The Praxis Series™

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Program Update

Read important information regarding computer-delivered tests and important schedule information.

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Spring PraxisWebinar Schedule

The Praxis™ program will be hosting six in-depth webinars between January and June.

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Online Training and Assessment System for Classroom Observers

Read more about the new Framework for Teaching Proficiency System online observer training and assessment.

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The Praxis Client Conference

Save the date for this year's Praxis Client Conference to be held April 30–May 3.

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ETS Publications

Read the two recent ETS publications, R&D Connections and Innovations.

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Program Update

Happy New Year from the Praxis team!

As the New Year rolls out, the Praxis program will continue to enhance your teacher licensure program with

New Registration System

Following the introduction of the new Praxis/SLS registration system on November 7, 2011, over 8,900 candidates registered within the first week and 23,692 candidates registered by the end of November. A grand total of 42,376 candidates registered in November and December. Also since the registration launch, 25,783 tests were successfully delivered on computer.

The new registration system provides a single point for candidates to access to register for both paper- and computer-delivered tests, and allows candidates to reschedule and/or cancel a test from one convenient location. The candidate also can search for a test by zip code or by state of certification, and view real-time seat availability for both paper- and computer-delivered test appointments.

Continued rollout of tests on computer

The Praxis program continues to provide candidates with computer-delivered testing, and by the fall of 2012, more than 60 test titles will be available on computer. Candidates will be able to take most of these tests either by computer or paper in either the seven months of computer testing windows or in the five paper administrations. By the end of the 2012–13 testing year, more than 90 titles will be offered on computer, expanding the opportunities students have to take these assessments.

See below the list of tests rolling out on computer through the remainder of the 2011–12 and 2012–13 testing years.

Computer-Delivered Test Rollout Schedule

5032 Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts Subtest February 1, 2012
5033 Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest February 1, 2012
5034 Elementary Education: Social Studies Subtest February 1, 2012
5035 Elementary Education: Science Subtest February 1, 2012
5152 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment April 2, 2012
5156 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts April 2, 2012
5157 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies April 2, 2012
5158 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics April 2, 2012
5159 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science April 2, 2012
5041 English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5087 Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5091 Physical Education: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5856 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge May 8, 2012
5044 English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content and Analysis June 27, 2012
5061 Mathematics: Content Knowledge June 27, 2012
5086 Social Studies: Content and Interpretation June 27, 2012
5095 Physical Education: Content and Design June 27, 2012
5153 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Pedagogy June 27, 2012
5154 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: English Language Arts and Social Studies June 27, 2012
5155 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science June 27, 2012
5550 Health Education June 27, 2012
5621 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood July 10, 2012
5622 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6 July 10, 2012
5623 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9 July 10, 2012
5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12 July 10, 2012
5665 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language July 25, 2012
5069 Middle School Mathematics September 2012
5235 Biology: Content Knowledge September 2012
5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge September 2012
5265 Physics: Content Knowledge September 2012
5301 Reading Specialist September 2012
5435 General Science: Content Knowledge September 2012
5439 Middle School Science September 2012
5571 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge September 2012
5101 Business Education: Content Knowledge December 2012
5121 Family and Consumer Sciences December 2012
5330 Speech-Language Pathology December 2012
5341 Audiology December 2012
5411 Education Leadership: Administration and Supervision December 2012
5941 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge December 2012
6021 School Superintendent Assessment December 2012
5113 Music: Content Knowledge February 2013
5114 Music: Content and Instruction February 2013
5134 Art: Content Knowledge February 2013
5135 Art: Content and Analysis February 2013
5311 Library Media Specialist February 2013
5361 English to Speakers of Other Languages February 2013
5401 School Psychologist February 2013
5421 Professional School Counselor February 2013
5051 Technology Education May 2013
5221 Speech Communication: Content Knowledge May 2013
5272 Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students May 2013
5282 Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments May 2013
5561 Marketing Education May 2013
5691 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood May 2013

 

Regenerated Tests launching in 2012–13

The new year begins with the continuation of National Advisory Committee meetings (NAC), regeneration of test titles and Multistate Standard Setting Studies (MSSS) to keep the test content fresh, relevant and current with changing requirements for prospective teachers.

