Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2004-2005 Academic Year

The Higher Education Act of 1998 included a provision requiring all educational institutions preparing public school teachers to publish their candidates’ performance on all examinations required by the state granting them licensure. Minnesota’s Board of Teaching requires all who seek to be licensed as elementary teachers for grades K-6 with a 5-8 specialty or as secondary teachers of students in grades 5-12, 9-12, or K-12 to successfully demonstrate basic academic skills using the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST or PRAXIS I). Prospective teachers must also verify their professional knowledge of how to instruct students in the grade levels for which they are licensed to teach (PRAXIS II: Principles of Teaching and Learning). Finally, candidates seeking a Minnesota teaching license must affirm their knowledge of the subjects they are licensed to teach (PRAXIS II: content knowledge). The following table summarizes the performance of the 86 women and men who attempted one or more of these examinations between 1 September 2004 and 30 June 2005.

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2004-2005

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Students Assessed

Students

Passing

Pass Rate

Students Assessed

Students Passing

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading
Writing
Mathematics

 

86

86

86

 

86

85

86

 

100%

99%

100%

 

3519

3543

3197

 

3461

3521

3

 

98%

99%

96%

Professional Knowledge

86

85

99%

3543

3521

99%

Content Knowledge

86

86

100%

3197

3057

96%

Totals

86

86

100%

 

 

 

Notes

1. Information presented in this table is provided by the Educational Testing Service under contract with the United States Department of Education in response to the specifications of Title II of the Higher Education Act as reauthorized by the Congress in 1998.

2. “Program completers” include all candidates for licensure prepared during the 2004-2005 academic year and the two previous academic years who completed licensure examinations between 1 September 2004 and 30 June 2005. Program completers meet all requirements as candidates for licensure set by the State of Minnesota’s Board of Teaching and all requirements for graduation set by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University but may not have passed one or more of the required licensure examinations.

3. Results of tests of professional knowledge for teachers of grades K-6 (39 program completers), grades 5-9 (10 completers) and grades 7-12 (36 completers) are combined for a total of 85 program completers. Only one such examination must be attempted and passed for Minnesota licensure.

4. Results of tests of content knowledge for K-6 elementary education generalists (44 program completers), 5-12 English language and literature candidates (8 completers), and 5-12 social studies candidates (11) are included in this table.

5. Pass rates are not reported by ETS for examinations attempted by fewer than ten program completers. Five of our program completers attempted and passed the secondary (5-12) mathematics examination. Five of our program completers attempted and passed the K-12 examination in music. Three of our program completers attempted and passed the 5-12 general science examination. Six of our program completers attempted and passed the K-12 examination in Spanish. Altogether, 82 individuals defined as our program completers for Title II attempted and passed content knowledge examinations for their area of licensure during the testing period described by this table.

6. Passing scores on licensure examinations are set by Minnesota’s Board of Teaching.