Tennessee Highly Qualified Status

"Highly Qualified" status refers to any public school teacher who is fully licensed to teach in the state and does not have any licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary or provisional basis and who has subject content knowledge verified for federal reporting purposes under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The following tests with qualifying scores can be used to verify subject content knowledge. For more information on "Highly Qualified" status and requirements, please refer to the "Highly Qualified" implementation plan of the Tennessee Department of Education.

Once you know your test(s), find out how to register for Praxis® tests and read the Praxis test retake policy.

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis tests (see Calculator Use).

If you test in Tennessee, your score report will be sent automatically to the Tennessee Department of Education. If you test outside of Tennessee, select the Tennessee Department of Education (state code 8190) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Early Childhood Education

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Early Childhood Education PreK–3 and Early Development and Learning PreK–K (All Subjects) Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 163
Reading Only
PreK–3
Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 162

Elementary Education

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Elementary Education: All Subjects K–6 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge(On-screen scientific calculator provided.) 5018 163
or
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 5017 153
Reading Only K–6 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 162

Middle School Education

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Middle Grades Education: All Subjects 7–8 Middle School: Content Knowledge(Calculator allowed.) 5146 150
Middle Grades Education: English/Language Arts Only 7–8 Middle School English Language Arts 5047 164
Middle Grades Education: Mathematics Only 7–8 Middle School Mathematics (On-screen calculator provided.) 5169 165
Middle Grades Education: Reading Only 7–8 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education 5203 162
Middle Grades Education: Science Only 7–8 Middle School Science 5440 150
Middle Grades Education: Social Studies Only 7–8 Middle School: Social Studies 5089 140

Secondary Education

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Biology 7–12 Biology: Content Knowledge 5235 148
Chemistry 7–12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 152
Earth Science 7–12 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge 5571 146
Economics 7–12 Economics 5911 150
English 7–12 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 5038 167
Geography 7–12 Geography 5921 149
Government 7–12 Government/Political Science 5931 149
History 7–12 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 5941 136
Mathematics 7–12 Mathematics: Content Knowledge (On-screen graphing calculator provided.) 5161 160
Physical Science 7–12 Chemistry: Content Knowledge 5245 152
or
Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 144
Physics 7–12 Physics: Content Knowledge 5265 144

All Grades

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
Art K–12 Art: Content and Analysis 5135 157
Chinese 7–12 and Chinese PreK–12 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665 164
French 7–12 and French PreK–12 French: World Language 5174 156
German 7–12 and German PreK–12 German: World Language 5183 157
Latin 7–12 and Latin PreK–12 Latin 5601 141
Music K–12 Music: Content and Instruction 5114 162
Spanish 7–12 and Spanish PreK–12 Spanish: World Language 5195 163

English as a Second Language

To Be Highly Qualified in You Need to Take Test Code Qualifying Score
English as a Second Language PreK–12 English to Speakers of Other Languages 5361 143

This page is a supplement to The Praxis Series® Information Bulletin.

 

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