So what teacher tests does your state require?

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  1. Danny'sNanny

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    Good Luck Hatima!!
     
  2. hatima

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    thanks Danny'sNanny
     
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    In NY the tests are as follows:
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) - The LAST consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. Examinees are asked to demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills, critical-thinking and communication skills, and multicultural awareness. The test covers scientific, mathematical, and technological processes; historical and social scientific awareness; artistic expression and the humanities; communication and research skills; and written analysis and expression.

    Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS–W)
    The Elementary ATS–W consists of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The Elementary ATS–W measures professional and pedagogical knowledge at the Early Childhood (birth–grade 2) and Childhood (grades 1–6) levels.

    There is a seperate test if you are being certified for secondary grades 7-12

    If you are being certified in Special Ed, you would also take the CST for Students with Special Needs. I also had to takethe Literacy CST for my Masters in Literacy Certificate


    Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) - The CSTs (except those for languages other than English) consist of multiple-choice questions and a written assignment. The CSTs for languages other than English include recorded listening and speaking components and writing components. CSTs measure knowledge and skills in the content area of the candidate’s field of certification.
     
  4. Danny'sNanny

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    I miss Mexican food so much! I told my boyfriend that as soon as I get off the plane next week we're going out to eat! The stuff people call green chile up here is nothing more than a green pepper!
     
  5. hatima

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    Danny'sNanny that sounds so familiar. When my aunt and uncle first moved to Oregon they had the same problem with "green chile." Plus my aunt worked at a certain taco chain (the chawawa one) and they had alleged "red," "green," and "verde" sauce. When my aunt explained verde is green, they insisted it wasn't. For a while, we would send them stock of green chile. I do not think I could live without Mexican food!

    TearDrop,
    I'm in Albuquerque. The way I understand it is NM gives us an Elementary K-8 provisional license (assuming all three tests are passed). Then we have five years to pass a dossier and reach level two or we loose the license. After reaching level two we can stay there or get a MA and go on to level three to get a PhD. They just changed it to 5-6 years spring 05. I about died when they said we had three years to "pass" the dossier. (I have Mexican Recipes--altered to fit my cheese loven roots, moms from Wisconsin)
     
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    From looking at the Web site I gather that this test is scored on a scale from 100 to 300 and that a passing score is 240. That suggests that 70% correct is enough to pass. The test is scored holistically - you can make up for a less promising performance in one subarea with a stronger performance in another.

    Teacher tests in different states vary in organization and in detail, but they tend to have similar preoccupations. You might find it helpful to come wander around the Multiple Subject Tests subforum on the Examinations for Teachers forum; it's fairly CSET-heavy, and obviously you won't need much of the California history, but the chances are pretty good that we're discussing some other material you could use.

    One more thing: between now and the test day, please treat yourself kindly. It's tempting to bash oneself for wrong answers on sample tests, but please spend at least some time noticing what you're doing right. Be as kind with yourself as you'd be with your favorite student who was facing something like this.

    Best of luck, kiddo, and let us know how it goes.
     
  7. Danny'sNanny

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    Hatima, did you have any trouble with the basic skills one? I think I have to take that next summer, as soon as I move...
     
  8. hatima

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    TeacherGroupie, thank-you for your advise. It is really easy to be harsh and overly critical of oneself. My teachers have always told me I'm to critical of how I critique myself. I really do need to notice what I do right. Thank-you for the information on the scoreing it really lifted weights off my shoulders.

    Danny'sNanny, I took the basic skill test in 2003 (I think) it wasn't that bad. (not as bad as I thought it would be. I'm at school know so I'll post more later. I think I still have the old study guide.)
     
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    Many of the tests that other states give( Praxis series in North Carolina) are not overly demanding with in depth knowledge but thay have a lot of general knowledge and scenario questions involved. Im sure that you will do fine.Good Luck!
     
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    Incidentally, I thought I had bombed my Praxis 2 in both of my areas of special Ed and I do not test well. I made 181 on one (143 is passing) and 180 on the other(159 was passing)
     
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    its very exxciting when you think that you didn't pass a mojor test like that and then you end up passing.The hard studing does pay off.
     
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    Here in Ontario they got rid of the testing last year. We now have periodic assessments where we get evaluated with a sit-in by the principal. As a new teacher, we are on probation for 10 months. In the first two years of teaching we have to be assessed four times (twice per year), then every five years after that.
     
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    Now don't everyone go stampeding across the northern border all at once...
     
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    We are now required to take the Praxis II by June. We are all nervous about this in our school especially us older teachers that went to high school in the 70's. I figure the people making the money are the test companies.
     
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    In Maine we have to take the Praxis One to be certified and the either get Housse Points or take the Praxis Two to be Highly qualified.
     
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    PRAXIS I- Entry level college (have to pass it before being admitted in the ed. program-probably a school requirement there).

    PRAXIS II-Must pass before allowed to intern.

    PRAXIS III-Must pass approximately your 1st year of teaching. This is the observation.
     
