Superintendent's Memo #084-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 16, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Board of Education Approval of an Option to Meet the Praxis I Reading and Writing Tests for Entry into an Approved Preparation Program

Section 22.1-298.2 of the Code of Virginia requires that the Virginia Board of Education prescribe assessments for individuals seeking admission into an approved teacher preparation program. On March 18, 2010, the Board approved a recommendation of the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure to allow the use of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (Reading and Writing) as an optional test for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests for individuals seeking entry into a teacher preparation program. This action of the Board does not impact the licensure assessments required for individuals seeking a teaching license.

The Board of Education will continue to allow the use of a composite score of the Praxis Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests to meet the Praxis I assessment requirement and the use of the SAT and ACT as substitute tests for Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) for individuals seeking admission into a teacher preparation program. An individual choosing to use the VCLA (Reading and Writing) as an optional assessment for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests will be required to meet the Praxis I Mathematics assessment (or equivalent SAT or ACT test scores). The cut scores for the VCLA prescribed by the Board of Education are as follows:

Writing Sub Test: 235
Reading Sub Test: 235
Composite Score: 470

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mrs. Patty S. Pitts, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure, via e-mail at Patty.Pitts@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-2522.

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