Praxis Program™
Update
OCTEO Conference
April 16, 2010
Dublin, OH
Ines Bosworth, Client Relations Director
Dena Hoffman, Marketing Director
TODAY’S OBJECTIVES
• Brief “Praxis 101” review
• Focus on what’s new
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Revised tests
Multi-state model for standard setting
Service enhancements
Additional test prep
Improved website
Tools for IHEs
• Answer questions
OHIO AND ETS
• Valued client since late 1980s
– Praxis I – basic academic skills for entry to
programs
– Praxis II – content tests, including Principles of
Learning and Teaching (PLT)
– Praxis III – until last year
– ParaPro
MORE THAN PRAXIS
• SAT, Advanced Placement, NAEP, GRE,
TOEFL
• Support State Teachers of the Year via
CCSSO
• Work with HBCU’s
• NCCTQ – Teacher Quality Center
• Teacher Leader work
• Educator Performance Assessments
LICENSURE BASICS
• State regulated process
• Required, not voluntary
• Focus is on core knowledge required to begin
practice
• Tests are one of multiple requirements
• Tests are high stakes; must be legally
defensible
• Tests do not predict performance
CREATING QUALITY ASSESSMENTS
• A National Advisory Committee (NAC) comprised of
practitioners is convened for each test
• ETS solicits states to provide nominations
• National standards and state needs are considered
• Job Analysis Survey is conducted – reality check
• The NAC develops test specifications focused on
core knowledge essential for beginning practitioners
• Practitioners write items matched to specifications
• Test forms are assembled and reviewed by NAC and
other experts
PRAXIS TEST REGENERATION PROGRAM
• 5-year strategic review of test titles
• If revisions are not more than 20%, a
new standard setting study is not
required
• Revision process takes 18 months
NEW MULTI-STATE STANDARD SETTING
MODEL
• Introduced in 2009; replaces single-state model
• 2 panels of experts nominated by client states
• Convened at ETS; work independently from each
other, 2 day process
• Arrive at a definition of the “just qualified candidate”
• Panelists judge each item to arrive at a
recommended passing score; discuss, rate items
again
• Data from 2 panels are combined
• Study report enables each state to select a score
REVISED TEST TITLES STARTING FALL
2010
• Special Education: Core Knowledge and Application
(0354)
• Business Education (0101)
• Teaching Reading (0204)
• French: World Language (0174)
• German: World Language (0183)
• Spanish: World Language (0195)
• World Language Pedagogy (0841)
3 TEST CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT
OHIO FALL 2010
• Sp Ed: Core Knowledge and Applications (0354)
replaces Education of Exceptional Students: Core
Content Knowledge (0353)
– Old test was 1 hour MC; new test is 2 hrs MC
– OH had 4 panelists on national validation panels
• Teaching Reading K-12 (0204) replaces Intro to
Teaching of Reading (0200)
– OH had 2 panelists on national validation panel
– For licensing a beginning reading teacher
3 TEST CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT
OHIO FALL 2010
• Business Education (0101) replaces Business
Education (0100)
– Main change is the addition of a new area,
entrepreneurship
– OH had 2 panelists on national validation study
– Score scale changing from old 250-990 to 100-200 new
scale
TAAGS FOR REVISED TESTS
• Will be available on the ETS website,
www.ets.com/praxis starting in mid-July
• Draft copies available now via ODE or Ines Bosworth
at [email protected]
TEST TITLES UP FOR REGENERATION,
2010-2011
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Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
English to Speakers of Other Languages
Education Leadership, Administration & Supervision
Technology Education
Teaching Students with Language Impairments
Art: Content Knowledge
PLT – 4 tests
THE PRAXIS PROGRAM IN OHIO
Program Operations
• 7 paper/pencil administrations annually
• Praxis I offered paper/pencil and on computer at
Prometric centers and some IHEs
• ADA accommodations we provide:
• Extra time, Braille, large print test books, test reader,
additional breaks, sign language
• Primary Language Not English
THE PRAXIS PROGRAM IN OHIO
Candidate Score Reports
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Candidates:
– Must designate who gets scores
– Can designate up to 3 score recipients
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Institutions:
– Can receive scores three ways
• Paper
• CD-Rom
• ScoreLink (internet delivery of data file)
• ODE automatically receives scores
THE PRAXIS PROGRAM IN OHIO
Service Enhancements
• Score reports now available faster and online
– Multiple-choice test scores available in 17 days
– Candidate score reports available via Web
• Simplified fee policies based on client feedback
– One registration fee per testing year
– Automatic refunds for candidates who re-register for the same test
prior to receiving their score report
• More flexible registration options
– Register up to a week before test day – with a guaranteed seat
THE PRAXIS PROGRAM IN OHIO
Program Enhancements
• Computer delivery, Fall 2010:
– Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014)
– Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and
Assessment (0011)
• New Test Prep:
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E-books
PLT online tutorial available now
El Ed: 0014 interactive practice test available now
Praxis I Webinars – free
Praxis I tutorial - available this summer
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