Since the start of the 2011–12 testing year, the Praxis program has delivered 15 newly regenerated tests and 2012 National Advisory Committee (NAC) meetings are underway. Six NAC meetings have been scheduled to begin regeneration work, and four NAC 2 meetings have been scheduled where the specifications for regenerated tests will be defined. Below are the list of tests that will be regenerated in the 2012–13 testing year.

In addition to the NAC meetings, the Praxis program conducted 13 Multistate Standard Setting Studies (MSSS) in 2011, and will continue with additional MSSS's in 2012. To find the dates of the NAC meetings, MSSS and test administrations, please see the Schedule at a Glance.

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Spring Praxis Webinar Schedule

The Praxis program has published the 2012 Spring Praxis I® and Praxis II® webinar schedule. These free webinars deliver in-depth information about the tests and offer teacher candidates the opportunity to interact and ask questions. Webinar attendees are also presented with a plan to help guide their preparation for the Praxis tests.

Praxis I Webinar Dates

Praxis II Webinar Dates

Registration opens approximately one week in advance of the webinar date. To register, visit www.ets.org/praxis/webinars.

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Online Training and Assessment System for Classroom Observers

In November 2011, Teachscape, in partnership with ETS and Charlotte Danielson, launched the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, a complete online solution for observer training and assessment. The System was born out of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, which is dedicated to improving the quality of information about teacher effectiveness available to education professionals. It enables districts and states to promote high-quality observations by implementing rigorous training for all observers and developing the skills and expertise of observers so they can make better judgments of teaching practice.

The Framework for Teaching Proficiency System includes three video-rich components integrated into a single system:

  1. Observer Training: 11 online professional development modules designed for flexible use as self-guided learning or as part of facilitated learning groups.
  2. Scoring Practice: prepares observers for real-world classroom observations by allowing them to practice their observation skills using master-scored authentic classroom videos.
  3. Proficiency Test: a rigorous next-generation assessment that uses innovative video-based items to assess the ability of observers to accurately evaluate teaching practice using Danielson's Framework for Teaching (2011 Revised Edition).

At the core of the system are over 100 master-scored authentic classroom videos from all grade levels and core subjects, showing teaching practices aligned with the Framework for Teaching (2011 Revised Edition) at all performance levels from level 1 (Unsatisfactory) to level 4 (Distinguished). Each master scorer involved in developing the system has over 25 years of education experience as well as prior experience scoring assessments of teaching practice, such as the Praxis III® test. The pool of master scorers included educators from eight states across the country to ensure geographic diversity.

The Framework for Teaching Proficiency System was recently a finalist in the 2011 EdTech Digest Awards Cool Tool category. Within 30 days of its launch, the system was already being used in over 135 school districts in more than six states. For more information, visit the Teachscape website or contact your Client Relations Director.

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The Praxis Client Conference

This year's Praxis Client Conference will be held April 30–May 3, 2012 at the Chauncey Conference Center located on the ETS campus in Princeton, NJ. We look forward to sharing how we continue to expand services to meet your state's specific needs while making innovative advancements in test design. We can't wait to show you our plans for the next generation of The Praxis Series assessments, their alignment with Common Core Standards and what our progress on professional licensure means for teaching quality. You will also have the opportunity to have small group conversations with ETS officers where you can discuss your state's issues and concerns. Don't miss this opportunity to join thought leaders from across the country as we move forward in this very exciting yet challenging time for education. Materials will be distributed in advance so you may prepare questions and comments.

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ETS Publications

In the 17th edition of the R&D Connections Series, the multistate standard-setting approach is discussed, and the design features and benefits that distinguish the multistate standard-setting approach from the more traditional state-by-state approach for setting standards on Praxis tests are outlined.

Read the most recent edition of ETS's Innovations magazine with the theme Narrowing Gaps Around the World. Innovations provides information on educational assessment for educators, school leaders, researchers and policymakers around the world.

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