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Comparable Out-of-State Tests

Individuals who are certified outside of the state of Texas who have met the comparable Texas passing standard, during the appropriate time frame, may be exempt from taking Texas exams.

Out-of-State and Out-of-Country application information:

In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1721, which allows the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to issue a Texas teaching certificate to any candidate who holds a certificate in another state or country and who has passed (a) certification exam(s) “similar to and at least as rigorous as” the corresponding Texas certification exam(s).

In order to implement HB 1721, SBEC has identified states that have potentially comparable certification exams, designed and initiated a multi-phase test comparability study to determine the extent to which other states' certification exams are “similar to and at least as rigorous as” the corresponding Texas exams, and set passing standards for tests which have thus far been found to be comparable to corresponding Texas exams.


All tests must be taken as a requirement for state or national certification to be comparable to corresponding Texas exams.


Applicants who have completed tests from Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, and Oklahoma should review the Summary of Comparable Out-of State Tests to determine if they have met the comparable Texas passing score on selected tests.

For states listed above, a  Texas Comparability Test Score/Passing Verification Form (PDF, 91.85 KB) must be completed and submitted to the National Evaluation Systems as part of the Review of Credentials for authorized release of applicants' test scores.


Individuals who have taken comparable tests in the Praxis II series should contact Educational Testing Services (ETS) at (800) 772-9476 to have these scores mailed to TEA. The State Board for Educator Certification entity code is R8325, and this number must be supplied to ETS to get a score report mailed to TEA.


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Assessments
 (NBPTS) are accepted for certification testing requirements in Texas. The National Board Certified Teacher can request official verification of National Board Assessments be sent to TEA by contacting NBPTS at Customer Support (888) 780-7805 for the release of test scores to the Texas Education Agency.

Family and Consumer Science Tests

 

Summary of Comparable Out-Of-State Assessments

The table which follows contains tests which have been found to be “similar to and at least as rigorous as” Texas certification examinations. Individuals who are certified outside of the state of Texas who have met the comparable Texas passing standard, during the appropriate time frame, may obtain procedures for applying for Texas teacher certification on the SBEC web site. Additional information is provided concerning the use of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessments as well as assessments which have been identified as NOT “similar to and at least as rigorous as” the corresponding Texas certification exam(s).


In order to implement HB 1721, SBEC has identified states that have potentially comparable certification exams, designed and initiated a multi-phase test comparability study to determine the extent to which other states’ certification exams are “similar to and at least as rigorous as” the corresponding Texas exams, and set passing standards for tests which have thus far been found to be comparable to corresponding Texas exams. 

In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1721, which allows the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to issue a Texas teaching certificate to any candidate who holds a certificate in another state or country and who has passed (a) certification exam(s) “similar to and at least as rigorous as” the corresponding Texas certification exam(s). 

 

Arizona Comparable Tests
Test 
Number 
Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Number and Name Comparable Texas Passing Standard
02 English May 2001-present

Test 131-English Language Arts and Reading 8-12

261
03 Social Studies May 2001-present Test 132-Social Studies 8-12 265

05

History May 2001- present Test 133-History 8-12 255
07 Biology May 2001-present Test 138-Life Science 8-12 257
12 Library/Educational Media May 2001-present Test 150-School Librarian 262
22 Special Education-Cross Category  Oct. 2004-present Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR
163-Special Education Supplemental
268
22 Special Education-Cross Category May 2001- Oct. 2004 Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR
163-Special Education Supplemental
267
92 Professional Knowledge-Secondary  Oct. 2003-Aug. 2014 Test 130-PPR 8-12 242

 

Colorado Comparable Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Number and Name Comparable Texas Passing Standard
04 Mathematics Jan. 2000-present Test 135-Mathematics 8-12 239
04 Mathematics  Oct. 2003-present Test 135-Mathematics 8-12 237
05 Science  Oct. 2001-2003 Test 136-Science 8-12 216
05 Science  Oct. 2003-present Test 136-Science 8-12 223
06 Social Studies  Oct. 2001-Aug. 2003 Test 132-Social Studies 8-12 236
06 Social Studies  Oct. 2003-present Test 132-Social Studies 8-12 249
07 English  Oct. 1999-Aug. 2003 Test 131-English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 214
07 English  Oct. 2003-present Test 131-English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 230
17 English as a Second Language  Oct. 2004-present Test 154-English as a Second Language Supplemental 220
20 Special Education-Moderate Needs  Oct. 2004-present Test 163-Special Education Supplemental 229
41 School Counselor  Oct. 2001-May 2003 Test 152-School Counselor 225
41 School Counselor Sept. 2003-present Test 152-School Counselor 228
48 Superintendent  Oct. 1999-Fall 2005 Test 064-Superintendent 282
80 Principal  Oct. 1999-Aug. 2003 Test 068-Principal 247
80 Principal  Oct. 2003-present Test 068-Principal 253

 

