Teacher Candidates’ Licensure Examination Performance: 2006-2007 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 67 women and men who attempted one or more of these examinations between 1 September 2006 and 30 June 2007.

 

Aggregated Licensure Examination Performance: 2006-2007

CSB / SJU

MINNESOTA

 

Assessment

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Assessments Taken

Assessments Passed

Pass Rate

Basic Skills

Reading

Writing

Mathematics

 

67

67

67

 

67

67

67

 

100%

100%

100%

 

2989

2992

2988

 

2931

2932

2950

 

98%

98%

99%

Professional Knowledge

65

65

100%

2899

2859

99%

Content Knowledge

99 

99

100%

3410

3225

 95%

Totals

365

365

100%

 15278

 14897

98%