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Basic Skills Changes

 

ACT WorkKeys

 

The last test administration date for the ACT WorkKeys basic skills assessments of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) will be July 8, 2017. The registration deadline was June 9, 2017. ACT will not allow late registration.

 

If passing scores on all three tests of the ACT WorkKeys (Reading for Information, Writing, and Applied Mathematics) are obtained prior to September 1, 2017, those scores may be accepted for admission to an Alabama educator preparation program prior to September 1, 2022, and for applications for certification received in the Educator Certification Section prior to September 1, 2022. Scores from the Alabama Prospective Teacher Test (APTT), administered 2003—2012, and the Alabama Educator Certification Test (AECT), administered 2012—2017, from the ACT WorkKeys will be accepted in partial fulfillment of requirements for certification as long as the certification application is received by the Certification Section of the Office of Teaching and Leading at the ALSDE on or before August 31, 2022.

 

Scores from the ACT WorkKeys basic skills assessments and the Core cannot be combined to meet the basic skills assessments requirement. If an individual lacks a passing score on any test of the ACT WorkKeys, he/she will be required to obtain passing scores on all three tests of the Core.

 

Praxis Core

 

The ETS Praxis Core tests are the new Alabama basic skills assessments in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The Core tests have been accepted to meet our basic skills assessments requirement since October 1, 2016. Those individuals who have not obtained passing scores on all three tests of the ACT WorkKeys prior to September 1, 2017, will be required to pass all three tests of the Core for admission to an Alabama educator preparation program or to apply for certification on September 1, 2022, and thereafter.

 

ETS began offering the Core in October 2013. If an individual received the required scores for Alabama prior to October 2016, he/she can request ETS send the electronic scores to the ALSDE (state code 7020). These scores will be accepted in partial fulfillment of requirements for certification.

 

The information on Alabama's ETS Praxis pages will be updated soon. Until that time, general information about the Core can be found at www.ets.org/praxis/al/al_teacher_ed. The three Core tests and the qualifying score for each test are:

 

Test CodeTest NameQualifying Score
5712Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading156
5722Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing162
5732Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics150
5751Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test**

 

**Individuals wishing to take all three Core tests (5712, 5722, and 5732) at the same time can select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5751) when registering. No qualifying score is listed by this test because individuals have to make the required score on each of the subtests. In the event an individual needs to re-take one or two of the Core tests, he/she can select the individual test code(s) when registering.

 

Please be advised that the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Writing (PPSTs) and the Praxis Core are NOT the same tests. The PPSTs were the basic skills tests offered by ETS until August 31, 2014. Scores obtained on the PPSTs will NOT be accepted to meet our basic skills assessments requirement.

 

You will want to pay close attention to the following approaches and how this applies: Provisional Certificate Approaches, Interim Certificate Approaches, Career and Technical Certificate Approaches, Foreign Credentials Approach, and Speech-Language Pathology

Assistant Approach.

 

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edTPA Updates

 

Education Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

 

In addition to the written tests required for Alabama educator certification, prospective teachers who complete teacher education programs at one of the Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs) and apply for certification fall semester 2018 and thereafter must have earned an acceptable score on edTPA, a performance assessment instrument. Alabama's educator preparation institutions are piloting the use of edTPA and are working with prospective teachers to prepare them for edTPA.

 

Since cooperating teachers play such a vital role in preparing teachers, preparation institutions are working with cooperating teachers to help them understand edTPA expectations. Given that edTPA will be a requirement for individuals pursuing certification through both traditional and alternative approaches, an edTPA summit will be hosted July 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CEUs will be awarded to attendees. If you are interested in having your cooperating teachers attend, please contact your partnering IHEs.

 

Individuals who seek certification through the PCTF or PCCT routes and begin the process fall 2018 and thereafter will be required to complete the edTPA prior to receiving their professional certificate. Training modules will be developed and posted online to assist these individuals with preparing for edTPA. These modules are anticipated to be loaded summer 2018.

