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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.

 

Individuals who seek certification through the Provisional Certification in the Teaching Field (PCTF) or Provisional Certification in Career and Technical (PCCT) Teaching Field 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 ALSDE Identify Management (AIM) ID assigned by the ALSDE 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 ALSDE assigned ID. A candidate can look his/her ID up using the following website: https://tcert.alsde.edu/Portal/Public/Pages/SearchCerts.aspx. The candidate can enter two pieces of pertinent information (i.e., first name, last name, middle name, maiden name, or birth year) and obtain access to the AIM ID.

edTPA8/23/2017 9:53 AM New Additional edTPA Updates (2017)

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.

 

edTPA8/23/2017 10:23 AMNew edTPA Updates (2017)
edTPA8/23/2017 10:23 AMedTPA Summit 2017

​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.

edTPA8/23/2017 10:23 AMWhat is edTPA?

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 Assessments8/30/2017 10:22 AMMy  AECT scores were not recveived by the ALSDE.

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.
edTPA8/23/2017 10:23 AMWhat is edTPA designed to achieve?

​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 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.

edTPA8/23/2017 10:24 AMWhat are the standards upon which edTPA is based?

​The Praxis tests measure specific content and pedagogical knowledge for beginning teaching practice. The tests do not measure skills related to an individual's disposition toward teaching or potential for success. The assessments are designed to be comprehensive and inclusive, but are limited to what can be covered in a finite number of questions and question types.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 11:58 AMWhat do the Praxis tests measure?

​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.

edTPA8/23/2017 10:24 AMDoes edTPA replace my insitution's assessment of my internship or first year of teaching?

​Please visit the Alabama ETS website at www.ets.org.praxis/al. Click on the left side on the approach that you are completing and a list of assessments required for each area certification area will populate.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 11:59 AMHow do I know which Praxis Assessments are required in Alabama?

​The ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators is a computerized test. Unlike the AECT, there are not specific tests dates when the test will be offered everywhere. To determine the test dates available to you, go to www.ets.org/praxis/al, click on Register Now on the right side. If you already have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account. Then select the test(s) that you need to take, enter your zip code, select a test site, and the available dates for the test will populate. Select the test date that you would like to take the exam.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:46 AMWhen will the Basic Skills Assessments be 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.

edTPA8/23/2017 10:24 AMAre edTPA candidates required to video within the P12 setting?  And if so, what are the security policies in place?

​These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:47 AMWhat does the basic skills assessment measure?

​To determine the test dates available to you, go to www.ets.org/praxis/al, click on Register Now on the right side. If you already have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account. Then select the test(s) that you need to take, enter your zip code, select a test site, and the available dates for the test will populate. Select the test date that you would like to take the exam.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 11:59 AMWhen are the Praxis Assessments administered?

Review the following materials to help you prepare for the Praxis Core tests:

The Praxis® Information Bulletin (PDF) — provides information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.

Praxis test preparation materials — Study Companions and other study tools for the Praxis Core tests.

Khan Academy videos and exercises (PDF) — The Praxis ® Program has identified videos and exercises available at www.khanacademy.org to support test preparation for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics assessment. Each topic that the test covers is mapped to a video or exercise that may help you prepare to answer questions related to that topic.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:47 AMHow Can I Prepare for the Tests?

​See Test Fees for information on specific test and service fees.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:00 PMHow much are the Praxis Assessments?

​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. 

edTPA8/23/2017 10:24 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.

 

edTPA8/23/2017 10:25 AMCan the edTPA rubrics and handbooks be shared directly with teacher education candidates?

Review the following materials to help you prepare for Praxis Assessments:

The Praxis® Information Bulletin (PDF) — provides information on registration, test day procedures and score reporting.

Praxis test preparation materials — Study Companions and other study tools for the Praxis Assessments.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:01 PMHow Can I Prepare for the Praxis Assessments?

​All test takers receive a score regardless of the number of questions answered or the type of test. Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly, with no penalty or subtraction for answering a question incorrectly. It is to your advantage to pace yourself so that you have enough time to carefully consider every question.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:48 AMShould I Guess?

​Both free and priced test preparation materials are available. To find out what test preparation materials are available for the test(s) you plan to take, go to the Prepare for a Praxis Test page and select your test title from the drop-down menu.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:02 PMAre the test-preparation materials free or do I have to buy them?

​Go to www.ets.org/praxis/al and Click on Register Now on the right side. . If you already have an account, log in. If you do not have an account, create an account. Select the test, location, and time you would like to test, and proceed to register.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:48 AMHow do I Register for the Basic Skills Assessment?

​Various test preparation materials are available to help you learn more about the tests. Study Companion materials include content outlines, sample questions with rationale for the best answers and test-taking strategies. These are available as downloadable Adobe® Acrobat® PDF files.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:02 PMHow can I learn more about what’s covered in each test?

​To learn how to make changes to your registration, see Praxis Registration Changes.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:49 AMHow do I add a test to my registration, change my test date, change my test center, or test time?

