E T S Praxis Series

Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (0521)

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Short Answer Questions

This section presents two short-answer questions and sample responses along with the standards used in scoring these responses. When you read these sample responses, keep in mind that they are less polished than if they had been developed at home, edited, and carefully presented. Examinees do not know what questions will be asked and must decide, on the spot, how to respond. Readers assign scores based on the following scoring guide.

General Scoring Guide

Score Description
2
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the aspects of the case that are relevant to the question
  • Responds appropriately to all parts of the question
  • If an explanation is required, provides a strong explanation that is well supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of pedagogical concepts, theories, facts, procedures, or methodologies relevant to the question
1
  • Demonstrates a basic understanding of the aspects of the case that are relevant to the question
  • Responds appropriately to one portion of the question
  • If an explanation is required, provides a weak explanation that is supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates some knowledge of pedagogical concepts, theories, facts, procedures, or methodologies relevant to the question
0
  • Demonstrates misunderstanding of the aspects of the case that are relevant to the question
  • Fails to respond appropriately to the question
  • Is not supported by relevant evidence
  • Demonstrates little knowledge of pedagogical concepts, theories, facts, procedures, or methodologies relevant to the question


No credit is given for a blank or off-topic response.