of students' performance in English, language arts, and reading. The questions will assess your application of developmentally appropriate communication, teaching techniques, and systematic instruction. Emphasis will be placed on literacy development, phonics, reading fluency, comprehension in reading, writing conventions, and development of interpretation/analyzation/evaluation skills.
  • Competency VIIII: Promotion of students' performance in mathematics. These questions will interpret your knowledge of mathematical instruction. Numbers, patterns, geometry, probability, and statistics will be addressed, including your ability to teach/apply mathematical methods.

Foundations and Professional Roles and Responsibilities

The final domain will cover 20% of the exam and assess your knowledge of the following competencies:

  • Competency X: Understanding of philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of special education. These questions will ask you about the foundations, contributors, and factors that evolved special education into what we know it as today. You will also be questioned about current theories, terminology, services, and issues within the field of special education. This includes medical, psychological, behavioral, and educational perspectives for individuals with disabilities.
  • Competency XI: Knowledge of professional responsibilities and ethics within the field of special education. The focus of these questions is to ensure that you understand federal, state, and local standards of professionalism, including confidentiality and respect for the individuals you will be working with.
  • Competency XII: Communication and collaboration within a professional setting. Questions in the competency will assess your ability to act as a liaison between the student/parent and the school/resources available to them. You should understand and be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with these professionals in order to create the best possible learning environment for your students.

How Is the TExES Special Education EC-12 Scored?

The TExES Special Education EC-12 is scored using raw points and a scaled score. You can earn one raw point for each question, and your total raw points earned are then compared to the total possible raw points. This number is then put on a scaled score from 100 to 300 where 100 is equal to 0% and 300 is equal to 100%. A passing score for the TExES 161 is 240. TExES scores will be available on the Pearson online account of the candidates and/or will be sent via email (if this option is selected during TExES exam registration) at 10:00 pm CST on the score report date. If candidates fail to pass, they are able to retake the exam 30 days after the initial attempt as long as the scores have been reported. According to the TExES exam retake policy, candidates have 5 attempts to retake the exam; this number includes the initial attempt.

How to Pass the TExES Special Education Exam

Studying for an exam can be overwhelming, and luckily there are a number of free and paid online services available to help you with TExES test prep! It is important to start your studying process by familiarizing yourself with the exam content. This will help you assess what you already know and what you still need to study. By looking at a test preparation manual and study guide, you will find tips for studying on the day of the test, in-depth descriptions of test content, and practice questions/tests. A TExES study guide is a great resource to help you create a study plan or a schedule for what/when you are going to study. This will help keep you on track and retain the most amount of information before you take the exam. How you study the material is dependent on your learning style, so it is imperative that you find resources that fit your needs. Some examples include flashcards, books, online lessons, study partners/groups, practice questions/tests, etc.

TExES Special Education Certification Practice Test

Practice questions and tests are a great way to get a guideline for where you are at and track your study progress. Initially taking a practice test before you start studying can give you a good baseline for what information you know and what you need to study. It will also give you an understanding of the testing format, so you can consider the time you should take on questions during the real exam. It is important to read the answer key to every practice test and ensure you understand why you correctly or incorrectly answered a question. Utilizing individual practice questions after studying a specific competency or while you are studying an entire domain can reinforce what you have learned. In addition, it will give you an idea of what to expect when met with questions in that subject area on the test. Shortly before your testing date, taking a TExES practice test that simulates the TExES test as closely as possible will indicate how you will perform on the test while highlighting information that you still need to focus on. No matter how/what you study, the most important thing to remember on test day is to trust yourself and your preparation!

How to Register for the TExES Special Education EC-12 Exam

TExES exam registration starts with creating an online account on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website. After you have created an account, you will be given a TEA ID that is necessary for registering for your Pearson online account on the Texas Educator Certification Examination Program website. Your Pearson account will allow you to register for exams, schedule testing appointments, reschedule/cancel testing appointments, and register for exam retakes. This is also where you will access the report for your TExES scores. In order to register for an exam, you should make sure you have your program/agency approval, and that you are registering for the correct test for your certification. Once you have registered for the exam, you will have 170 days to schedule your testing appointment You also have to pay the TExES exam cost of $116 to be able to take the TExES 161 exam.

Expert Contributor

Amy Mayers

Amy Mayers, M.Ed. has taught middle school math for over 7 years. She is a Texas certified teacher for grades 4-12 in mathematics and has passed the TExES Math 4-8 and the TExES Math 7-12. Amy graduated with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Houston and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the TExES special education test?