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    Ah, accountability... Praxis II exams don't tend to be aligned to state standards, but the Tests at a Glance documents (you can access them from the page on which you choose tests) generally give a fair idea of what's being tested. Work together, and don't panic.
     
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    Well I know around December 15th how I did on the test. The study guide was horrible and did very little to help even prepare the type of questions that were on the test. Some of the answers were so similar it was hard to choose the "best fit" answer. The easiest parts were Math and Art. (we even had music). I though Art and Music were strange since they are the first two programs cut at the grade school level.
     
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    I'm a little afraid of the NM tests, after seing what a a mess they are at the high school level...the NM competency exams to graduate high school are awful! I passed, they weren't that hard, but they were confusing. The teacher accidently forgot to give us half of the test, and that was a huge mess too.
     
  20. TeacherGroupie

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    Are the NM high school exams NES too?
     
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    Danny'sNanny, I agree about the NM competency exams. The test was easy to pass. I left some sections mostly blank because I had very little Social Studies and Science. But I passed. So what happened when your teacher accidently forgot to give half the test?

    TeacherGroupie Yes, NES does our exams too.
     
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    The school called the state and they said we just had to take F's on those sections, because the questions had been sealed. But our answer booklets hadn't been sealed yet, so they made copies of the questions from someone who had been absent. So we ended up passing that part after all.
    And then it ended up not mattering, because the next year they changed it so you took the competencies your junior year, so we had to take them again. But that was the pilot year, so there were some mistakes and stuff with the scoring or something, so I'm not sure what ended up counting. I graduated, so thats all that maters, right?
    In elementary school one year our NM writing assesments were scored backwards- they gave failing scores to everyone who passed, and passes to everyone who failed. My mom was really mad at me for a few weeks though ;)
     
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    That's terrible that they changed the test and you had to take that test again.
    The elementary situation reminds me of middle school. When I was in middle school I took one of the tests near the end of the year. I didn't understand most of the math, despite lunch and after school torturing. Then I got my scores back and scored in the 80th percentile on math and on social studies. My math teacher made me fill in answers I didn't know. I got mad, and erased all the answers she gave me. Then it must have still got scored. My social studies teacher never taught us. He just sat there and did nothing--we were all out of control.
    (and that was before NCLB)
     
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    hmm,

    I had to take the PPST, as well as the praxis II.

    The PPST tested my basic overall knowledge and was for entry into the program. The Praxis II was two tests combining my overall content knowlege and problem solving...grr.
     
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    That was me too MisterG.
     
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    That's similar to me. I needed to pass the first MTEL to get into the Professional Ed. program, needed to pass the General Curriculum MTEL to student teach and then the Foundations of Reading MTEL to be licensed (which they are trying to have people pass in order to graduate)....these were just my school's requirements, though, not state requirements. The state just requires that all tests are passed to be licensed.
     
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    Our third test, the PRAXIS III, is an observation that is done during your 1st year of teaching. You have a non-renewable license until you pass it. My school cut off scores were actually higher than the states cut off scores for the 1st 2 tests. If you didn't meet those scores, you were put on probation until you did.
     
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    In Mass, we need to get our Masters within 5 years to renew our license and receive our "professional license" (we get our "initial license" after graduating and passing the tests)
     
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    Other reason not to move to Mass. Just teasing Beth.
     
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    NH
    New teachers, Praxis I and effective this year Praxis II.
    If you haven't gone through 1 renewal cycle you have to take the Praxis II Content Knowledge test and get a 148 for a passing score.
     
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    I am pretty sure the university you go to determines when you take your test. I had to take both of my test before student teaching. If I did not pass I could not graduate.
     
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    NJ and Praxis tests = yikes!!

    I got certified for NJ back in 2003 when I graduated college. I had to take the Elem Ed Content Knowledge Praxis test (had to get a 135 out of 200 possible points). To study for that, I bought BrainQuest at Walmart...and I got a 180:)

    In NJ, You start out your first year with your Provisional Certificate. Then your principal completes paperwork and observations on you and at the end of the year as long as you did ok, you submit MORE MONEY to get your professional certificate. But thats good forever as far as I know. As long as you participate in the Prof. Dev. initiative and all...

    I was curious if things have changed since I graduated...so here is what I found...its crazy!

    To do anything in elementary, you have to take the same test as me. To be specialized in a single subject area (I mean "highly qualified" by testing) you have to also take a specialization Praxis test. Any middle school/secondary ed teachers have to take the specialized Praxis tests, I believe. The numbers in ( ) at the end of each row are the Praxis test numbers.

    ETS (Educational Testing Services) located right in good ol' NJ must make a killing with the tests a $100 or more each...my goodness.

