The Praxis Connection
May 2013

 



New Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

The Praxis™ program is pleased to announce the new Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. These new tests are aligned to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and will be administered for the first time in the fall of 2013. These tests will replace the Praxis I® Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST®) in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

These new Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are more rigorous and measure critical thinking and academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These new tests will provide states and agencies with a better indicator of whether the candidate is qualified by delivering tests that measure 21st-century skills. Key changes include:

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading — contains a wider variety of text types, with an emphasis on informational text that reflects the intent of the CCSS. The test will also include sets of questions that require the integration and analysis of multiple documents, as well as some alternate response types (e.g., select in passage), to enhance the authenticity of the tasks.
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing — reflects the importance of both argumentative writing and informative/explanatory writing, and will contain two writing tasks for each writing type. In addition, multiple-choice questions will be added to address the importance of research strategies and assess strategies for revising and improving text.
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics — new response formats will include numeric entry that will allow the student's means of responding to better match the skill that is being assessed. Test takers will have access to an on-screen calculator to help ensure that questions are testing mathematical reasoning by reducing the chance that a candidate's wrong response comes from a simple arithmetic error.

For more information regarding the new Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests, email us at praxisclientrelations@ets.org.


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