    You will have a 5 hour time period to complete the TExES 161. It is made up of 150 select-response (multiple choice) questions.

  • How do I pass the TExES special education EC-12?

    In order to pass the TExES 161, it is important to study the information in a way that will help you retain it and apply it to the exam. There are many resources available to help prepare you for your test, but it is imperative you schedule your testing appointment with enough time for you to study and practice.

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  1. Which of the following is not something that a student with a communication disorder would struggle with?

    • Expressing their thoughts verbally.

    • Reading comprehension

    • Following class directions

    • Identifying colors

      Correct Answer
  2. Which of the following is not a method educators should use to break the boundaries when trying to involve parents in their students education?

    • Offering workshops

    • Involving parents in homework

    • Visiting parents at home

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    • Mandatory meetings

      Correct Answer
  3. Why is it beneficial to assign students who have the same issues into guided writing groups?

  4. 25% can be expressed in what fraction?

    • 1/5

    • 2/3

    • 1/4

      Correct Answer
    • 2/4

  5. Which of the following is NOT a part of the task analysis process?

    • Compare results to other students

      Correct Answer
    • Choose and analyze the test

    • Assess the student

    • Identify the component skills

  6. Ms. Killen is having her students write a paper on a character from a book that reminds them of someone in their real life. What technique is Ms. Killen assessing?

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    • Connection

      Correct Answer
    • Evaluation

    • Prediction

    • Visualization

  7. A principal took over a new school that was known for having severe issues with behavior. The principal decided that they wanted to do things differently. Instead of focusing on the negative behavior, they wanted to reward students for positive behavior and actions. In order to do this, they decided to offer rewards as well as consequences.

    What system is the principal using?

  8. Which of the following classroom accommodations is NOT appropriate for students with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

    • Option to dictate rather than handwriting or keyboarding work

    • Extra time to complete assignments

    • Extra questions or problems on a test or worksheet

      Correct Answer
    • Use of a computer for lengthy written assignments

  9. A student with autism does well in the classroom, the student lacks basic, fundamental skills, especially those with reading and math. The school would meet the student's needs through

    • a transfer to a different public school with more extensive offerings.

    • a fully inclusive placement.

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    • inclusion with a resource room option.

      Correct Answer
    • placement in a self-contained classroom.

  10. Which of the following angles in the image are alternate interior angles?

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    • Angles A and B

    • Angles A and X

    • Angles B and Y

    • Angles X and Y

      Correct Answer
  11. Which president signed into law the No Child Left Behind?

  12. Sarah, a student with learning disabilities, has a hard time writing down her work on a regular sheet of notebook paper. In order to assist her in completing her work, Sarah was given a computer and a microphone. This computer helps Sarah take notes and complete assignments in all of her classes.

    What type of device was Sarah given?

    • Assistive

      Correct Answer
    • Intrusive

    • Maladaptive

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  13. Where is the TExES Special Education Exam taken?

    • online

      Correct Answer
    • at home - the test is mailed to testers

    • at a teacher's home school

    • at a testing center

  14. Which of the following best describes when a teacher treats girls in her classroom better than boys?

    • Economic bias

    • Ethnic bias

    • Gender bias

      Correct Answer
    • Cultural bias

  15. Which of the following is NOT an impact of abuse on child development?

FAQs

Is the TExES special ed test hard? ›

Is the TExES special ED test hard? The text is not the most difficult of educator licensing exams but it is no walk in the park. There are 100 questions and 240 points are required to secure a Pass. You may write the test a total of 5 times.

How many questions are on the TExES special education test? ›

What do I need to know about the TExES Special Education EC-12 (161) exam? There are 150 multiple-choice questions on the test, which is taken on a computer. The test time is five hours. The test fee is $131.

Is the TExES content exam hard? ›

The EC-6 exam covers a lot of information, which makes it a hard test. There are five subtests that focus on five different subject areas. The exam is used to determine if you are prepared to teach the content taught in Texas schools from early childhood through sixth grade, so it covers a lot of ground.

How do I prepare for the TExES? ›

To ensure your time is productive, it is essential that you review materials relevant to the test.
  1. Review the Preparation Manual (1-3 hours) ...
  2. Review the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) ...
  3. Seek Advice. ...
  4. Study Groups. ...
  5. Use a Study Manual or Program. ...
  6. Flash Cards.
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Is 70 passing on TExES? ›

Total exam performance scores for all exams in the AAFCS, PACT, and TExES series are reported on a scale of 100 to 300, with a score of 240 established as the minimum passing score.