Illinois Comparable Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable  Texas Passing Standard
38 Computer Science  Oct. 1, 1997-July 2006 Test 141-Computer Science 77
174 Technology Education July 1, 2004-present Test 171-Technology Education 240
144 Physical Education July 1, 2004-present Test 158-Physical Education 240

 

Massachusetts Comparable tests

Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable Texas Passing Standard
22 Physical Education April 1, 1998-present Test 158-Physical Education 70

 

Michigan Comparable Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable Texas Passing Standard
48 Library Media  Oct. 1, 1999-July 2002 Test 150-School Librarian 230
48 Library Media  Oct. 2002-present Test 150-School Librarian 220
50 Computer Science  Oct. 1, 2002-present Test 141-Computer Science 226
63 Learning Disabilities  Oct. 1997-present Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR Test 163-Special Education Supplemental 235
85 Middle Level  Oct. 1999-July 2003 Test 110-Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) 4-8 220
85 Middle Level  Oct. 2003-Aug. 2014 Test 110-PPR 4-8 220
86 English as a Second Language  Oct. 2004-present Test 154-English as a Second Language Supplemental 220
87 Industrial Technology  Oct. 1, 2003-present Test 171-Technology Education 220
88 Technology and Design  Oct. 1, 2000-present Test 171-Technology Education 227

 

New Mexico Comparable Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable Texas Passing Standard
04 Assessment of Teacher Competence-Secondary  Oct. 2003-Aug. 2014 Test 130-PPR 8-12 233
04 Assessment of Teacher Competence-Secondary May 1999-Aug. 2014 Test 110-PPR 4-8 249
15 Science  Feb. 2002-present Test 136-Science 8-12 253
16 Social Studies  Feb. 2002-present Test 132-Social Studies 8-12 258

 

Oklahoma Comparable Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable Texas Passing Standard
11 Advanced Mathematics Sept. 2001-present Test 135-Math 8-12 257
12 Physical Education  Oct. 1, 1999-July 2005 Test 158-Physical Education EC-12 247
13 Physical Science  Oct. 1999-present Test 137-Physical Science 8-12 266

17

18

US History/Economics

World History/Geography1.

Sept. 2001-present Test 132-Social Studies 8-12

266

263

24 Middle Level English  Oct. 1999-present Test 117-English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 242
38 Library-Media Specialist  Oct. 1999-present Test 150-School Librarian 258
39 School Counselor  Oct. 1999-present Test 152-School Counselor 258
43 Technology Education Sept. 1, 2003-present Test 171-Technology Education 240
44 Principal-Common Core2.  Oct. 1999-present Test 068-Principal 264
45 Principal-Elementary2.  Oct. 1999-present Test 068-Principal 271
46 Principal-Middle2.  Oct. 1999-present Test 068-Principal 257
47 Principal-Secondary2.  Oct. 1999-present Test 068-Principal 262
72 Professional Teacher Examination-Middle/Secondary  Oct. 2003-Aug. 2014 Test 130-PPR 8-12 255
76 Professional Teacher Examination 6-12  Oct. 2003-Aug. 2014 Test 130-PPR 8-12 240

1. Passing scores on both 17 and 18 are required in lieu of the 132 Social Studies test
 2
. Principals from Oklahoma must achieve the comparable Texas passing standard on the Common Core test 44 and on one of the level-specific tests (45, 46, or 47)

 

Praxis II and other Educational Testing Service (ETS) Administered Tests
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Tests Comparable Texas Passing Standard
0350 Special Education Jan. 1990-Sept. 2004 Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR Test 163-Special Education Supplemental 560
0091 Physical Education Jan. 1993-present Test 158 Physical Education EC-12 158
10060 Mathematics May 1993-June 2003 Test 135-Math 8-12 550
0061 Mathematics Sept. 2005-present Test 135-Math 8-12 Required by state
10310 Library Media Specialist Jan. 1990-present Test 150-School Librarian 620
10352 Special Education: Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disabilities Nov. 1995-present Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR Test 163-Special Education Supplemental 146
10435 General Science: Content Knowledge Sept. 2001-present Test 136-Science 8-12 154
10439

Middle School Science

 Oct. 1998-present Test 116-Science 4-8 151
20235 Biology: Content Knowledge Sept. 2001-present Test 138-Life Science 8-12 153
0245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge June 2009-present            Test 140-Chemistry 8-12 Required by state
20353 Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge Sept. 2001-Aug. 2012 Test 161-Special Education EC-12 Or Test 163 Special Education Supplemental 156
 0354/5354  Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications Sept. 2012-present Test 161-Special Education EC-12 Or Test 163 Special Education Supplemental 156
0361 English to Speakers of Other Languages Sept. 2010-present Test 154-English as a Second Language Supplemental Required by state
20420 School Guidance and Counseling Jan. 1991-present Test 152-School Counselor 620
30523 Principles of Learning & Teaching, Grades 5-9 Sept. 2002-Aug. 2012 Test 110-Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) 4-8 165
 0623/5623 Principles of Learning & Teaching, Grades 5-9 Sept. 2012-Aug. 2014 Test 110 Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) 4-8 165

