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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools, CDS Directors, Principals, ECE Directors

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             July 27, 2006

RE:                 PRAXIS II Standard Setting Panels for Early Childhood Endorsements

The Department of Education and State Board of Education are assembling a panel of teachers from across the state to participate in two standard setting studies.  The purpose of each study is to recommend a passing score on a Praxis Series™ test for use in our making teacher certification decisions for early childhood endorsements.  

We would like to involve teachers from your school unit/program in the standard setting study, and we ask that you consider nominating up to three teachers for each test being reviewed (see below).  As we are trying to get a cross-section of district types/program, as well as a diverse group of teachers, not all teachers you nominate may be selected to participate.  The test(s) that will be reviewed at the study are:

  • Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (0690)
  • Early Childhood (0021)

PRAXIS II Test 0690 will replace Test 0353 for the Teacher of Students with Disabilities (birth to Age 5) endorsement and PRAXIS II Test 0021 will be used for a new Early Childhood (birth to age 5) endorsement.

Therefore, we will need teachers with content expertise in these areas.  In particular, we are seeking:

  • For Test 0690, teachers who are fully certified with a Teacher of Students with Disabilities (birth to age 5) endorsement, and who are currently teaching those content area(s);
  • For Test 0021, teachers who are currently teaching early childhood (birth to age 5) and have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college;
  • teachers with between 3 and 10 years of experience, though more experienced teachers are welcome, if they are actively involved in mentoring a beginning teacher in the content area(s); and
  • teachers who represent the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the students they teach.

Our goal for each test is to assemble a panel of between 12 and 15 educators (teachers and a small number of college faculty who prepare teachers in the relevant content areas). 

Each standard setting study will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2006, and will be held in Freeport. 

Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be facilitating the study on the state’s behalf.  ETS will reimburse panelists for travel and pay for lodging for one night, if panelists need to stay over night in Freeport; breakfast and lunch will be provided.  School units/programs will not be reimbursed for substitute teachers.

Please consider identifying teachers who meet the above criteria.  This is a very important study and a good opportunity to involve your district/program in the licensure process.  Nominees will register online at: .

The online form is generic for any panel except for Questions #3 and #4.  Please instruct your nominee(s) to select the following options:

Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (0690):
Question #3: Select “Special Ed’ option
Question #4: select “Early Childhood” option

Education of Young Children (0021):
Question #3: Select “Content” option
Question #4: select “Early Childhood Ed” option

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nancy Ibarguen, Coordinator of Certification at (207) 624-6603.