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Assessments

Praxis CORE Skills for Educators Tests (Admission to Teacher Ed.)

The Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests are required for entry into a Virginia teacher education preparation program. These tests assess academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics and were designed to measure the knowledge and skills of the teacher education candidate.

Candidates must meet the Praxis Core requirements by achieving the scores established by the Virginia Board of Education on June 27, 2013 for each three content tests.  The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading (5712), Writing (5722) and Mathematics (5732) require a passing score for each of the three subtests.  There is not a composite passing score for the assessments.  If a passing score is not obtained, a subtest may be retaken as a standalone test.

Source: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/educator_preparation/college_programs/entry_assessment.pdf

PRAXIS CORE : Tests and required scores for teacher education in Virginia  

Test

Test Code

Score

Praxis Core Academic Skills for  Educators Combined

5751 (will include all three tests)

Passing score in all three sections is required.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Reading

5712

156

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Writing

5722

162

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Mathematics

5732

150

Passing scores in all three sections: Reading (5712); Writing (5722); and Mathematics (5732); is required.  There is no composite score for the tests. 

Substitute Tests for the PRAXIS CORE (Admission to Teacher Ed.)

The following tests are approved by the Virginia Board of Education as substitutes for the PRAXIS CORE Academic Skills for Educators tests (Reading, Writing and Mathematics). 

Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) 

SAT scores for PRAXIS CORE substitution:

SAT Taken prior to April 1, 1995- a score of 1100 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests;   

SAT Taken after April 1, 1995 – a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 mathematics tests

ACT Test

ACT scores for PRAXIS CORE substitution:

ACT taken prior to April 1, 1995- a composite score of 21, with an ACT mathematics sore of at least 21 and an ACT English plus reading score of at least 37

ACT taken after April 1, 1995- a composite score of 24, with an ACT mathematics score of at least 22 and an ACT English plus reading score of at least 46

PRAXIS II Specialty Area Tests (VA Licensure)

The PRAXIS II  assesses content knowledge in the subject the teacher candidate will teach and is a requirement for initial licensure. In addition, the PRAXIS II test is a requirement for student teaching for certain JMU teacher education programs.  Teacher education candidates will need to consult their education program advisor for PRAXIS II program requirements.  

Changes in the specialty area tests may occur over the next several years.  Teacher candidates should have the most recent information before registering for the test. Information on the PRAXIS II special area tests prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education can be found in the following link: VDOE PRAXIS II Requirements

Information on registration, fees, administration, testing centers and other information for the PRAXIS II can be found on the ETS website: http://www.ets.org/praxis/va/requirements

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

The VCLA test is a reading and writing test and is required initial Virginia teacher licensure.  Information on registration, fees, administration, testing centers and other information can be found on the following website: http://www.va.nesinc.com/

Passing scores for the VCLA passing scores:

Writing: 235

Reading: 235

Composite: 470

PRAXIS Series Reading For Virginia Educators (RVE)

The RVE is a reading assessment is prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education for individuals seeking the following endorsements unless the exemption criteria are met:

(1)   an initial Virginia license with the following endorsements: Early/Primary prek-3, Elementary Education prek-6, Special Education- General Curriculum, Special Education-Hearing Impairments, and Special Education-Visual Impairments;  

Test Code 0306 for paper delivered; 5306 for computer; passing score: 157

(2)   an endorsement as a reading specialist.

Test Code 0304 for paper delivered; 5304 for computer delivered; passing score: 162.

Both assessments are offered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Information regarding these assessments, including draft Test at a Glance documents, test centers, test dates, and registration information can be found at: http://www.ets.org/praxis/va.