Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2003-2004 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 103 women and men who attempted one or more of these examinations between 1 September 2003 and 30 June 2004.

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2003-2004

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Students Assessed

Students

Passing

Pass Rate

Students Assessed

Students Passing

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading
Writing
Mathematics

 

103

103

103

 

103

103

103

 

100%

100%

100%

 

3599

3610

3697

 

3544

3536

3542

 

98%

98%

96%

Professional Knowledge

103

103

100%

3584

3552

99%

Content Knowledge

102

102

100%

2295

2258

98%

Totals

103

103

100%

 

 

 

Notes

1. Information presented in this table is provided by the Educational Testing Service under contract with the United States Department of Education in response to the specifications of Title II of the Higher Education Act as reauthorized by the Congress in 1998.

2. “Program completers” include all candidates for licensure prepared during the 2003-2004 academic year and the two previous academic years who completed licensure examinations between 1 September 2003 and 30 June 2004. Program completers meet all requirements as candidates for licensure set by the State of Minnesota’s Board of Teaching and all requirements for graduation set by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University but may not have passed one or more of the required licensure examinations.

3. Results of tests of professional knowledge for teachers of grades K-6 (55 program completers), grades 5-9 (2 completers) and grades 7-12 (46 completers) are combined for a total of 103 program completers. Only one such examination must be attempted and passed for Minnesota licensure.

4. Results of tests of content knowledge for K-6 elementary education generalists (55 program completers), 5-12 English language and literature candidates (13 completers), and 5-12 social studies candidates (15) are included in this table.

5. Pass rates are not reported by ETS for examinations attempted by fewer than ten program completers. Four of our program completers attempted and passed the secondary (5-12) mathematics examination. Seven of our program completers attempted and passed the K-12 examination in music. Four of our program completers attempted and passed the 5-12 general science examination. Two of our program completers attempted and passed the K-12 examination in Spanish. One program completer attempted and passed the K-12 examination in German. Altogether, 102 individuals defined as our program completers for Title II attempted and passed content knowledge examinations for their area of licensure during the testing period described by this table.

6. Passing scores on licensure examinations are set by Minnesota’s Board of Teaching.