COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 64
May 4, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Alternative for the Praxis I Assessments

This memorandum is a follow-up to Informational Supts. Memo No. 42, dated March 30, 2001, requesting your comments on the proposed alternative for the Praxis I assessments for initial licensure. The members of the Board of Education and I appreciated receiving your comments and recommendations.

During the April 26, 2001, meeting, the Board of Education approved an alternative to Praxis I. Individuals may now meet the Praxis I assessment requirement by achieving the scores established by the Board of Education on October 26, 1995, on each of the three Praxis I tests – Writing, Reading, and Mathematics – or by achieving an established composite score on all three tests.

The Praxis I tests are currently offered in two forms—the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST)paper-based tests and a Computer-Based Test (CBT). To compute the composite score, an individual must add the total scores of all three Pre-Professional Skills tests or all three Computer-Based Tests. Combining PPST and CBT scores to achieve a composite score will not be accepted. A minimum score on each of the tests is not required provided that the composite score has been met. The cut scores for each of the individual tests and the composite scores for the PPST and CBT tests are listed on the following page.
 
 
 
 

Composite
Praxis I Reading Writing Mathematics Score
PPST 178 176 178 532
CBT 326 324 323 973

 

      

The Educational Testing Service, the administrator of the test, will discontinue the Computer-Based Test effective December 31, 2001. The Computer-Based Test will be discontinued because the relationship between the PPST and CBT has changed and the Educational Testing Service cannot maintain comparability of the two tests. A computer-delivered format of the PPST will become available to replace the Computer-Based Test.

The composite score alternative to Praxis I approved by the Board of Education on April 26, 2001, is retroactive. Individuals who have not met the individual cut scores on all three tests but who now meet the composite score may submit a written request on the attached form to the Division of Teacher Education and Licensure. By submitting the request on the attached form, priority will be given to the request.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, at (804) 371-2522 if you have any questions regarding the alternative to Praxis I.

JLD/psp

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