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TO MODIFY CERTAIN PASSING PRAXIS II SCORES AS A PRECONDITION FOR INITIAL CERTIFICATION
WHEREAS, by resolutions of April 14, 2005; February 9, 2006; October 12, 2006; December 14, 2006; March 8, 2007; July 10, 2012; July 9, 2013; February 12, 2014; and other resolutions from time to time, the Alabama State Board of Education has adopted certain Praxis II content knowledge assessments and minimum passing scores as conditions for initial teacher certification in the state of Alabama; and

WHEREAS, certain Praxis II content knowledge assessments previously approved by the Alabama State Board of Education have recently been updated and revised; and

WHEREAS, additional validation studies have been performed under the supervision of the Alabama State Superintendent of Education in accordance with accepted psychometric principles; and

WHEREAS, as a result of such studies, such tests and recommended passing scores have been found to be appropriate for use in the state of Alabama:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education hereby discontinues and adopts the following Praxis II tests as a precondition for initial teacher certification in the state of Alabama:

Discontinued Test: 0439 Middle School Science

Former Passing Score: 142

New or Replacement Test: 5440 Middle School Science

Recommended Passing Score for New or Replacement Test: 151

Effective Date: September 1, 2014

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the State Superintendent of Education is hereby directed to take any and all actions necessary to implement this resolution.

Done this 11th day of June 2014