Multistate Standard-Setting Studies

The ETS Multistate Standard-Setting Study process assists states when new and regenerated tests require new passing scores. This approach, designed by ETS researchers, convenes practitioner panels to recommend a passing score for states to consider. The panels simulate a test-taking experience prior to recommending a passing score. The panels also confirm that the content is important and relevant to entry-level practice. Multistate Standard-Setting Studies:

  • Reduce the state burden of recruiting educators
  • Gain greater educator input into the passing score recommendation — up to 50 educators
  • Provide a more efficient process for moving states from old to new tests
  • Allow for multiple rounds of panel judgments, feedback and discussion
  • Add support for states seeking greater interstate portability

Each state maintains valuable control by setting its own passing score, while the Multistate Standard-Setting Study provides practitioner judgments and documentation to inform that decision. Select a licensure area below to see the results of the Multistate Standard-Setting Studies.

For more information about the Multistate Standard-Setting Studies, email us at teachingandlearning@ets.org or call 1-866-243-4088.

Core Academic Skills for Educators

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading (5712) February 2013 February 2013 156 Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing (5722) February 2013 February 2013 162 Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
Core Academic Skills for Educators Mathematics (5732) February 2013 February 2013 150 Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin

Early Childhood Education

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Education of Young Children (5024) February 2014 February 2014 160 Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming

Elementary Education

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) January 2014 February 2014 163 Delaware, Guam, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, South Dakota
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (5017) January 2014 February 2014 153 Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wyoming
Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5015) August 2010 September 2010 161 Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019) January 2014 February 2014 155 Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wyoming
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) July 2011 August 2011 Reading & Language Arts (5032)–165
Mathematics (5033)–164
Social Studies (5034)–155
Science (5035)–159
Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031) February 2014 February 2014 Reading & Language Arts (5032)–157
Mathematics (5033)–157
Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming

Middle School Education

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Middle School English Language Arts (5047) March 2013 March 2013 164 Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming
Middle School Mathematics (5169) February 2013 February 2013 165 Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming
Middle School Science (5440) February 2014 February 2014 150 Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia

Secondary Education

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Agriculture (5701) October 2013 November 2013 147 Arkansas, Delaware, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101) September 2009 October 2009 154 Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Economics (5911) September 2011 October 2011 150 Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) March 2013 March 2013 167 Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
English Language Arts: Content and Analysis (5039) March 2013 March 2013 168 Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content and Analysis (5044) October 2010 October 2010 166 Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) October 2013 October 2013 153 Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Government/
Political Science (5931)
October 2011 October 2011 149 Maryland, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Journalism (5223) January 2013 February 2013 150 Kansas, Nevada, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Psychology (5931) June 2012 June 2012 154 North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (5086) July 2010 August 2010 153 Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
Technology Education (5051) September 2010 October 2010 159 Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Principles of Learning and Teaching

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood (5621) February 2011 March 2011 157 Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, D.C.
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 (5622) February 2011 March 2011 160 Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 (5623) January 2011 March 2011 160 Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C.
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 (5624) January 2011 March 2011 157 Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia

All Grades

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Art: Content Knowledge (5134) November 2010 November 2010 158 Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
Art: Content and Analysis (5135) November 2010 November 2010 161 Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
Environmental Education (5831) November 2011 December 2011 156 Guam, Louisiana, Maryland, Utah
Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5857) November 2013 December 2013 160 Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) February 2013 March 2013 160 Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming
Music: Content and Instruction (5114) November 2011 November 2011 162 Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont
Music: Content Knowledge (5113) November 2011 November 2011 161 Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont
Physical Education: Content and Design (5095) June 2010 July 2010 169 Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Wyoming
Reading Specialist (5301) August 2011 September 2011 164 Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia
Sociology (5952) December 2013 December 2013 154 Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Teaching Reading (5203) November 2012 December 2012 162 Arkansas Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Tennessee, Washington, D.C.
Teaching Reading (5204) October 2009 December 2009 159 Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Wyoming

World Languages

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language (5665) April 2012 May 2012 164 Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia
French: World Language (5174) July 2009
August 2009
October 2009 162 Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
German: World Language (5183) July 2009
August 2009
October 2009 163 Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Spanish: World Language (5195) July 2009
August 2009
October 2009 168 Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin
World Languages Pedagogy (5841) September 2009 October 2009 158 Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, D.C.

Special Education

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Gifted Education (5358) November 2013 November 2013 157 Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, North Dakota, Tennessee
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (5354) January 2010 February 2010 151 Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (5543) February 2010 March 2010 158 Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications (5545) February 2010 March 2010 158 Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., West Virginia
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) October 2011 November 2011 160 Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., West Virginia
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) September 2011 October 2011 159 Delaware, Guam, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders and Emotional Disturbances (5372) July 2012 July 2012 154 North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia
Special Education: Teaching Students with Intellectual Disabilities (5322) October 2013 October 2013 156 District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (5383) February 2012 March 2012 151 District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) December 2011 December 2011 163 Arkansas, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia

Administrator/School Leader

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6011) April 2009
May 2009
June 2009 163 Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, D.C., Wyoming
School Superintendent Assessment (6021) May 2012 June 2012 160 Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island

Instructional Support Personnel

New Test Title (Test Code) Study Date Report Date Recommended Study Value States Involved in Study
Professional School Counselor (5421) March 2012 April 2012 156 Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia
School Psychologist (5402) November 2013 November 2013 147 Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont
Speech-Language Pathology (5331) January 2014 February 2014 162 Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin

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