 

Beginning Fall 2017 (September), candidates in Alabama will be required to enter their TEACH ID when submitting edTPA portfolios. All teacher education candidates who have completed the background review process or had any scores submitted to the ALSDE should have a valid TEACH ID. A candidate can look his/her TEACH ID up using the following website: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx. The candidate can enter his/her SSN and obtain access to the TEACH ID.

 

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Praxis Subject Assessments

 

Expiring Praxis Subject Assessments (previously titled Praxis II Tests)

 

Several Alabama prescribed Praxis subject assessments will expire on August 31, 2017. The following tests will not be accepted for applications received in the Educator Certification

Section after August 31, 2017:

 

Test CodeTest Name
0133Art: Content Knowledge
0100Business Education
0910Economics
0173French: Content Knowledge
0181German: Content Knowledge
0930Government/Political Science
0300Reading Specialist
0191Spanish: Content Knowledge
0050Technology Education
0420School Guidance and Counseling

 

Please Note the Following:

 

Applications for a 1st Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field (PCTF) or a 1st Provisional Certificate in a Career and Technical Teaching Field (PCCT) for the 2017-2018 scholastic year:

 

• If received by August 31, 2017, individuals may be issued the first PCTF or PCCT using a passing score on the subject assessments in the chart, if all other certification requirements are met.

• If received on or after September 1, 2017, individuals must meet the current Praxis subject assessment required for issuance of the first PCTF or PCCT. Visit www.ets.org/praxis/al (click

Provisional Certification Approaches: PCTF and PCCT) for the current assessments.

 

Applications for a 1st interim Employment Certificate (IEC) for the 2017-2018 scholastic year through the Alternative Class A program option:

 

• If received by August 31, 2017, individuals may be issued the first IEC using a passing score on the Praxis subject assessment in the chart for the requirement to issue the first

IEC, if all other certification requirements are met.

• If received on or after September 1, 2017, individuals must meet the current Praxis subject assessment required to issue the first IEC. Visit www.ets.org/praxis/al (click Provisional Certification Approaches: IEC) for the current assessments.

• Note: A passing score on the Praxis subject assessment in the chart may be accepted by the Alabama institution, on or prior to August 31, 2017, for unconditional admission to the

Alternative Class A program.

 

Applications submitted for a Professional Educator Certificate:

 

• If received by August 31, 2017, individuals may be issued the Professional Educator Certificate using a passing score on the Praxis subject assessment in the chart, if all other certification requirements are met.

• If received on or after September 1, 2017, individuals must meet the current Praxis subject assessment required for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate. Visit www.ets.org/praxis/al for the current assessments.

  1. Individuals who began an alternative/provisional certificate approach or were unconditionally admitted to an Alternative Class A program based on one of the expiring Praxis subject assessments must meet the current assessment requirement for issuance of the Professional Educator Certificate.

 

Additional Alabama prescribed Praxis subject assessments that will expire in 2018.

The following tests will not be accepted for applications received in the Educator Certification

Section after their expiration in 2018:

 

Test CodeTest NameLast Date of Acceptance
0014/5014Elementary Education: Content Knowledge8/31/2018
0041/5041English Language Lit Comp Content Knowledge9/1/2018
0550/5550Health Education8/31/2018
0061/5061Mathematics Content Knowledge9/1/2018
0049/5049Middle School English Language Arts8/31/2018
0069Middle School Mathematics8/31/2018
0070Chemistry, Physics, General Science8/31/2018
0390Psychology8/31/2018

 

 

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​edTPA is a pre-service assessment process designed by educators to answer the essential question: "Is a new teacher ready for the job?" edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach his/her subject matter to all students.

edTPA4/24/2015 10:25 AMWhat is edTPA?
There are five opportunties to take the Basic Skills Assessments during the 2016-2017 academic year:
Saturday Test DateRegistration DeadlineScore Receipt Date
September 17, 2016August 19, 2016October 15, 2016
November 19, 2016October 21, 2016December 17, 2016
January 14, 2017December 16, 2016February 11, 2017
March 4, 2017February 3, 2017April 1, 2017
July 8, 2017June 9, 2017August 5, 2017

