In the past few decades, there has been a growing movement among states to improve the educational outcomes of their school students. One of the main components of this reform movement has been a heightened emphasis on hiring and retaining only those teachers who are truly qualified to lead a classroom. The need to screen teachers for competence has led to the development of many different standardized certification testing programs across the country.
TExES is the state of Texas’ testing program for certifying new teachers before they’re allowed to teach in a classroom. The acronym stands for Texas Examinations of Educator Standards. Currently, there are approximately 60 classroom level tests covering a variety of grade levels and specialization areas. (There are also exams for other positions, such as principal, counselor, librarian, etc.) Except for people who need to take an exam in Braille, there are no paper tests; all TExES exams are taken on a computer. All tests contain multiple-choice questions. In fact, on most exams, all the questions are multiple-choice, but some exams feature one or more questions which require a written or oral response.
The exams are criterion based; that is, test scores are based on how well the test taker knows the subject matter, not how well she did compared to other test takers. Each test is divided into categories, called domains. Domains are further broken down into competencies. Competencies consist of two components: a competency statement, and descriptive statements. The competency statement is the broad outline of what knowledge and skills a teacher should have in this area, while the descriptive statements spell out the required knowledge and skills in much greater detail. TExES exams are quite challenging and should not be taken lightly. You’ll find a wide variety of videos here at Mometrix Academy to help you prep for your exam.