Educator Series Connections

ETS Educator Series - Measuring What Matters

Welcome to the ETS® Educator Series Connections Newsletter

To provide you with the latest information on ETS assessments for educators at every stage of their career, we are pleased to introduce the ETS® Educator Series Connections newsletter — formerly known as the Praxis® Connection. You'll find updates on ETS's work in educator ethics training, the Praxis program, emerging issues and needs, and upcoming events.

Our assessment portfolio measures what matters to you most — including knowledge, skills, performance, ethical decision making and leadership abilities.

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Laying the Foundation for Educator Ethics

In our complex and fast-moving world, educators of all experience levels face challenges that were not taught during their preparation. How can educators prepare to manage unforeseen events or circumstances? How can we help them respond ethically?

ETS has been exploring these questions and last month convened an Educator Ethics Advisory Council to broaden the conversation. Advisory members — composed of educators, education leaders, lawyers and insurance brokers — discussed ways to create awareness and develop a common framework to manage challenging events and to develop innovative resources for educators. The team also discussed how to conduct substantive research in the field of educator ethics.

All members agreed that educator ethics training needs to be a standard of practice at the preservice level and that veteran teachers and school leadership need to play active roles in developing the school's culture around ethics and ethical decision making.

The council will reconvene in 2017 and will continue to base its work on the standards supported by the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE). Learn more about MCEE.

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Praxis® Program Updates

To support your teacher candidates, more test centers and test preparation materials are now available. By continually evaluating test taker demands and identifying areas where more support can be provided, ETS has responded with important program enhancements.

Test Centers — In the past year, ETS has opened an additional 112 computer-delivered testing centers and is planning to open an additional 13. Review the most current list of test centers. To learn more about how to become a testing site, visit the ETS Certified Test Administration Service (CTAS).

Test Preparation — Test preparation is key to building confidence in teacher candidates, and ETS now offers 110 Interactive Practice Tests (IPTs) — one for every Praxis test title. A second version, or Form 2, is now available on some test titles. See the most recent IPTs offering a second form:

  • Middle School Mathematics (5169) — Form 2
  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) — Form 2
  • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (5017) — Form 2
  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018) – Form 2
  • Elementary Education: Instructional Practice and Applications (5019) — Form 2

IPTs can be purchased from the ETS Store at $19.95 per 90-day subscription.

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New Computer Science Teaching Test Aligns to Standards

Last year, more than 600,000 tech jobs went unfilled across the United States because employers were not able to find candidates with the requisite skills. To support President Obama's Computer Science for All — a bold, new initiative to help American students thrive in our digital economy — ETS is developing a new Praxis Computer Science test.

In redesigning the test, ETS is collaborating with national stakeholders to develop relevant content aligned with the most current standards — the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards for computer science educators. This test will be available in fall 2018.

The School Leadership Series and Praxis Science assessments are also being updated to align to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), respectively.

To support the Computer Science for All initiative, $4 billion in funding for states and $100 million for school districts is earmarked in the forthcoming Federal budget to expand K–12 computer science education by training teachers, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials and building effective regional partnerships.

Additionally, $135 million in computer science funding will become available from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

Recently, our work on the Computer Science test was included in a White House Fact Sheet announcing significant developments in computer science education.

For more information on these new test developments or to be involved in the national advisory committees, email PraxisClientRelations@ets.org or visit the Praxis website.

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Supporting Educators

To answer your questions about the ETS Educator Series and how to better prepare your teacher candidates, we will be at several upcoming conferences. Please stop by to see us at any of these events.

  • Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Midwinter Conference
    Austin, Texas
    January 29–February 1, 2017
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Conference
    Tampa, Florida
    March 2–4, 2017
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Conference
    St. Louis, Missouri
    March 22–24, 2017
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Pilot for Elementary Education Teacher Candidates

Elementary Education teacher candidates can earn $750 by participating in a multistate pilot of the ETS® NOTE Assessment Series, a new simulation-based licensure test. Qualified teachers are encouraged to apply for the pilot study in selected states.

The test pilots will be administered in Arkansas, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas.

Qualified participants include:

  • Elementary education seniors (traditional and alternate route programs) with some clinical experience
  • Recent elementary education graduates
  • Beginning elementary teachers with less than one full year of teaching experience

The pilot is scheduled to run from March 27, 2017, to June 11, 2017, and will require participants to prepare for and complete six performances during each of two five-hour sessions. These sessions will be held at ETS test centers located in institutions of higher education.

Participants who complete the pilot will receive a $750 honorarium. For more information, please email collaborate@ets.org.

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