Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2008-2009 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 81 women and men who attempted one or more of these examinations between 1 September 2008 and 30 June 2009.

 

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2008-2009

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

81

81

81

 

81

81

81

 

100%

100%

100%

 

2876

2891

2884

 

2829

2823

2841

 

98%

98%

99%

Professional Knowledge

79

79

100%

2777

2739

99%

Content Knowledge

125

122

98%

3115

2966

 95%

Totals

447

444

99%

 14543

14198

98%