Texas State Board for Educator Certification:
An Inventory of State Board for Educator Certification Records at the Texas State Archives, 1996-1998
The Texas State Board for Educator Certification was created in 1995 (Senate Bill 1, 74th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to regulate the preparation, certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators in Texas, functions that previously had been the responsibility of the Texas Education Agency, overseen by the Texas State Board of Education. The certification board provides guidance in program development, approval, and implementation to entities preparing educators for certification in Texas, including (as of February 2007) 70 universities, 16 community colleges, 30 alternative teacher certification programs, and 11 alternative administrator certification programs. The certification board manages the development and administration of the examinations of five testing programs. It monitors the quality of educator preparation at university and alternative certification programs through the Accountability System for Educator Preparation (ASEP). The certification board issues educator credentials. And it ensures that Texas educators meet the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior, by enforcement of disciplinary rules and the Educators' Code of Ethics, and investigation of allegations of educator misconduct.
The Texas State Board for Educator Certification was originally composed of 15 members (14 members since 2003). Twelve of these (eleven since 2003) are voting members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the State Senate for overlapping six-year terms, and include the following: four teachers employed in public schools, two public school administrators, one public school counselor, and five public members (four since 2003) not employed either by a public school district, or by an educator preparation program in an institution of higher education (two of the five/one of the four never so employed). The other three members are nonvoting members, and include the following: a dean of a Texas college of education appointed by the governor; an employee of the Texas Education Agency appointed by the commissioner of education; and an employee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board appointed by the commissioner of higher education. The only change to the composition of the board was in 2003 (Senate Bill 287, 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session), when the number of public members was reduced to four, making for 11 voting members (an odd number, to avoid tie votes) and 14 members in all. The board selects a presiding officer for a two-year term.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the agency web site (http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/about/agencywork.asp) (accessed February 2007); V.T.C.A., Education Code, Section 21.033; and the enabling legislation, 1995 and 2003.)
The Texas State Board for Educator Certification regulates the preparation, certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators in Texas, functions that are documented by these records. These records include minutes, agenda, agenda packets (containing supporting documentation), and press releases of the State Board for Educator Certification, dating 1996-1998. Beginning with the August 1997 meeting, thick agenda packets incorporate the supporting documentation collected for each meeting, including the executive director's updates, budgets, frameworks for examinations for certification, requests for pilot programs, program approval reports, new and amended rules and regulations, etc. Each discussion item typically includes a summary, the statutory authority, previous board action, background and significant issues, fiscal impact, a benefit statement, procedural and reporting implications, and public comments. The press releases number three, all issued in 1997.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas State Board for Educator Certification records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 1998/050, 2004/210, 2006/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Board for Educator Certification on December 11, 1997; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on July 20, 2004; and January 26, 2006.
Tony Black, December 1997, January 2007
The Texas State Board of Educator Certification posts its board minutes and agenda (in ASP format for the agenda, with links in PDF format for minutes) on the agency web site (http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/brdinfo/regmeet.asp). It similarly posts its committee agenda (in ASP format) at (http://www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/brdinfo/commeet.asp).
The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification.
Detailed Description of the Records