Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2005-2006 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 2005 and 30 June 2006.

 

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2005-2006

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

86

86

86

 

86

86

86

 

100%

100%

100%

 

3192

3200

3184

 

3107 

3127

3126

 

97% 

98%

98%

Professional Knowledge

83

82

99%

3239

3190

98%

Content Knowledge

 125

 122

98%

3826

3621 

 95%

Totals

466

462

99%

 16641

 16171

 97%