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Pearson is Taking Over the TExES

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This week the TEA announced a HUGE change to the TExES exam.

On Friday June 22, TEA posted an announcement that they are switching testing providers from ETS to Pearson. This switch will happen September 1, 2018.

The full announcement reads:

The Texas Educator Certification Examination Program will transition to a new vendor, NCS Pearson, Inc., beginning September 1, 2018, for the following tests: TExES, TExMaT, TASC, and TASC-ASL. ETS will administer the new Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) when it becomes effective in fall 2019. The Educator Testing Transition flyer (PDF, 56 KB) provides more information about the transition. Ongoing updates will be provided by both vendors and the Texas Education Agency in the coming weeks.

TEA Educator Testing Announcement Page.

Levels of Impact

Immediate Impact

The immediate impact for students and programs will be:

  • A new website to register for the TExES
  • Possible new registration procedures
  • New reporting procedures

Long-Term Impact

The long-term impact is much more difficult to foresee. But like adjustments include:

  • As Pearson takes control of the test-item creation process, testing forms will likely change- whether marginally or substantially.
  • Specifically, new test forms could emphasize different concepts. This means TExES preparation requirements are likely to change as Pearson exerts more influence over test forms.

What Comes Next

  • Pearson will launch its new website on June 28, and should being answering questions regarding logistics about the transition.
  • For TExES preparation, the 240 Tutoring team will be monitoring the situation very closely. Our new Director of Curriculum, Clairissa Simmons (former Director of Content at Macmillan Publishing), will be analyzing any changes to the test structure and adapting our 240 Tutoring TExES study guides to the address any changes.

To help monitor this change and any impact we find, we will publish updates on our website at:

We will be reaching out to Pearson to fully understand how this transition will affect students across the state. If you have any questions we can ask for you on your behalf, please let us know.

We look forward to being in touch!

Scott Rozell

President

240 Tutoring, Inc