Teacher Testing

Posted: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 9:45am Updated: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:15am

IMPORTANT CHANGES

The Indiana State Board of Education approved the content and pedagogy assessments that are part of the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure program (Indiana CORE Assessments) and their associated cut scores on August 7, 2013. The administrative rule governing the implementation of new tests and scores provides that new tests and scores cannot be applied to candidates until six months following final approval of the tests and scores by the state board. The content and pedagogy assessments included in the Indiana CORE Assessments will be available for administration starting Monday, February 10, 2014. Individuals may start registering for these exams on December 4, 2013 on the Indiana CORE Assessments program website. General Program Information about the Indiana CORE Assessments for educator licensure can be found in this FAQ Document.

Pearson ES Indiana CORE Assessments

Registration for the new Indiana CORE content assessments will begin on December 4, 2013. There will be a transition time and the Indiana approved ETS Praxis II content test(s) will be accepted until May 31, 2014. Applicants must have taken and passed the Indiana approved Praxis II exam(s) by May 31, 2014 in order for the exam(s) to be accepted for licensure. However, candidates may instead choose to take the appropriate Indiana CORE Assessment(s) in their content area(s) any time beginning February 10, 2014.

Pearson ES Developmental/Pedagogy Exam

Under the current licensing rule, REPA, a pedagogy/developmental exam is required for all individuals that are applying for their first initial practitioner instructional license. This exam covers the strategies of teaching such as Methodology, Classroom Management, Student Development and Diversity, Learning Processes, Learning Environment, Instructional Planning, Assessments and the Professional Environment as a teacher. These are topics that are covered in a teacher preparation program. Test preparation materials will be available on the CORE assessment registration site beginning December 4, 2013.

As of February 10, 2014, all applicants for initial instructional licenses must take and pass the pedagogy exam for the developmental level of the license they are seeking. May 2014 graduates and beyond are expected to take and pass this exam in addition to their content exams for licensure, since they will not be eligible for licensure prior to that date. Eligibility for licensure includes completing all degree and program coursework, student teaching, required testing, CPR/AED/Heimlich training and suicide prevention training. The requirement for implementation of pedagogy exams for the 2013-14 school year has been in the REPA licensure rules since May 2010. See 515 IAC 8-2-1(b)(2) at http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T05150/A00080.PDF.

IN CORE ASSESSMENT Website

For more information, on the Indiana CORE Assessments and the Developmental/Pedagogy exams: http://www.in.nesinc.com/Home.aspx

CASA and Alternatives

Prior to admission to a teacher preparation program prospective Indiana educators are required to pass the CASA assessments, which measure proficiency in basic academic skills, or meet an approved alternative. Please note that CASA testing only applies to preservice teachers prior to enrollment into a program and is no longer a licensure requirement.

The following additional assessments/routes are acceptable to document basic skills competency at the time of admission to a teacher preparation program:

  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science;
  • SAT with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math;
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11;
  • GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/11; or,
  • Praxis I composite score of at least 527 based on Reading, Writing, and Math if taken prior to 9/1/13.

Notes: ACT, SAT, and GRE scores do not include writing. Anyone with a Master's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is exempt from this requirement.

Praxis II

There will be a transition period of overlapping ETS Praxis II and Indiana CORE content assessments. We will accept Indiana’s approved ETS PRAXIS II content exams until May 31, 2014. Applicants must have taken the Praxis II exam(s) by May 31, 2014 in order for the exam(s) to be accepted for licensure (assuming the candidate achieves a passing score). However, candidates may instead choose to take the appropriate Indiana CORE Assessment(s) in their content area(s) any time beginning February 10, 2014. Information about specific tests and qualifying scores for Indiana can be found at the ETS website.

Praxis II Reports: The following are annual summaries of institution's average Praxis II results by content area as privided by ETS. Candidates self report to ETS the institution they are attending for teacher preparation. The spreadsheet presents per content area test, a ranking of institutions mean score from highest to lowest. If an examinee took the same test more than once during this time period, only the most recent score is used in this report. Scores are not disaggregated by program type and include examinees from all routes to licensure including traditional, graduate and alternative program candidates. Scores also may include candidates taking tests for REPA content area additions who may have self-reported a teacher preparation institution. This set of data may reflect candidates for which a teacher preparation institution may or may not have been responsible for preparing.

Note: This information is part of Indiana's Title II- State Report which can be found at: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx

Reporting

YEAR Traditional Pass Rate Info  Alternative Pass Rate Info
2013 Traditional Pass Rates 2011-2012 Alternative Pass Rates 2011-2012
2012 Traditional Pass Rates 2010-2011 Alternative-pass-rates-2010-2011
2011 Traditional Pass Rates 2009-2010 Alternative-pass-rates-2009-2010
2010 Traditional Pass Rates 2008-2009 Alternative-pass-rates-2008-2009

For more information about the tests and standard errors of measurement for each please refer to the ETS document Understanding Your Praxis Scores.

Areas for Addition by Testing

Educators who hold a valid Indiana teaching license are eligible to add additional content areas to their license by passing the appropriate Praxis II test associated with that content area. Click HERE to access a list of Praxis content areas available for addition by testing as well as the test and qualifying score necessary. CLick on this Testing Chart - ADDITIONS to access a list of Pearson IN Core Content Area tests that are avaliable for addition by testing.  

View more information on how to add a content area to your license.