§229.2: Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

(1) Academic year--A period of 12 consecutive months, starting September 1 and ending August 31.

(2) ACT®--The college entrance examination from ACT®.

(3) Administrator--For purposes of the surveys and information required by this chapter, an educator whose certification would entitle him or her to be assigned as a principal or assistant principal in Texas, whether or not he or she is currently working in such an assignment.

(4) Alternative certification program--An approved educator preparation program, delivered by entities described in §228.20(a) of this title (relating to Governance of Educator Preparation Programs), specifically designed as an alternative to a traditional undergraduate certification program, for individuals already holding at least a baccalaureate degree.

(5) Beginning teacher--For purposes of this chapter, a classroom teacher with less than three years experience.

(6) Campus-based mentor--A certified educator assigned by the campus administrator who has completed mentor training; who guides, assists, and supports the beginning teacher; and who reports the beginning teacher's progress to that teacher's educator preparation program.

(7) Candidate--An individual who has been admitted into an educator preparation program, including an individual who has been accepted on a contingency basis; also referred to as an enrollee or participant.

(8) Certification field--Professional development (elementary and secondary) and delivery system fields, academic or career and technical content fields, special education fields, specializations, or professional fields in which an entity is approved to offer certification.

(9) Clinical teaching--A 12-week full-day teaching practicum in an alternative certification program at a public school accredited by the Texas Education Agency or a Texas Education Agency-recognized private school that may lead to completion of a standard certificate.

(10) Completer--According to the Higher Education Act, "A person who has met all the requirements of a state-approved educator preparation program." The term completer is no longer used to define the class of educator preparation program candidates subject to a determination of certification examination pass rate.

(11) Cooperating teacher--The campus-based mentor teacher for the student teacher or clinical teacher.

(12) Demographic group--Male and female, as to gender; the aggregate reporting categories established by the Higher Education Act, as to race and ethnicity. Each educator preparation program will assign a candidate to one gender demographic group and at least one Higher Education Act-established race or ethnicity group.

(13) Educator preparation program provider--An entity approved by the State Board for Educator Certification to recommend candidates in one or more educator certification fields.

(14) Educator preparation program data--Data elements reported to meet requirements under the Texas Education Code, §21.045(b).

(15) Examination--An examination or other test required by statute or State Board for Educator Certification rule that governs an individual's admission to an educator preparation program, certification as an educator, continuation as an educator, or advancement as an educator.

(16) Field supervisor--A certified educator, preferably with advanced credentials, who is hired by the educator preparation program to observe candidates, monitor their performances, and provide constructive feedback to improve their effectiveness as an educator. A campus mentor or cooperating teacher, assigned as required by §228.35(e) of this title (relating to Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training), may not also serve as a field supervisor.

(17) First year in the classroom--For purposes of the Texas Education Code, §21.045(a)(4), and its implementation in this chapter, the first year of employment as a classroom teacher.

(18) GPA--Grade point average.

(19) GRE®--Graduate Record Examinations®.

(20) Higher Education Act--Federal legislation consisting of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 United States Code, §1070 et seq.) and its subsequent amendments, which requires reports of educator preparation program performance data.

(21) Highly qualified teacher--A teacher who has a baccalaureate degree and full state certification and has demonstrated competency in all subjects in which he or she teaches. A highly qualified teacher has not had any certification requirements waived on an emergency certificate or permit.

(22) Highly qualified teacher in an alternative certification program--A teacher who is participating in an alternative certification program may be considered to meet the certification requirements of the definition of a highly qualified teacher (and not be counted on a waiver) if he or she is issued a probationary certificate whereby he or she is permitted to assume functions as a regular classroom teacher for a specified period of time not to exceed three years and he or she demonstrates satisfactory progress toward full certification. The teacher's alternative certification program must provide high-quality professional development that is sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction before and while teaching. The teacher must receive intensive supervision that consists of structured guidance and regular ongoing support, as required by §228.35 of this title (relating to Preparation Program Coursework and/or Training).

(23) IHE--Institution of Higher Education.

(24) Institutional report--Educator preparation program data reported to the United States Department of Education and the Texas Education Agency as required under the Higher Education Act.

(25) Internship--A one-year supervised professional assignment at a public school accredited by the Texas Education Agency or a Texas Education Agency-recognized private school that may lead to completion of a standard certificate.

(26) Pass rate--For each academic year, the percent of tests passed by candidates who have finished all educator preparation program requirements for coursework; training; and internship, student teaching, clinical teaching, or practicum by the end of that academic year. For purposes of determining the pass rate, candidates shall not be excluded because the candidate has not been recommended for certification, has not passed a certification examination, or is not considered a "completer" for purposes of the Higher Education Act or other applicable law. The pass rate is based solely on the examinations required to obtain certification in the field(s) for which the candidate serves his or her internship, student teaching, clinical teaching, or practicum. Examinations not required for certification in that field or fields, whether taken before or after admission to an educator preparation program, are not included. The rate reflects a candidate's success only on the last attempt made on the examination by the end of the academic year in which the candidate finishes the coursework; training; and internship, student teaching, clinical teaching, or practicum program requirements, and does not reflect any attempts made after that year. The formula for calculation of pass rate is the number of successful (i.e., passing) last attempts made by candidates who have finished the specified educator preparation program requirements divided by the total number of last attempts made by those candidates.

(27) Practicum--Practical work in a particular field; refers to student teaching, clinical teaching, internship, or practicum for a professional certificate that is in the school setting.

(28) SAT®--The college entrance examination from the College Board.

(29) Scaled score--A conversion of a candidate's raw score on an examination or a version of the examination to a common scale that allows for a numerical comparison between candidates.

(30) Student teaching--A 12-week full-day teaching practicum in a program provided by an accredited university at a public school accredited by the Texas Education Agency or a Texas Education Agency-recognized private school that may lead to completion of a standard certificate.

(31) Texas Education Agency staff--Staff of the Texas Education Agency assigned by the commissioner of education to perform the SBEC's administrative functions and services.

(32) Willfully or recklessly--With conscious disregard for the requirements of complete and accurate reporting imposed by this chapter.

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Source Note: The provisions of this §229.2 adopted to be effective April 18, 2010, 35 TexReg 2849