Bill would limit number of times teachers fail exams

AUSTIN (KXAN) — In Texas, teachers and principals must pass certain tests for certification to make sure they’re qualified to be in your child’s classroom.

Last month, KXAN revealed that some educators fail over and over but still keep their jobs. Since our report, Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, has filed a bill to limit the number of times they can take a test to five.

“We want to see that we get the absolute best quality people in the classroom,” said Seliger. “The number of times people have to take a test to pass it, I think reveals that quality.”

Seliger says teacher groups have told him they are opposed to any limits. Keep in mind, educators are commonly allowed to work in schools even while they are taking these exams. It is called “probationary certification.” Teachers and principals can fail the exams and still be able to work for up to three years.

The bill is expected before the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, and Seliger says he believes it has a good chance of passing.

Data: Districts with teachers who failed exams multiple times

School district Students Educators on
Probationary Certifications
Educators who failed
more than 5 times
Austin ISD 77305 249 77
Round Rock 47328 62 24
Leander 35443 46 12
Pflugerville 23656 48 27
Hays Consolidated 17808 37 14
Del Valle 11532 10 13
Georgetown 10472 4 7
Manor 8807 13 22
Lake Travis 8773 23 5
Eanes 7993 1 3
San Marcos Consolidated 7718 17 9
Hutto 5993 12 5
Dripping Springs 5419 9 3

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You can check to see if your child’s teachers and administrators are fully certified using the State Board for Educator Certification’s website here.

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