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INFORMATONAL LETTER: 16

POLICY CODE:GCFC

 

TO:              Superintendents of Schools and Deans and Directors of Teacher Education Programs

FROM:        Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:         August 22, 2005

RE:               Rule Adoption – Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators

Please be advised that the State Board of Education has adopted the Educational Testing Service PRAXIS II series of content knowledge tests as a requirement for initial teacher certification.   The specific content tests, which are aligned with content area endorsements and their respective passing scores, appear in the newly amended rule, Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators. These content knowledge tests are required of individuals seeking initial teacher or educational specialist certification on or after August 1, 2005.

In addition, Chapter 13 contains the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST – PRAXIS I) passing scores.   The rule has been amended to allow applicants for initial teacher certification to achieve a composite score representing the total of the three sections of the test, Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score. The rule also includes a waiver provision for the PPST requirement for the Native Language Endorsement.

While the PRAXIS II content knowledge test is a requirement for initial teacher certification only, it is recognized under the NoChild Left Behind ACT (NCLB) “Highly Qualified” Teacher provisions as one avenue or option for veteran teachers to demonstrate “Highly Qualified” teacher designation.   Those teachers who wish to take the PRAXIS II content knowledge test specific to their teaching assignment for NCLB purposes may access test registration and test administration information at: www.ets.org/praxis.

Chapter 13 can be accessed at the Secretary of State’s web site at: ftp://ftp.maine.gov/pub/sos/cec/rcn/apa/05/071/071c013.doc