 

ACT schedules the test date on Saturday morning for examinees who test in Alabama.  An applicant who is unable to test in Alabama on Saturday because of religious reasons may apply to test on the Friday preceding the published Saturday test date.  The request must be made to ACT in writing and must include a letter from the applicant's cleric confirming the applicant's affiliation with a recognized religious entity that observes its Sabbath throughout the year on Saturday.  Additionally, an applicant who is a member of the US Armed Forces and has duties which prevent Saturday testing may apply to test on Friday prior to the published Saturday test date.  The request must be made to ACT in writing and must include a letter from the applicant's Test Control Officer or other test administrator to confirm that military obligations are conflicting with testing on the published Saturday test date.  Requests for the Friday testing must be submitted by the registration deadline.  ACT will notify the applicant if the Friday testing date has been granted.  If the request is denied, ACT will process the application for the Saturday test date.

Basic Skills Assessments7/21/2016 1:54 PMWhen will the Basic Skills Assessments be administered in 2016-2017?

If you have received notification that the Alabama State Department of Education does not have your testing scores, it is most likely due to one of the following:

1)  You took the Praxis II assessment out-of-state and did not list the Alabama State Department of Education as a score recipient; or

2) You did not enter your social security number or you entered your social security number incorrectly. 

Please contact ETS (1-800-772-9476), the testing company, and request that your record be updated.  In addition, you must request an Additional Score Report be sent to the Alabama State Department of Education.


Praxis II Assessments6/16/2017 7:59 AMMy scores were not received by the ALSDE.

​The basic skills assessments measure fundamental skills all prospective educators must possess in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. These assessments are administered as part of the ACT WorkKeys System. To obtain more information about the Alabama Basic Skills Assessments, available test preparation materials, test dates and deadlines or to register for one or more of the assessments.

Basic Skills Assessments4/24/2015 10:35 AMWhat does the basic skills assessments measure?

edTPA is a performance assessment to help determine if new teachers are ready to enter the profession with the skills necessary to help all of their students learn. It is intended to be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation, and to support program renewal.

edTPA doesn't ask candidates to do anything that most aren't already doing in their preparation programs, but it does ask for greater support for and demonstration of these skills that research and educators find are essential to student learning.

By focusing on the act of teaching, edTPA complements existing entry-level assessments that focus on basic skills or subject-matter knowledge. This is the first time teacher preparation programs have access to a multiple-measure assessment system aligned to state and national standards to guide the development of curriculum and practice around the common goal of making sure new teachers are able to teach each student effectively and improve student achievement.

edTPA is comparable to entry-level licensing exams that demand applications of skills in other professions, such as the medical licensing exams, the architecture exam, or the bar exam in law. As a nationally available teacher performance assessment, edTPA:

  • Helps candidates develop the confidence and skills they need to be successful in urban, suburban, and rural schools.
  • Provides a uniform and evidence-based process that can be used across states to confirm that aspiring teachers demonstrate their readiness for the classroom.
  • Measures candidates' ability to differentiate instruction for diverse learners, including English language learners and special education students.
  • Provides meaningful and consistent data that can be used to improve teacher education programs and renew program curriculum.
  • Creates a body of evidence of teacher performance.
edTPA4/24/2015 10:24 AMWhat is edTPA designed to achieve?

​Please visit the ETS webiste at www.ets.org/praxis.  In the middle of the screen, a section entitled "State Testing Requirements" appears.  Please select Alabama.  Once Alabama has been selected, it will link to the assessments that are required in Alabama based on your route to a Professional Educator Certificate. 

Praxis II Assessments6/16/2017 7:59 AMHow do I know which Praxis II assessments are required in Alabama?

​Yes, you may access the study guide using the following link:  http://www.act.org/host/alabamaworkkeys/guide.pdf.