​Graphing, scientific and four-function calculators are permitted or required for some Praxis tests. Some tests have an on-screen calculator that you can use. For detailed information, see Calculator Use. In general, unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:04 PMAre calculators allowed for Praxis tests?

A valid photo ID is required to take the test.

Your admission ticket is important because it contains the test center address and reporting time on test day. While you are not required to present it at the test center, test center personnel may ask you for it. It is better to have a hard copy because test personnel may not accept an image of the ticket on your phone.

  • If you register by mail, ETS will mail you an admission ticket. You can also print one through your My Praxis account.
  • If you register through your Praxis account, you may print your admission ticket yourself. One will not be mailed to you.

Occasionally a test center's reporting location may change. Please be sure to log into your account three days before your appointment to confirm the location and print an updated admission ticket, if necessary.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:53 AMWill I receive an admission ticket or do I need to request one?

​To learn how to make changes to your registration, see Praxis Registration Changes.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:04 PMHow do I add a test to my registration, change my test date, change my test center, or test time?

You will need to enter your full 9 digit social security number. If you are taking the Praxis Core in Alabama, the ALSDE is automatically a score recipient. If you are testing outside of Alabama, you need to select test code 7020 when you register so that the Alabama State Department of Education will be a score recipient. Failure to do so will result in an additional fee to have your scores electronically submitted to the Alabama State Department of Education.

In order for your scores to be reported to your institution, you will need to identify your school as a score recipient during the registration process.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:53 AMHow do I report my scores to the State Department and my institution?

​If there is an error on your admission ticket, such as a simple misspelling, corrections may be made online. For more information on other types of changes, such as changing a test, test date or test center, see Registration Changes.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:54 AMHow do I change an error on my admission ticket?

A valid photo ID is required to take the test.

Your admission ticket is important because it contains the test center address and reporting time on test day. While you are not required to present it at the test center, test center personnel may ask you for it. It is better to have a hard copy because test personnel may not accept an image of the ticket on your phone.

  • If you register by mail, ETS will mail you an admission ticket. You can also print one through your My Praxis account.
  • If you register through your Praxis account, you may print your admission ticket yourself. One will not be mailed to you.

Occasionally a test center's reporting location may change. Please be sure to log into your account three days before your appointment to confirm the location and print an updated admission ticket, if necessary.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:05 PMWill I receive an admission ticket or do I need to request one?

You will need to enter your full 9 digit social security number. If you are taking the Praxis Core in Alabama, the ALSDE is automatically a score recipient. If you are testing outside of Alabama, you need to select test code 7020 when you register so that the Alabama State Department of Education will be a score recipient. Failure to do so will result in an additional fee to have your scores electronically submitted to the Alabama State Department of Education.

In order for your scores to be reported to your institution, you will need to identify your school as a score recipient during the registration process.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 12:07 PMHow do I report my scores to the State Department and my institution?

​Only misspellings of your name can be corrected. NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE MADE. If your name has changed for any reason, including marriage, you must still present primary identification in the name under which you registered or you will not be permitted to test.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:56 AMWhat if my name is different?

​If there is an error on your admission ticket, such as a simple misspelling, corrections may be made online. For more information on other types of changes, such as changing a test, test date or test center, see Registration Changes.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:07 PMHow do I change an error on my admission ticket?

​Learn more about what you can expect when you go to a Prometric® Test Center by viewing the video, Test Day Video (Flash).

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:57 AMWhat can I expect on the day of my test?

​If you received notification that the Alabama State Department of Education does not have your testing scores, it is most likely due to a missing or incorrect social security number or because you tested outside of Alabama and did not designate Alabama as a score recipient. Contact ETS at 1-800-772-9476 to update your record and request an additional score report be sent to the ALSDE. There is a fee for an additional score report.

Basic Skills Assessments8/29/2017 11:57 AMMy scores were not received by the ALSDE

​Only misspellings of your name can be corrected. NAME CHANGES WILL NOT BE MADE. If your name has changed for any reason, including marriage, you must still present primary identification in the name under which you registered or you will not be permitted to test.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:07 PMWhat if my name is different?

​Personal items such as handbags, water bottles, study materials and scrap paper CANNOT be brought into the testing center. Please also note that any phones or watches or other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording and listening devices are strictly prohibited from the test center. If you are seen with such a device, you will be dismissed from the test, your test scores from all tests taken that day will be cancelled and you will forfeit your test fees. If you are seen ACCESSING such a device for ANY reason, in addition to the above conditions, the device will be confiscated and inspected. For more information, see What to Bring on test day.

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:10 PMWhat can I bring into the test center?

​Learn more about what you can expect when you go to a Prometric® Test Center by viewing the video, Test Day Video (Flash).

Praxis II Assessments8/29/2017 12:08 PMWhat can I expect on the day of my test?

If you received notification that the Alabama State Department of Education does not have your testing scores, it is most likely due to a missing or incorrect social security number or because you tested outside of Alabama and did not designate Alabama as a score recipient. Contact ETS at 1-800-772-9476 to update your record and request an additional score report be sent to the ALSDE. There is a fee for an additional score report.

 

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