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ETS® NOTE Program Adoption Process

How Does ETS Work With a State That Wants to Adopt the ETS® NOTE Program?

While each state follows its own specific process and regulations, the following is meant to provide a general overview of the process.

ETS begins by working with the state's educator licensure/certification division to identify the state's needs, discussing considerations such as:

  • the teaching standards for the licensure area
  • the aspects of the standards that need to be tested (e.g., content or pedagogy)
  • grade level
  • whether the assessment will be used for licensure or endorsement

ETS then provides blueprints for the ETS NOTE assessment that may meet the state's needs and that are aligned with state and/or national standards.

The state, in consultation with ETS, determines its requirements, including when the assessment must be in place with a passing score and what needs to be done within that time frame. ETS then conducts a formal assessment review for state stakeholders to review appropriate assessments to determine which assessment best fulfills all criteria. To set a passing score for a NOTE assessment, the state can use a multistate standard-setting study, if available, or work with ETS to schedule a state-specific standard setting.

Once the state gains the necessary approvals, it announces the new ETS NOTE program requirements, effective date and passing score to all stakeholders.