1010

School Leaders Licensure Assessment Jan. 1997-present Test 068-Principal 164
  Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test: Junior/Intermediate Jan. 1999-Aug. 2014 Test 110-PPR 4-8 355
  Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test: Intermediate/Senior Jan. 1999-Aug. 2014 Test 130-PPR 8-12 355

 

National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Tests (NBPTS)
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Test Comparable Texas Passing Standard
 NBPTS  Any National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Assessment at the appropriate level Sept. 1994-present

 

Test 110-PPR 4-8, Test 130-PPR 8-12, Test 160-PPR EC-12, Test 170-PPR for Trades and Industrial Education 8-12

275
 NBPTS  Early and Middle Childhood Art Sept. 2000-present Test 178-Art EC-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art Sept. 1996-present Test 178-Art EC-12 275

 NBPTS 

Early through Middle Childhood Music Sept. 2001-present Test 177-Music EC-12 275

 NBPTS 

Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Music Sept. 2001-present Test 177-Music EC-12 275
 NBPTS  Early through Middle School Physical Education Sept. 2000-present Test 158-Physical Education EC-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Physical Education Sept. 2000-present Test 158-Physical Education EC-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Exceptional Needs Sept. 1999-present Test 161-Special Education EC-12 OR Test 163-Special Education Supplemental 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood English as a New Language Sept. 1998-present Test 154-English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental 275
 NBPTS  Early Childhood through Middle Childhood English as a New Language Sept. 1999-present Test 154-ESL Supplemental 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Health June 2002-present Test 157 Health EC-12 275
 NBPTS  Middle Childhood Generalist Sept. 1995-present Test 111-Generalist 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence Generalist Sept. 1995-present Test 111-Generalist 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence Mathematics Sept. 1998-present Test 115-Mathematics 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts  Oct. 2002-present Test 117-English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence English Language Arts Sept. 1994-present Test 117-English Language Arts and Reading 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Adolescence and Young Adulthood Social Studies-History Sept. 1998-present Test 132-Social Studies 8-12 275
 NBPTS    Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Sept. 1998-present Test 131-English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence Social Studies-History Sept. 1998-present Test 118-Social Studies 4-8

275

 NBPTS  Adolescence and Young Adulthood Mathematics Sept. 1996-present Test 135-Mathematics 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence Science Sept. 1998-present Test 116-Science 4-8 275
 NBPTS  Adolescence and Young Adulthood Science Sept. 1997-present Test 136-Science 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Library Media Sept. 2001-present Test 150-School Librarian 275

 NBPTS 

Early Childhood through Young Adulthood Counseling  Oct. 2002-present Test 152-School Counselor 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Agriculture and Environmental Sciences1. Sept. 1997-present Test 172-Agricultural Science and Technology 6-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Arts and Communications1. Sept. 1997-present Test 170-PPR for Trades and Industrial Education 8-12, Test 171-Technology Education 6-12, OR Test 156-Journalism 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Business, Marketing, Information Management, and Entrepreneurship1. Sept. 1997-present Test 176-Business Education 6-12 OR Test 175-Marketing Education 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Family and Consumer Science1. Sept. 1997-present Test 200-Family and Consumer Sciences Composite 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Health Services1. Sept. 1997-present Test 173-Health Science Technology Education 8-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Human Services1. Sept. 1997-present Test 170-PPR for Trades and Industrial Education 8-12 OR Test 202-Human Development and Family Studies 6-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Manufacturing and Engineering Technology1. Sept. 1997-present Test 170-PPR for Trades and Industrial Education 8-12 OR Test 171-Technology Education 6-12 275
 NBPTS  Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood/Career and Technical Education/Technology Education1. Sept. 1997-present Test 171 Technology Education 6-12 275

1. Candidates applying for certification in the Career and Technical Education certificate areas must select a specialty area when applying. The Career and Technical Education Standards will provide the best description of specialty areas practice

Educators who complete National Board for Professional Teaching Standards assessments possess valid teaching certificates and a minimum of three years of teaching experience. Therefore, committees of Texas educators and the SBEC Board have determined that passing scores on any NBPTS assessment may be used in lieu of Texas certification exams for individuals certified outside of the the state of Texas. Individuals who have passed NBPTS assessments will be exempt from both content and pedagogy Texas Assessments.

 

Family & Consumer Sciences Tests Developed by American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Test Number Test Name Date Test and Passing Standard Implemented and Discontinued Comparable Tests Comparable Texas Passing Standard
200 Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Composite May 2004-present This is the exam required as part of the Texas certificate in Family and Consumer Sciences 6-12 240
201 Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Services May 2004-present This is the exam required as part of the Texas certificate in Hospitality, Nutrition and Food Sciences 8-12 240
202 Human Development and Family Studies May 2004-present This is the exam required as part of the Texas certificate in Human Development and Family Studies 8-12 240

These National AAFCS examinations may be used to meet content testing requirements for FCS Texas teacher certification

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