FAQs

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Important Information for Candidates for Texes Principal Certification

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Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination, no matter when they occurred, will count toward the five-attempt testing limit regardless of the date of the first attempt at the examination!

IF YOU CHOOSE TO REGISTER AGAIN FOR THE SAME TEST AFTER COMPLETION OF THE FIFTH ATTEMPT, YOUR SCORES WILL NOT BE COUNTED TOWARDS CERTIFICATION, AND YOU WILL ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEST FEES PAID. ---------What does this mean?

Full details about this information can be found here.

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How long do I have to test before the TExES 068 is no longer offered?

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The TExES Principal (068) test will be available for re-testers through 8/31/2019

A comprehensive communication plan has been initiated by TEA to ensure that Texas principal preparation programs and candidates are informed of the upcoming changes. The information below reflects the current plan, which is subject to revision as additional information becomes available.

Full details about this information can be found here.

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Code Registration

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As the TExES Principal Certification exam is constantly changing, CR Educational Services provides its students with the TExES Resource Center. This resource assists students in keeping up to date with the latest information available. This Resource section is provided free of charge for 6 months to those who have purchased a copy of the 2017 TExES Principal Toolkit & Study Guide from this website. Since mid-October 2017, each Study Guide comes with a bookmark which has a printed access code, to be activated at TExESCert.com to receive the 6 months of free access. Students who purchased a Study Guide between January 2017 – Mid October 2017 will have received their coupon code via e-mail.

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Your Higher Education Program does NOT cover it All

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Students are thinking that the present higher education programs - such as Educational Leadership – will cover all the knowledge needed to pass the TExES exam are very mistaken. The very nature of our profession (if allowed to use this phrase) is continuously changing, and other than the “basic” knowledge the “progressive” knowledge is learned by the candidate through active reading, seminar and webcast participation of changing education events and interactive networking with professionals in the field.

All professionals seek to enhance continually their knowledge base through the interactive process of learning. None of us wish to go to a doctor who has not reviewed his or her profession in a decade or two. Nor would we wish to turn over our tax challenges to a CPA, who has not reviewed state and federal tax changes in a decade or two. Such is also the nature of the educational professional.

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Not Your Grandmothers Exam

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The ability of the present TExES to alter to meet the changes of our profession have also morphed the exam into a vital highly specific testing instrument. The exam has moved from the lower end of the Bloom’s Taxonomy - Knowledge, Comprehension, and Application- to the more robust and difficult areas of test evaluation determined by - Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation.

The move to the higher order of skills has impacted many candidates seeking the Principal Certification, in Texas. The determination of success on the TExES can’t be indicated by the present system of grades, within our programs. While multiple students will clearly have high GPA scores, it is abundantly clear this is not an indicator of success in this highly-evolved exam.

The TExES has now enjoined itself with the many other professional exams, in our state. The legal profession requires passing “the Bar” before the actual practice of that profession may begin. Even though the candidate has completed all the higher educational challenges, the “final exam” is given, and the candidate must meet state and federal certification requirements.

The Certified Public Account profession also requires passing of a certificated exam to begin the practice of the candidate’s profession. The number of professional organizations is now limitless as to those requiring the passing of a “final exam” given outside the higher education field and based on the application of knowledge learned. So historically, the TExES has moved into this rarified field.

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Time and the TExES

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The present framework of the TExES is very fluid. Due to the nature of our profession, there are continual changes in school policy, procedures, and law. As such, the nature of the exam alters to meet these changing needs. The best testing strategy is to review, prepare and take the TExES as soon as you complete all of your Universities prerequisites. Time, with this exam, is not your friend.

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Organization of the TExES

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The framework for this exam is based on the State of Texas Certification Standards for School Administrators. The content covers broad areas called domains and competencies.

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The TExES Principal Exam

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The Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) measures the content and application of your present administrative knowledge. This content and application are based on the state and national standards of the Educational Leadership Profession and clearly establishes what TEA/SBEC discerns as the “entry-level” knowledge and application base for K-12 school administrators.