As you know, the state is changing the Principal TExES Exam. This will not be an update to the test as it has been in the past. It will be a total new “redesign.”
The test protocol is at least 75% different. There will still be the typical decision sets that we are masters at addressing.
That is where the resemblance ends. The rest of the test is going to include DISCUSSION QUESTIONS as well as VIDEOS for the students to respond to. I have attended every meeting the state has had on this, regardless of location, hoping they would eventually provide something a little more firm to describe these portions. The most recent word is the test will roll out in Dec, 2018.
Students are scared to death so they are pushing HARD to pass the existing test before September. Professors are WAY past concerned. I am getting regular contacts from professors and students as to what I, alone, am going to do about this. It’s Like they are dependent on me to save them from the new big, bad, expensive test.
Outline of Changes:
I have the new standards and can begin writing to address them. They are in-stone and have been released. There is nothing that new in them, but everything is moved around considerably. There is nothing I am not confident about handling.
I can, between now and May, do the preliminary writing of the facts we know. In May they are supposed to release the last of what they are going to release towards the test protocol. I will already have developed the Decision - Making Process Template as well as the Writing Template and Tips for Writers since so many of the responses are going to be written. Then I can spend the early part of the summer using the last from the State for Part II and polishing it up.