Do special ed teachers get paid more in Texas? ›

How much does a special education teacher make? On average in the United States, a special education teacher makes around $61,500 per year. However, in Texas, special education teachers make an average of $58,000 per year.

What happens if you fail the TExES exam 5 times? ›

Waiver (Appeal to State Board of Educator Certification)

Waiver: If you do not pass an exam within FIVE (5) attempts, you may appeal for a waiver. This is processed through the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) for approval. Instructions are on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

How many questions can you miss on a TExES exam? ›

All TExES exams are scored on a scale of 100-300 points. The minimum score that you need to pass a TExES test is 240 points.

What happens if I fail my TExES exam? ›

In compliance with Texas Education Agency (TEA) rules, candidates are allowed five (5) attempts to pass a certification exam. If you fail an exam, you must seek approval from your Educator Preparation Program to take the exam again.

How long should I study for the TExES exam? ›

TExES Study Guide Tip #2: Start preparing 6 to 8 weeks before your test date. This assumes you will study 2 hours per day, 5 days per week. If you don't have 2 hours per day then you will need to start your preparation earlier than 6-8 weeks before your exam.

How long does it take to study for TExES? ›

However, a good rule is that you should start prepping for the TExES examination about 8 weeks before you walk into the test center. With an 8 week TExES exam preparation schedule you should review approximately 2 hours each day on a Monday through Friday schedule.

Can you take a TExES exam without being in a program? ›

When should you take your TExES exam? You must enroll with an alternative teacher certification program BEFORE you take your TExES tests. Once you apply and have been accepted into an educator preparation program (EPP) like ECAP, you must create an account with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

Is 240 tutoring worth it? ›

Yes, 240 Tutoring is definitely worth it! The study guides are high-quality, the customer service is responsive, and the price is unbeatable. If you're looking for a test prep program to help you pass your teacher certification exam, we highly recommend 240 Tutoring.

How many times can you take the TExES content exam? ›

How many times can someone take a Texas Educator Certification examination? Candidates are limited to five attempts to take a certification exam. For more information, review the Retake Policy page on this website.

How do you get approved for the TExES exam? ›

In order to gain approval to take a TExES test, candidates must complete the 240Tutoring course for the corresponding test and score 78% or higher on the practice test. Upon successful completion of the practice test, candidates can request access to the TExES test.

Does D count as passing? ›

At most schools, a D is the lowest passing grade. That means students who earn a D or higher receive credit for the course. However, some schools set special policies around D grades.

How is TExES 161 scored? ›

– For all TExES tests, the score scale is 100–300 with a scaled score of 240 as the minimum passing score. This score represents the minimum level of competency required to be an entry-level educator in this field in Texas public schools.

What is a scaled score of 240? ›

Test results are calculated as scaled scores in a range from 100 to 300, with a score of 240 representing the minimum passing score. If your total test scaled score is 240 or above, you have passed the test or subtest. Your total test score is based on your performance on all sections of the test or subtest.

What is the highest salary for a Special Education Teacher? ›

Salary of Special Education Teacher by Education

According to PayScale, a graduate with a BS in special education makes $54,000 on average, while completing an MS can increase earnings to $58,000 annually. Completing a doctor of education in special education increases average earnings to $71,000 a year.

Where are the highest paid special education teachers? ›

Special Education Teacher Salary By State

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California has the highest average salary at $80,370. The District of Columbia, New York, Oregon, and Connecticut fill out the rest of the top 5.

What is the highest paid teacher in Texas? ›

Of 38 Houston-area school districts, Crosby ISD paid the highest average teacher salary in 2020-21, data shows. Average teacher pay of the northeast district was $68,029 that school year.

How long does a Texas teacher certification last? ›

If you hold a standard educator certificate you must renew it every five years.

How long do you have wait after failing TExES exam? ›

You must wait 30 days after taking the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 391) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam before you can retake the overall exam or an individual subject exam.

Can anyone take a TExES exam? ›

You can take the test when: You're enrolled in your certification program. You need permission from your certification program to do this. You're a college graduate but haven't enrolled in a certification program.

Can you use a calculator on TExES exam? ›

An on-screen calculator is not provided for the CORE Subjects EC-6 exam. Most other TExES exams that contain mathematical calculation questions do offer an on-screen calculator for test use. For advanced exams like 7-12 Mathematics, you will need to bring your own graphing calculator.

