After an extensive review by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) research staff and external psychometric experts, Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (or Praxis® Core) tests have been approved as a measure of academic proficiency for teacher candidates. With this recognition, Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) can now include aggregate averages of students' Praxis Core results as part of the evidence they present to CAEP on the academic achievement of their admitted cohorts of teacher candidates.
In many states, Praxis Core tests are a component of the teacher licensure process. For EPPs and the students they serve, Praxis Core test results can inform the admission process by:
- providing individuals who achieved SAT® and ACT® scores too low for admission to an EPP a second chance to demonstrate that they have improved their literacy and numeracy skills during their first two years of college
- contributing to an EPP's ability to comply with CAEP's Standard 3, Component 3.2, which addresses the academic achievement of a cohort admitted to an EPP
Launched in 2013, Praxis Core tests were developed with input from EPP program faculty to measure the reading, writing and mathematics skills most relevant to success in an EPP and in the profession. Recognition by CAEP underscores the value of Praxis Core both for admission into an EPP and for the teacher certification process.
Visit caepnet.org to learn more about CAEP's assessment acceptance process.