Praxis Changes [updated]

Update:  The 2012-2013 State Board Policy Development Priorities and Master Calendar (see Tab L of the agenda for the September meeting of the State Board of Education here) indicates that the rule changes for Chapter 79 are scheduled for adoption at the November 14-15 meeting of the State Board of Education.

Search terms suggest that there is some interest in looking for changes to the exam requirements for teacher preparation programs required by Divison XII of Senate File 2284.  For those who don’t remember, I previously summarized Division XII on this blog as follows:

Division XII:  Practitioner Preparation Program Assessments.  Nationally recognized testing service  exams to be passed both prior to entry into a preparation program and prior to completion.  A student shall not successfully complete the preparation program unless the student scores above the 25th percentile nationally on the assessment.  Director to approve choice of assessment.

The Iowa State Board of Education has begun the rule making process for implementing SF2284.  Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 79, “Standards for Practitioner and Administrator Preparation Programs,”  Iowa Administrative Code, was given at the July 31, 2012 meeting of the Board.  [Notice and proposed rule changes can be downloaded here at Tab I]

The public hearing on the proposed rule changes will be held on September 11, 2012 from 2 to 3 pm.  Written comments can be directed to Mike Cormack at the Iowa Department of Education on or before September 11, 2012, at 4:30 pm.

Presumably the Director will announce his choice of assessments and passing scores after the rule changes are adopted by the State Board of Education.

Currently prospective elementary teachers are required to pass either the Praxis II: Elementary Education: Content Knowledge 0014/5014 [passing score 142] or Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 0011/5011 [passing score 151].

These requirements can be found at the Iowa Department of Education website here, the University of Iowa website here (click on minimum score FAQ), or at the Educational Testing Service website here (testing requirements) and here (passing scores).

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