Effective immediately and retroactively PDE has adjusted the PAPA and Core Academic Basic Skills passing score by -1 SEM. PDE made the change after careful study of basic skills results over time on multiple assessments and available research. Our goal continues to be identifying strong education candidates through a fair assessment system. To this end, we have four basic skills assessment systems (see attached document), the mixing of assessment scores to prevent unnecessary retesting and the adjustment of the math basic skills assessment based on experience and research. The new passing scores are:
Candidates should not re-take the test if they have already achieved a passing score under the new standards.
As of July 25, 2016. The Passed/Not Passed status for all candidates who have already tested since the inception of the test will be updated in their personal account on the PECT website (PECT ‘My Account’). Candidates with a scaled score from 193 to 219 on PAPA Module 2 will have their status changed from "Not Passed" to "Passed."
Individuals who have now passed can contact the Bureau through the call center, help desk or live chat if that is the only requirement remaining for certification.
ETS has already taken all steps necessary to score and report on the new math scores.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has recalculated the composite score for each series as follows:
Students must pass the Reading, Writing and Math portions of the PAPA or CORE prior to student teaching or he/she will not be permitted to begin their student teaching semester.
Older basic skills tests, such as the PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, are accepted if taken at the time they were required in Pennsylvania. Refer to the testing CSPG 21 for more information about replaced tests. Students who meet either requirement shall be exempt from taking the PAPA/CORE exam. Those who do not must take and pass the PAPA or the CORE examination. Candidates using the SAT or the ACT Plus Writing to meet the basic skills examination requirement may have test scores submitted officially to the Division of Certification Services at the following address:
Division of Certification Services
Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Leadership and Teacher Quality
333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
The score report must arrive in an unopened envelope from the test vendor and be submitted with the TIMS application coversheet. The company will not send the scores directly to PDE. PDE cannot accept opened copies.
Education majors are required to complete at least 190 hours of field experience before student teaching. This is done through your coursework. You are also highly encouraged to seek out other opportunities through community service and/or internships.
Disclaimer: We cannot endorse, supervise or monitor your involvement in any of these activities. Good judgment is required.
Possible internships include:
The Praxis Series™ tests are required for all Secondary Education majors.
ETS has revised the following tests using a standard setting committee and has established updated test codes, effective 2013/14.
English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038)
Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
Additional Praxis Series™ Materials
The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) are required for all Early Childhood/Special Education majors.
All Education majors are required to complete an ePortfolio and three-ring binder portfolio as part of the EDUC 220/ECE 420 - Integrated Instructional Systems course. Students use this requirement to market his/her skills upon graduation. Questions or comments can be directed to Dr. Hazlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.