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  TSPC Adopting New Licensure Tests
  Released: Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 6:20 PM
 
 
 

ATTENTION ALL PERSONS WITH THE FOLLOWING LICENSES OR CIRCUMSTANCES:

RESTRICTED TRANSITIONAL TEACHING LICENSE

CONDITIONAL ASSIGNMENT PERMIT (CAP) IN TEACHING

INITIAL TEACHING LICENSE (PREPARED OUT OF STATE)

SEEKING TO ADD A NEW ENDORSEMENT TO YOUR LICENSE



Starting September 1, 2010, the Commission is adopting new licensure tests in nearly all content areas. The currently-adopted PRAXIS tests will be available (and required) from now through August 31, 2010.

After August 31, 2010, the new tests will be required. Go to www.nestest.com to view the newly adopted tests.

If you currently hold any of the above-mentioned licenses, the CAP, or are adding an endorsement OR if you have been advised by TSPC that you need to pass a content test in order to meet you licensure requirements, this announcement affects you.

The commission will honor all passing scores on the current commission-adopted PRAXIS tests if the passing score was obtained prior to September 1, 2010.

If you are required to pass a series of tests (e.g.: Language Arts, physical education, etc.) and you have not passed ALL of the tests, you will be required to pass the new tests.


Note: If you have not yet taken the test, the new commission tests have the following features:

* One-time registration fee;
* Instead of "paper and pencil" tests like we currently administer, most of the Commission's tests will be computerized;
* Candidates may take their tests at a Vue center after registering for the test and receiving an appointment date and time to take the test;
* Most candidates will receive a score for most tests before they leave the testing center;
* Instead of two or more tests in some subject areas, nearly all tests will be reduced to one test;
* Candidates who have constructed responses (a written portion) or a speech response portion (second languages) will not receive a score report on their test day;
* Official Scores will be delivered to the candidates in less than two weeks.
* The candidate may choose their testing time, instead of having to wait for a set Saturday once every other month.


What areas will not have computerized tests?

Our current ORELA tests:

* Multiples subjects (ECE, ELE, ML);
* ESOL (all levels);
* Civil Rights Test (mandatory for all newly licensed teachers.)
* Administrator


Test areas not yet developed by NES:

* Agriculture (10900) [Agriculture]
* Chemistry, Physics & General Sciences (10070) [Chemistry/Physics]
* Speech Language Pathology (20330) [Communications Disorders]
* Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (10690) [Early Intervention/Early Childhood]
* French Content Knowledge and Productive Language Skills (20173; 10171) [French]
* German Content Knowledge and Productive Language Skills (20181; 30182) [German]
* Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students (10271) [Hearing Impaired]
* Marketing Education (10560) [Marketing]
* Reading Specialist (20300) [Reading]
* School Psychologist (10400) [School Psychologist]
* Speech Communication (10220) [Speech Communication]
* Technology Education (10050) [Technology]
* Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (10280) [Vision Impaired]
 

 

  Archived: June 1, 2010  [JM:394-1] 
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