Do TExES scores expire? ›

There is no expiration date for TExES scores. Scores should remain valid and can be accessed from a student's TEA login for years. The only reason a student's scores may not be valid is if changes to a test are made, and a student has yet to become certified.

Is everyone passing the STR exam? ›

The Science of Teaching Reading was previously combined with the Core Subjects EC-6 ELAR and STR exam, which has a recent passing rate of 86%. As of September 2021, the Texas Education Agency established a scaled score for each portion of the exam.

What happens if I fail the PPR 5 times? ›

Because the Professional Practices and Responsibilities exam is required for all areas of certification, if an individual fails to pass the PPR after five attempts, he or she will likely not be issued a probationary or standard certificate in any certification field.

Will you have to take TExES certification exams before you are hired by a public school district? ›

In order to be hired as a teacher, the state requires you to pass the TExES test to show districts that you have the knowledge to teach the subject. Think of the TExES, like the Bar Exam – you must pass the test in order to being practicing in the field.

Is 3 weeks long enough to study for an exam? ›

3 weeks is PLENTY of time. It's surely possible to get A's but you do have to sit down and start studying. If you got D's in mock exams I'd advice to find out what were your flaws and try to improve in these areas. Nothing but sitting down to study will help though.

How long do I need to study for the board exam? ›

Study at least 8 hours a day, if you really want to score 90+ percentage in board exams. Because this is the only way which is required to achieve such a percentage. Divide equal time of study with your main subjects. But do not forget to study subjects like Hindi, English, etc.

How many days do you need to prepare for a test? ›

In general, plan to start about 7-10 days in advance to make sure you maximize your study time. Remember, it is better to space your studying out over a period of days rather than clustering your studying just before the exam. Ten hours of studying over 5 days is better than 10 hours of studying over 2 days!

How long does it take to finish Texas teachers? ›

This is the all-important question. Through a traditional route, it takes roughly five years to get your degree and teaching certificate. If you already have a Bachelor's degree, we recommend exploring the alternative route to teaching.

How do you study for a teaching exam? ›

Create a Plan and schedule: This is the very first task that you need to complete and that too efficiently. Go through your teaching exam syllabus and analyse how much time you need to devote. Inform your Employer: Informing your employer is very important. This will help you manage your work schedule.

How long does it take to get Texas teacher certification results? ›

Test Score Verification Letter

Please allow approximately three weeks for processing. You may submit an online request or submit the request form below through the TEA Help Desk.

Can I become a teacher with a 2.3 GPA in Texas? ›

Admission to Texas Teachers currently only requires a 2.5 GPA or higher, in addition to 12-15 hours of college credits in a specific subject area which correlates with a content exam. Alternatively, one may opt for the PACT Path if they have a GPA between 2.30-2.49 and pass a content-specific exam (PACT).

Can you teach in Texas without a teaching certificate? ›

Since 1995, Texas law has allowed school districts to issue a school district teaching permit (SDTP) to someone who does not hold a teaching certificate (Texas Education Code §21.055). A teacher employed on a school district teaching permit is not certified by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).

Can you become a teacher with a low GPA? ›

Applying for Teacher Education Programs

For most teacher education programs, you need a particular GPA to apply for the program. That means that the grades you get in general classes could prevent you from taking teacher education classes. I've found that most schools require at least a 2.75, but the exact GPA varies.

Do tutors make a lot of money? ›

The median hourly salary for a private tutor is $17.53. Median means that half the people in the job earn more while half earn less. A private tutor salary can vary depending on a number of factors, including geographic location.

Can you make a living off being a tutor? ›

Tutoring isn't only a good paying side-gig for college students — it can also be a rewarding full-time profession. Trevor Klee is a GMAT, GRE, and LSAT tutor in Boston who earns more than $90,000 from graduate tutoring over the course of a year.

What do most tutors charge per hour? ›

Private Tutoring

Some private tutors are high school students, graduate students, or even teaching assistants. For private tutoring from a student or teaching assistant, you can expect to pay an average of $30 per hour. You can expect to pay $56 per hour or more for high-level tutors such as professors or teachers.

Is 70 passing on TExES? ›

Total exam performance scores for all exams in the AAFCS, PACT, and TExES series are reported on a scale of 100 to 300, with a score of 240 established as the minimum passing score.

Is the TExES special ed test hard? ›

Is the TExES special ED test hard? The text is not the most difficult of educator licensing exams but it is no walk in the park. There are 100 questions and 240 points are required to secure a Pass. You may write the test a total of 5 times.