    PRAXIS II: SUBJECT ASSESSMENT/ SPECIALITY AREA TESTS REQUIRED FOR LICENSURE
    PRAXIS II:
    SUBJECT ASSESSMENT /
    INSTRUCTIONAL ENDORSEMENT SPECIALTY AREA TESTS

    Agriculture Exempt

    Art Art: Content Knowledge (10133)

    Bilingual/Bicultural Education* To Be Announced

    Business Education: All Endorsements Business Education (10100)

    Elementary School Teacher K-5 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (10014)

    Elementary School with Specialization:
    Middle School English Language Arts (10049)
    Language Arts and Literacy (5-8)

    Elementary School with Specialization:
    Mathematics (5-8) Middle School Mathematics (20069)

    Elementary School with Specialization:
    Social Studies (5-8) Middle School Social Studies (20089)

    Elementary School with Specialization:
    Science (5-8) Middle School Science (10439)

    English English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge (10041)

    English as a Second Language* To Be Announced

    Family and Consumer Sciences Family and Consumer Sciences (10120)

    French; and Elementary School with Specialization: French: Content Knowledge (20173)
    World Languages/French (5-8)

    German; and Elementary School with Specialization: German: Content Knowledge (20181)
    World Languages/German (5-8)

    Spanish; and Elementary School with Specialization: Spanish: Content Knowledge (20191)
    World Languages/Spanish (5-8)

    World Languages: Other Exempt

    Health Education Exempt

    Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (20856)

    Marketing Education Marketing Education (10560)

    Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (10061)

    Military Science Exempt

    Music Music: Content Knowledge (10113)

    Physical Education Physical Education: Content Knowledge (10091)

    Preschool through Grade 3 * To Be Announced

    Psychology Exempt

    Reading Introduction to the Teaching of Reading (10200)

    Biological Science Biology: Content Knowledge, Part 2 (20232),

    General Science: Content Knowledge, Part I (10431),
    and General Science: Content Knowledge, Part 2 (10432)

    Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (20241); and
    General Science: Content Knowledge, Part I (10431)

    Earth Science Earth Science: Content Knowledge (20571)
    General Science: Content Knowledge, Part I (10431)

    Physical Science Chemistry: Content Knowledge (20241),
    Physics: Content Knowledge (10261), and
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    General Science: Content Knowledge, Part I (10431)

    Physics Physics: Content Knowledge (10261), and

    General Science: Content Knowledge, Part I (10431)

    Social Studies Social Studies: Content Knowledge (10081)

    Special Education Exempt

    Speech Arts and Dramatics Speech Communication (10220) and
    Theatre (10640)

    Technology Education Technology Education (10050)

    Theatre Theatre (10640)

    Vocational Education* To be Announced

    *No test required for the 2005-2006 academic year

    EDUCATIONAL SERVICES ENDORSEMENT PRAXIS SPECIALTY AREATEST
    Speech-language Specialist Speech-Language Pathology (20330)

    ADMINISTRATIVE ENDORSEMENT SCHOOL LEADERSHIP SERIES TESTS
    Principal School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) (11010)

    School Administrator School Superintendents Assessment (SSA) (11020) 24
     
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    Now I was licenced here about 6 years ago and my have things changed. I only had to pass the reading/communication test , and what they called the elementary ed test I also took the special ed test I am glad that I Did not have to take all the new tests. I hear that they are coming out with another test too?? not sure tho. I think that many states are starting to do the masters in 5 years thing I know when I went to college they did it in NY. Luckily I got my masters within the first four although if you start and are nto finished in 5 they will let you slide giving you a new initial license. (as long as you are somewhat thru your masters and not 1 class in)...
     
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    leighbball, that's quite a list. I'd guess your Elementary Ed Content Knowledge is pretty similar to the old MSAT Content Knowledge, with all the domains tested all at once. If so, 180 is a fine score, and BrainQuest and things like it work very well indeed for prep. (Passing in California was 157.) Californians complain about CSET, but the test taker can choose to spread the subtests out over several testing days, and since no subtest covers all the domains, this means the test taker need not prepare in all the domains. I'm a little surprised, though, to see no Content Area tests - those contain the constructed response questions.
     
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    In Virginia we have to take the Praxis I and Praxis II. They have books we can study with. You have the option to take it on the computer or a written test. You have to pass both in order to obtain your certification to teach.

    Tests are so stressful though... Can't they come up with something else?
     
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    Are the Praxis the tests for national certification too? I'm taking NM "equivalent" to the Praxis II tomarrow. I'm a bit nervous. I don't know how much classroom psychology I remember.
     
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    Good luck hatima!!! I hope it's not hard; I'll be taking it in the not to distant future...
     
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    The basic rules for any teacher test:

    - Don't panic.

    - Remember that sometimes the task is to FIGURE OUT the answer rather than to know it cold (so if you don't know it cold, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

    - It's a teacher test, so TEACH the material: make sense of it as though you were explaining.

    - The test score is not, EVER, a statement about who you are or what you're worth.
     
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    Something completely different. You have to teach for three years before you begin the nbc process.
    http://www.nbpts.org/
     
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    Alabama requires us to take and pass the Praxis II so we can graduate and also we have to take and pass the APTT (Alabama Prospective Teacher Test) just to get into the education program. In addition we have to take an exit exam and pass it before we graduate also....I've taken and passed all three but I have some friends who haven't been so lucky!
    Amanda
     

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