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The following is a news release from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Commission. If there are more details that we can provide for you, please feel free to contact us (see Contact Us).
  NEW Multiple Subjects Examination (Updated 12/20/04)
  Released: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at 5:00 PM
For many years TSPC has used the ETS Multiple Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT) test for those teachers seeking early childhood, elementary or middle-level authorizations to teach.

A few years ago, California adopted new tests and Oregon became the only state in the nation offering the MSAT. The ETS decided that it would be too costly to update the MSAT to only serve a state as small as Oregon.

The MSAT has always been a California test and aligned with California student content standards. The TSPC wanted a teacher licensure test that was totally aligned with knowledge Oregon student content standards. So, the new Multiple Subjects Examination (MSE), developed by the National Evaluation Systems (NES) will have its first administration on February 12, 2005. It will also be administered on April 9, 2005 and June 18, 2005.

For registration information go to: www.orela.nesinc.com AFTER December 2, 2004.

The link will take you to frequently asked questions and answers.

Passing scores for the MSE will be set by the Commission at the March 10-11, 2005 TSPC meeting and will be applied retroactively to those taking the test in February.

The new test can be taken in two parts and will be not be timed like the MSAT. Test takers can opt to spend up to four hours on half of the test if they choose and take the remainder of the test on another test date. Or, test takers may opt to take the entire test in one afternoon. There is only one registration fee, but you will have to pay for subsequent tests if you need to retake one of the tests.

The MSAT will continue to be administered January 8, 2005, March 5, 2005 and June 11, 2005.

TSPC will accept passing scores on any MSAT taken on or before June 11, 2005.

People who have not passed the MSAT after June 11, 2005 will need to take all of the MSE even if they have passed part of the MSAT, since it is designed totally different than the MSAT.


  Archived: June 1, 2005  [VC:195-1] 
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