Basic Skills Assessments4/24/2015 10:35 AMIs there a study guide for the basic skills assessments?

edTPA is aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, and various professional standards, depending on the subject area, including Common Core State Standards and Specialized Professional Association (SPA) standards.

edTPA also aligns with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards. This means that the goals and tasks of edTPA and the expectations in the NCATE standards are comparable. Institutions using edTPA to provide evidence of candidate performance can be assured that some aspects of the performance assessment provide the type of evidence that NCATE seeks in determining whether or not a unit's teacher candidates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are outlined in its standards. Click here for a description of the "points of alignment" between edTPA and the NCATE standards authored by SCALE and NCATE

Note that NCATE and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) are in the process of merging their operations to form a unified accrediting body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The alignment of edTPA and the new CAEP standards and processes will be determined after the new standards are released.

edTPA4/24/2015 10:24 AMWhat are the standards upon which edTPA is based?

​No. Teacher educators will continue to observe and assess their candidates, and design their program and coursework as they always have. edTPA was not designed to take the place of faculty observation. Indeed, faculty observation is critical to the success of the implementation of a multiple-measures assessment system. Faculty observations, along with assessments embedded across the preparation curriculum, ensure candidates gain the skills and knowledge to demonstrate their readiness for the classroom. Well-prepared candidates with the dispositions to teach are expected to perform well on their capstone assessment, edTPA.

edTPA4/24/2015 10:24 AMDoes edTPA replace my insitution's assessment of my internship or first year of teaching?

​Please visit the basic skills Link in the upper right navigation, or follow the following link:  https://actapps.act.org/wkala/wkala.

Basic Skills Assessments4/24/2015 10:35 AMHow do I register for the basic skills assessments?

​Please use the following link to assess the testing administration dates:  http://www.ets.org/praxis/register/centers_dates/ .

Praxis II Assessments6/16/2017 7:59 AMWhen are the Praxis II assessments administered?

​Please visit the edTPA website for specific details about the security of video taping and edTPA's automated destruction policies and procedures. 

The Alabama State Department of Education is developing a common consent form for teacher education candidates and parents.  You may locate this consent under resources.

edTPA4/24/2015 10:23 AMAre edTPA candidates required to video within the P12 setting?  And if so, what are the security policies in place?

If you have received notification that the Alabama State Department of Education does not have your testing scores, it is most likely due to a missing social security number or you entered your social security number incorrectly. 

Please contact ACT (1-800-294-2105), the testing company, and request that your record be updated.  In addition, you must request an Additional Score Report be sent to the Alabama State Department of Education.

Basic Skills Assessments7/6/2015 11:07 AMMy scores were not recveived by the ALSDE.

​Please follow the following link to locate a testing site near you:  http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/tcenter.jsp .

Praxis II Assessments6/16/2017 8:00 AMWhere are testing sites for the Praxis II located?

​edTPA will become consequential in the fall 2018.  Currently, the Alabama State Department is working with Educator Preparation Programs in piloting the edTPA assessment.  During the pilot phase, there is no cut score nor retake policy in place. 

edTPA4/24/2015 10:23 AMWhen is edTPA consequential in Alabama and will I be able to retake it?

As for the handbook use, programs are encouraged to share handbooks (or portions therein - rubrics, prompts, etc) with candidates whenever they wish. As stated in the acceptable support guidelines, formative use of rubrics and prompts is highly recommended and can be embedded in methods and foundations coursework as well as early field experiences. Just don't have candidates do the whole thing more than once! Practice thinking, writing and developing evidence with a subset of prompts or rubrics throughout the program is not teaching to the test if the focus is on the rubric  constructs as the "core of effective beginning teaching" rather than edTPA rehearsal.

 

Also,  be mindful that handbooks should not be posted in publicly accessible places. You may distribute handbooks in secure ways anytime you want to expose candidates to edTPA, either as a full handbook, or excerpted portions.  Please cite SCALE's copyright for any excerpts.

 

edTPA9/29/2016 9:33 AMCan the edTPA rubrics and handbooks be shared directly with teacher education candidates?
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