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High Threat Risk Training for School Personnel Scheduled July 27

(Waco, Texas)--Although school is out for the summer, school safety remains a top concern for area school leaders and educators. Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 will provide training to prepare educators on the prevention and intervention of high threat situations and to learn about resources that support Governor Abbott’s School & Firearm Safety Action Plan. This session is a repeat of one offered in March where 140 educators and first responders were in attendance. The Waco Police Department’s SWAT Sergeant D.J. Adams will also visit with the audience about school safety. 

“The professionals who serve schools in an educational capacity and in a law enforcement capacity are working hand-in-hand to develop awareness, assess current plans, and pursue action steps for prevention and intervention,” Counselor Specialist Jeni Janek said. “It is in these partnerships and sharing of resources that we can help keep our campuses more safe.” 

Janek has participated in several safety discussions and initiatives, both at the local and state level and leads the Region 12 Crisis Response Team, which includes crisis response counselors and serves 12 area counties.

Following the High Threat Risk training, a luncheon will be held for participants and area superintendents at ESC Region 12. State Representative Doc Anderson’s office coordinated the event with State Representative Kyle Kacal and Senator Brian Birdwell’s offices and Education Service Center Region 12. Also expected to attend will be representatives and Executive Directors from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas School Safety Center, and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Invited guests will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with state school safety leaders. 


Upcoming Free Threat Management Training | August 6
A free threat management seminar by Sigma Threat Management will also be offered August 6 at Baylor University’s Cashion Academic Building. This full-day session with lunch is free, thanks to Target Restoration Services and Baylor University. Event partners are ESC Region 12, Waco Police Department and Waco Police Academy. Online registration is available >

Important: Educator Certification Examination Retake Limit Change and Test Change Information

Education Code §21.048 limits candidates to four attempts to retake any educator certification examination. This means that candidates are limited to a total of five attempts to pass a certification examination. The five attempts include the first attempt to pass the examination and four retakes. A subsection of the law, which currently counts all attempts of the same examination taken before September 1, 2015 as only one attempt, is set to expire. Beginning September 1, 2018, all attempts of the same examination will count toward the five-attempt testing limit regardless of when the examination was first attempted.


 Candidates who did not test before 09/01/2015 are not impacted by the change. All attempts have always been included in the attempt count for these candidates. Please see the example represented in the chart below.


principal certification test attempt chart


Given the evolving role of the principal as an instructional leader and the needs of Texas schools and communities, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopted new principal standards in 2016. Informed by the expertise of practicing principals, principal preparation program faculty, and other educators and aligned with the Texas Principal Evaluation and Support System (T-PESS), the new standards emphasize the critical role of the school principal with an increased emphasis on instructional leadership.


With the implementation of the new standards, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) began working with principal preparation program faculty and practicing principals to develop a new test framework and new test instruments to certify Texas principals. Future candidates will need to pass the new TExES Principal (268) and complete the Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL) to obtain a standard principal certification starting on 9/1/2019.


How does this impact the current TExES Principal (068) test?

The TExES Principal (068) test will be available to first-time test takers through 12/31/2018 and for re-testers through 8/31/2019. To remain eligible to take the current 068 principal exam, anyone in a PPCP cohort before the 2018-2019 class should request test permission and complete the exam before December 2018. If you do not test before December 2018, previous coursework will not have prepared you for the new 268 exam and test approval will NOT be given as content and competencies have changed. If you have questions, please contact Deena Cornblum - 254-297-1126. 

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