Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2007-2008 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 64 women and men who attempted one or more of these examinations between 1 September 2007 and 30 June 2008.

 

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2007-2008

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

64

64

64

 

64

64

64

 

100%

100%

100%

 

2880

2876

2875

 

 2806

2805

2826

 

97%

98%

98%

Professional Knowledge

62

62

100%

2766

2746

99%

Content Knowledge

103

102

99%

3353

3193

 95%

Totals

357

356

99%

14750

14376

97%