The Praxis Series™

Spring 2012 Newsletter

Continued Rollout of Computer-Delivered Tests

See the updated list of computer-delivered tests.

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New Praxis™ Test Offerings for 2012–13

See the list of regenerated assessments for the upcoming testing year.

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Multistate Standard Setting Studies and National Advisory Committees

See the upcoming dates for the multistate standard setting studies and national advisory committees.

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ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis Series™ Tests Online Tutorial

This new online tutorial helps institutions of higher education analyze Praxis data.

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Piloting of Innovative Item Types

Piloting starts to assess knowledge and skills that go beyond what can be assessed using standard single-selection multiple-choice questions.

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The Praxis Client Conference

This year's Praxis Client Conference will be held April 30–May 3 at the Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, N.J.

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Continued Rollout of Computer-Delivered Tests

The Praxis program continues to provide candidates with computer-delivered testing, and by August 2012, 46 test titles will be available on computer, including three multi-subject tests that comprise an additional 11 subtests. During the 2012–13 testing year, an additional 18 test titles will be moving to computer. See below for test titles.

Computer-Delivered Tests available by August 2012

Test Code Test Title
5087 Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge
5022 Early Childhood: Content Knowledge
5021 Education of Young Children
5014 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge
5011 Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
5015 Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications
5031 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
5032 Elementary Education: Reading and Language Arts Subtest
5033 Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest
5034 Elementary Education: Social Studies Subtest
5035 Elementary Education: Science Subtest
5044 English Language, Literature & Composition: Content and Analysis
5041 English Language, Literature & Composition: Content Knowledge
5174 French: World Language
5511 Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge
5183 German: World Language
5550 Health Education
5856 Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge
5023 Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
6015 Kentucky Specialty Test of Instructional and Administrative Practices
5061 Mathematics: Content Knowledge
5049 Middle School English Language Arts
5089 Middle School Social Studies
5141 Middle School: Multiple Subjects
5142 Middle School: English Language Arts Subtest
5143 Middle School: Mathematics Subtest
5144 Middle School: Social Studies Subtest
5145 Middle School: Science Subtest
5146 Middle School: Content Knowledge
5152 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment
5153 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Pedagogy
5154 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: English Language Arts and Social Studies
5155 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science
5156 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts
5157 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies
5158 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics
5159 Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science
5091 Physical Education: Content Knowledge
5531 Pre-Kindergarten Education
5710 Pre-Professional Skill Test: Reading
5720 Pre-Professional Skill Test: Writing
5730 Pre-Professional Skill Test: Mathematics
5621 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood
5622 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades K–6
5623 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 5–9
5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7–12
5201 Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary
5304 Reading for Virginia Educators: Reading Specialist
5306 Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education
6011 School Leaders Licensure Assessment
5086 Social Studies: Content and Interpretation
5081 Social Studies: Content Knowledge
5195 Spanish: World Language
5354 Special Education Core Knowledge and Applications
5543 Special Education Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications
5545 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Severe to Profound Applications
5204 Teaching Reading

 

Test Titles moving to computer in 2012–13

Test Code Test Title Release Date
5235 Biology: Content Knowledge September 2012
5245 Chemistry: Content Knowledge September 2012
5435 General Science: Content Knowledge September 2012
5095 Physical Education: Content and Design September 2012
5265 Physics: Content Knowledge September 2012
5301 Reading SpecialistQ September 2012
5665 Chinese (Mandarin): World Language October 2012
5571 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge October 2012
5101 Business Education: Content Knowledge December 2012
5411 Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision December 2012
5121 Family and Consumer Sciences December 2012
6021 School Superintendent Assessment December 2012
5330 Speech-Language Pathology December 2012
5941 World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge December 2012
5134 Art: Content Knowledge February 2013
5311 Library Media Specialist February 2013
5113 Music: Content Knowledge February 2013
5421 Professional School Counselor February 2013

 

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New Praxis™ Test Offerings for 2012–13

The Praxis program is gearing up for the 2012–13 testing year with the launch of 16 regenerated test titles. Multistate Standard Setting Studies will have been completed for most of the following tests prior to their first use in 2012–13. Tests moving to the Praxis score scale only do not require a standard setting study.

