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Overview of Tennessee Testing Requirements

  • Prior to initial licensure in Tennessee, applicants may be required to submit qualifying scores on the professional assessments required by Tennessee State Board of Education Policy 5.105: Professional Assessments for Tennessee Educators.
  • Those applying through an out-of-state pathway, and in-state applicants seeking an endorsement in Speech Communication 6–12 and/or Gifted Education Pre-K–12, may be required to submit qualifying scores on the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Praxis® test and the specialty area assessment(s) required for the endorsement area(s) sought, prior to initial licensure issuance.
  • Prior to entering an educator preparation program, educator candidates may be required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) tests to demonstrate their qualifications. The Core tests are not required for licensure.

Important Information

  • Tennessee requires a full and correct Social Security number (SSN) in order to receive score reports and process educator certification applications. ETS does not require SSNs for its own purposes but will submit it to Tennessee with assessment results. Failure to provide an SSN will delay processing of licensure applications.
  • If assessments are taken in Tennessee, score reports will be sent automatically to the Tennessee Department of Education. If assessments are taken outside of Tennessee, designate the Tennessee Department of Education (state code 8190) as a score recipient during registration for the assessment or when requesting an additional score report.
  • ETS discontinued paper-delivered testing; however, Praxis tests will continue to be available in a paper-delivered format as required for ADA accommodations. All scores for previously administered paper-delivered tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. To satisfy licensure requirements in Tennessee, scores must be no more than 5 years old and the assessment and the test code must be those currently required in Tennessee.
  • The state of Tennessee accepts the Algebra I (5162) Praxis assessment as one of the supplemental assessments that can be used to meet the Algebra I employment standard. Additional requirements for the Algebra I employment standard can be found on the Tennessee Department of Education's website.

Exemption from Testing

Candidates for licensure in the following areas are required to complete the appropriate specialty area assessments only and are not required to take the PLT assessment:

  • School Counselor PreK–12
  • School Psychologist PreK–12
  • School Social Worker PreK–12
  • Speech/Language Pathology PreK–12

For further information on assessment requirements, contact the Office of Educator Licensing and Preparation.

In Tennessee, you must take the assessments required for each area of licensure and endorsement sought. Tennessee does not accept other states' tests.

See also:

Tennessee Department of Education

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