Superintendent's Memo #095-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 8, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Passing Score and Implementation Dates for the Praxis Braille Proficiency Test

The Board of Education prescribes the professional teacher’s assessment requirements for initial licensure in Virginia as set forth in Section 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia.  On July 22, 2010, the Board of Education approved the Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure (ABTEL) recommendation that the Braille Proficiency Test administered by the Educational Testing Service be the required assessment for individuals seeking an initial Virginia license with an endorsement in Special Education-Visual Impairments.

On March 24, 2011, the Board of Education set a passing score of 168 for the Praxis Braille Proficiency Test (0631) for individuals seeking an initial Virginia license with an endorsement in Special Education-Visual Impairments.  In addition, the Board established the implementation date for the assessment as July 1, 2011, except for individuals completing the approved Virginia Visual Impairments Consortium program who must meet the assessment requirement effective July 1, 2012.

Information on professional teacher’s assessments in Virginia may be accessed at the following Web site: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/prof_teacher_assessment.pdf.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. James W. Lanham, director of teacher licensure and school leadership, via e-mail at James.Lanham@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-2471.

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