IMPORTANT NOTICE SPRING 2012:
Changes to the TESTING requirements!
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has changed some of their testing requirements. For Candidacy, students will no longer take the PRAXIS I (PPST) series of exams after April 1, 2012. Students should take the PECT PAPA series of exams by ESP if their initial test date is April 2, 2012 or later.
What does this mean for you?
1. If you have already successfully completed all three of the PRAXIS I exams (reading, writing, and math), you do not have to take the PAPA series of exams.
2. If you have successfully completed any one (or more) of the three PRAXIS I (PPST) exams (reading, writing, or math), prior to April 2, 2012, you should continue taking the PRAXIS I (PPST) series of exams. It is not appropriate to mix and match PRAXIS I (PPST) and PECT PAPA.
3. If your initial test date will be after April 2, 2012 or later, you should plan to take the PECT PAPA series of exams.
Additional information may be found at PDE: Testing Requirements in Pennsylvania.
Beginning in April 2012, the PECT Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) will be will be the means of assessing reading, mathematics, and writing skills for undergraduate candidates seeking a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation certificate. All undergraduate candidates for initial certification will be required to pass the PAPA as well as the test corresponding to the specific certification area. Post-baccalaureate candidates for initial certification are not required to take the PAPA. Post-baccalaureate candidates must take the specific certification area test(s). If you are already certified and adding another certificate, you only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area.
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT)
In 2010, the PDE began collaborating with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to deliver the PECT program, which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers, and a Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) for candidates for admission to a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation program. The PECT were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
The development of the PECT program involved the active participation of Pennsylvania educators. By participating on content advisory committees and an equity assurance panel, they have helped validate PECT test objectives and test questions. Pennsylvania educators also responded to content validation surveys to further assess the relevance of PECT test content to the job of a Pennsylvania teacher.
The tests in the PECT program are criterion referenced and objective based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the Grade Band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification. The PAPA is designed to help identify candidates with the required level of basic skills in reading, mathematics, and writing in order to qualify for admission to a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation program.
The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions and, for the PAPA, constructed-response assignments to assess candidates' knowledge and skills based on the test objectives. Visit www.pa.nesinc.com for test details, how to schedule a testing appointment, and access to practice/study guides.
Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
The PAPA includes three modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. To pass the PAPA, examinees must take and meet the qualifying scores of all three modules.
Selected-response items and constructed-response assignments
The PreK–4 assessment includes three modules. Examinees must take and pass all three modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or all three modules at one test appointment.
Special Education PreK-8
The Special Education PreK–8 assessment includes two modules. Examinees must take and pass both modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or both modules at one test appointment.
Visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638 to view a list of the most current test requirements and qualifying scores for Pennsylvania state teacher certification.
**Testing requirements are periodically revised. Students are held to the state requirements in place at the time of their application for certification.