States will consider the recommended passing scores from the Standard Setting Studies when they set passing scores for their jurisdictions. Please note that most of the regenerated tests have a new test code number. See the 2012–13 Regenerated Tests chart below for more information about each of these tests. Any state wishing to review the new forms of these tests should contact their Client Relations Director.

Regenerated Tests for 2012–13 testing year:

Test Title New Test Code Replaces Test Code Notes
Cooperative Education 0811 0810
Driver Education 0867 Regenerated test; changes to categories only
Economics 0911 0910
Environmental Education 0831 0830
Government/Political Science 0931 0930
Latin 0601 0600 Moves to Praxis scale with changes to categories
Music: Content and Instruction 0114 0111 and 0112 For states using 0113 (MC-only) with CR tests 0111 and/or 0112
Professional School Counselor 0421 0420
Reading Specialist 5301 0300
School Superintendent Assessment 6021 0020
Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 0272 0271
Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood 0691 0690
Special Education: Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 0383 0381 and 0382
Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments 0282 0281
Theatre 0641 0640 Moves to Praxis scale with changes to categories
World and U.S. History: Content Knowledge 0941 5941 Regenerated test; changes to categories only

 

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Multistate Standard Setting Studies and National Advisory Committees

Multistate Standard Setting Studies (MSSS) and National Advisory Committee (NAC) meetings are still underway for preparation for the 2012–13 testing year. To find the dates of the NAC meetings, MSSS and test administrations, please see the Schedule at a Glance.

Upcoming MSSS Schedule:

Test Title New Test Code Replaces Test Code MSSS Date
School Superintendent Assessment 6021 0020 May 17–18
Cooperative Education 0811 0810 May 23
Psychology 0391 0390 June 4–5, 7–8
Special Education: Teaching Students with Behavioral Disorders/Emotional Disturbances 0372 0371 July 16–17
Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary 5203 0201 November

 

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ETS® Data Manager for The Praxis Series™ Tests Online Tutorial

In December, 2011, ETS added a built-in online training resource focused on ETS Data Manager for The Praxis Series tests from the IHE perspective. The tutorial is designed in four sections that address each of the main areas of the tool: navigation, Quick Reports, Custom Reports and My Projects. The user can proceed through the entire tutorial or pick an individual section to review. To access the tutorial, log in to the ETS Data Manager and click the link at the bottom of the screen; the training resource will launch in a separate window. If you have any questions about the ETS Data Manager, please contact your Client Relations Director or send an email to PraxisDataManager@ets.org.

 

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Piloting of Innovative Item Types

Beginning in June, the Praxis program will begin adding research sections to certain computer-delivered tests. The first tests in which research sections will appear will be Middle School English (5049), Middle School Content Knowledge (5146) and two Elementary Education tests (5011 and 5014).

These sections will allow us to try out new kinds of questions, including questions assessing Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT)* and questions that take advantage of computer delivery to assess knowledge and skills that go beyond what can be assessed using standard single-selection multiple-choice questions. For example, instead of selecting an answer to a mathematics question, the candidate might be asked to enter a numeric answer using the computer keyboard or by transferring the display from an on-screen calculator. Or, instead of selecting an answer choice to a question about a reading passage, the candidate might be asked to locate the portion of the passage that answers the question.

The research sections will be voluntary and will be administered after candidates have completed their tests. As an incentive, candidates will be eligible for an award of $150, which will be given to those 200 individuals who score highest on the research section relative to their performance on the preceding test. In this way, test takers at all ability levels will be eligible for an award. Candidates who do not wish to participate may exit the section, and their decision to participate or not will have no effect on their scores. Responses will be used for internal research, but no scores will be reported to candidates or institutions, and the anonymity of the candidates will be preserved.

*Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT) items are tied to teaching practice and are designed to measure the specialized types of content knowledge that teachers need, including "tasks of teaching" and common student misconceptions. These "practice-based" assessments are specific to a subject area and grade range. Since CKT assessments are practice-based, they are defined from the teaching perspective — the items focus on content knowledge unique to teaching practice rather than on straight content knowledge. Practice-based assessments take into consideration the problems teachers may encounter in teaching the content, not just on providing a correct or defensible answer to a content problem.

 

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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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