The Praxis Series

Summer 2011 Newsletter

Getting Ready for the 2011–12
Testing Year

Look for information about the upcoming 2011–2012 testing year on the Praxis™ website in late July.

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What's in a Code?

Test codes are changing to make it easier to differentiate between paper-delivered and computer-delivered test versions.

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Important Note for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)

The SLLA assessment will be transitioning to computer delivery beginning in January 2012.

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New Test Preparation

ETS announces the Middle School English Language Arts Interactive Practice Test.

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The Praxis Client Conference

Clients met with the Praxis team for three days at this year’s conference to discuss program updates and innovations in the field.

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Research

We have recently published two research reports: "Toward Increasing Teacher Diversity" and "Teacher Leader Model Standards."

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Getting Ready for the 2011–12 Testing Year

Look to the Praxis™ website in late July for information about the upcoming 2011–2012 testing year, including updated state requirements, registration and test preparation.

Clients and candidates can expect more from their Praxis™ program this testing year, including:

Computer-Delivered Tests

More than 30 tests will be added to the Praxis computer-delivered offerings in 2011–12, making it possible for 80 percent of Praxis test takers to have computer delivery of their licensure examinations.

TEST TITLE TEST CODE
*Tests offered in both computer-delivered and paper-delivered formats
Available in July 2011
Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education 5306*
Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist 5304*
Available in November 2011
Middle School: Multiple Subjects 5141
Middle School: English Language Arts Subtest 5142
Middle School: Mathematics Subtest 5143
Middle School: Social Studies Subtest 5144
Middle School: Science Subtest 5145
Middle School English Language Arts 5049*
Middle School Social Studies 5089*
Middle School: Content Knowledge 5146*
Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications 5015
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications 5354*
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications 5543*
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications 5545*
Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary 5201*
Teaching Reading 5204*
Available in December 2011
Education of Young Children 5021*
Early Childhood: Content Knowledge 5022*
Pre-Kindergarten Education 5531*
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 5023*
Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects 5031
Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts Subtest 5032
Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest 5033
Elementary Education: Social Studies Subtest 5034
Elementary Education: Science Subtest 5035
Available in January 2012
School Leaders Licensure Assessment 6011*
Kentucky Specialty Test of Instructional and Administrative Practices 6015*
Available in April 2012
Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment 5152
Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts 5156
Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies 5157
Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics 5158
Pennsylvania Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Science 5159
Available in May–July 2012
Chinese (Mandarin): World Language 5665
Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge 5087*
English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content and Analysis 5044*
English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge 5041*
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge 5511*
Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5856*
Health Education 5550*
Mathematics: Content Knowledge 5061*
Physical Education: Content and Design 5095*
Physical Education: Content Knowledge 5091*
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621*
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 5622*
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 5623*
Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 5624*
Social Studies: Content Knowledge 5081*
Social Studies: Content and Interpretation 5086*

Additional Centers

In addition to Prometric® Test Centers, candidates choosing computer-delivered tests will have an expanded network of campus-based test centers available to them. A total of 440 computerized test centers are in the network and additional sites are being established to meet candidates' needs.

Enhanced Registration System

Enhancements to the Praxis Registration System will be introduced this fall, making it possible for candidates to register for paper and/or computer tests at the center of their choice and to view real-time seat availability for the date and time of their choice.

Regenerated Tests

The Praxis program will bring 15 regenerated tests to test takers for the 2011–12 testing year. Ongoing test regeneration is important to maintain currency and quality of the Praxis tests. As part of the test regeneration, three test titles will move to the Praxis Score Scale and the remainder of the regenerated tests will require the establishment of new passing scores. For the full list of regenerated tests read the New Praxis Test Offerings for 2011–12 article in the April newsletter.

Praxis Client Relations Directors will continue to work directly with Praxis state and agency users to assure that their programs are ready to begin the 2011–12 testing year.

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What's in a Code?

As Praxis titles are transitioned to computer delivery, we will be updating the codes so that the computer-delivered test codes begin with a five (Praxis titles) or six (SLS titles) and paper versions begin with zero or one. An example of this is the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test. For paper delivery, the test code is 0014 while the computer-delivered version is 5014.

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Important Note for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)

The SLLA assessment will be transitioning to computer delivery beginning in January 2012. With this transition, the test will no longer be offered in paper-delivered administrations. The last paper-delivered administration of the SLLA will be September 17, 2011. For the remainder of the 2011–12 testing year, the test will be offered on four-day testing windows in the months of January, April and July.

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New Test Preparation

ETS has launched the Middle School English Language Arts Interactive Practice Test. This innovative practice test allows candidates to simulate a testing experience with a fully interactive, retired practice test for the Middle School English Language Arts test (code 0049).

Features of the interactive practice test include:

The new interactive test is available in the ETS store for $17.95 and is available as a 90-day subscription from the first launch of the practice test.

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The Praxis Client Conference

This year's Praxis Client Conference was held May 2–5 at the Chauncey Conference Center on the ETS campus in Princeton. Welcoming 50 clients from 34 states and territories was Walt MacDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Linda Tyler, Vice President.

Highlighting the agenda were keynote speakers Dr. Stephen Sireci from the University of Massachusetts and Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Delaware State Secretary of Education. Conferees also visited ETS's Ewing campus to learn how test center administrators and call center personnel are trained.

During the event, Praxis program officials discussed program updates including the computer-delivered rollout plan, innovative measures in testing to improve content knowledge for teaching, and updates on the professional licensure project. Clients can contact their Client Relations Director for more information about any of the topics and information presented at the event.

The 2012 Praxis Client Conference will be held the first week of May. Stay tuned for more information.

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Research

Toward Increasing Teacher Diversity: Targeting Support and Intervention for Teacher Licensure Candidates

National Education Association (NEA) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have been working collaboratively to support teacher candidates in preparing for The Praxis Series of teacher licensure assessments. NEA and ETS wanted to better understand why and how minority candidates struggle with teacher licensure assessments in order to improve interventions that could help address the problem. The report summarizes the results of the data analysis and interviews to provide insight and direction to intervention, describes some model intervention programs that have been developed to assist students, and offers commitments and recommendations for the future.
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Teacher Leader Model Standards

After two years of research and collaboration, the 39-member Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium released the Teacher Leader Model Standards. The Standards are designed to stimulate dialogue among stakeholders of the teaching profession about what knowledge, skills and competencies teachers need in order to assume leadership roles in their schools, districts and profession, and how teacher leadership can be distinguished from, but work in tandem with, formal administrative leadership roles to support good teaching and promote student learning.
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