Is the TExES content exam hard? ›

The EC-6 exam covers a lot of information, which makes it a hard test. There are five subtests that focus on five different subject areas. The exam is used to determine if you are prepared to teach the content taught in Texas schools from early childhood through sixth grade, so it covers a lot of ground.

How many questions can you miss on a TExES exam? ›

All TExES exams are scored on a scale of 100-300 points. The minimum score that you need to pass a TExES test is 240 points.

What happens if you fail TExES test? ›

Let's talk about failing a TExES exam. If you fail a test, you can retake it after 30 days. You can't register until the scores are posted, so there's no need to panic until you see your official score.

What happens if I fail my TExES exam? ›

In compliance with Texas Education Agency (TEA) rules, candidates are allowed five (5) attempts to pass a certification exam. If you fail an exam, you must seek approval from your Educator Preparation Program to take the exam again.

Can you fail a special education student in Texas? ›

The short answer is yes. An IEP does not guarantee that a child will not fail a grade.

How many questions can you miss on the TExES? ›

Scores of 240 or higher meet the standard needed to pass TExES, and score reports reflect a total test performance status of “Passed.” There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so it is better to guess than to leave answers blank. Answer every question, but make sure to keep track of time as you go.

What if I fail the TExES exam? ›

Let's talk about failing a TExES exam. If you fail a test, you can retake it after 30 days. You can't register until the scores are posted, so there's no need to panic until you see your official score.

What happens if you fail the TExES exam 5 times? ›

Waiver (Appeal to State Board of Educator Certification)

Waiver: If you do not pass an exam within FIVE (5) attempts, you may appeal for a waiver. This is processed through the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) for approval. Instructions are on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website.

What percent of Texas students are special education? ›

Since Texas lifted the cap on the percentage of students who can be identified to receive such services, the special education participation rate in the state increased from 8.8 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 11.3 percent in 2020-21, according to numbers the Texas Education Agency presented Thursday to a state ...

How long can special ed students stay in school in Texas? ›

An eligible student receiving special education services who is 21 years of age on September 1 of a school year will be eligible for services through the end of that school year or until graduation with a regular high school diploma pursuant to §89.1070 (b)(1), (b)(2)(D), (g)(1), (g)(2), (g)(3), or (g)(4)(D) of this ...

How many SPED students can be in an inclusion class in Texas? ›

3.5 Is there a limit to the number of students that can be in a special education classroom/setting? No. There are no statutory limits to the number of students with disabilities that can be served in a special education setting (resource, life skills, etc.)

What is a scaled score of 240? ›

Test results are calculated as scaled scores in a range from 100 to 300, with a score of 240 representing the minimum passing score. If your total test scaled score is 240 or above, you have passed the test or subtest. Your total test score is based on your performance on all sections of the test or subtest.

How long does it take to study for TExES? ›

However, a good rule is that you should start prepping for the TExES examination about 8 weeks before you walk into the test center. With an 8 week TExES exam preparation schedule you should review approximately 2 hours each day on a Monday through Friday schedule.

How is TExES 161 scored? ›

– For all TExES tests, the score scale is 100–300 with a scaled score of 240 as the minimum passing score. This score represents the minimum level of competency required to be an entry-level educator in this field in Texas public schools.

Do you get a calculator on TExES exam? ›

Do You Get a Calculator on TExES Exams? An on-screen calculator is not provided for the CORE Subjects EC-6 exam. Most other TExES exams that contain mathematical calculation questions do offer an on-screen calculator for test use.

How many times can you take the Texas certification test? ›

Candidates are limited to a total of 5 attempts to pass a certification examination under Texas Education Code §21.048. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination, no matter when they occurred, will count toward the 5-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted.

Can you take a TExES exam without being in a program? ›

When should you take your TExES exam? You must enroll with an alternative teacher certification program BEFORE you take your TExES tests. Once you apply and have been accepted into an educator preparation program (EPP) like ECAP, you must create an account with the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

How long does a Texas teacher certification last? ›

If you hold a standard educator certificate you must renew it every five years.

How long do you have wait after failing TExES exam? ›

You must wait 30 days after taking the TExES Core Subjects (211 or 391) or TX PACT Essential Academic Skills (700) exam before you can retake the overall exam or an individual subject exam.

Can anyone take a TExES exam? ›

You can take the test when: You're enrolled in your certification program. You need permission from your certification program to do this. You're a college graduate but haven't enrolled in a certification program.

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