Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Passing Praxis II: Principals of Learning and Teaching

 I would like to let you know that there is a NEW test that is added to all subject areas called Principals of Learning and Teaching (PLT).  According to ETS.org they state, "Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Tests. These assessments measure your general pedagogical knowledge at four grade levels: Early Childhood, K–6, 5–9, and 7–12. These tests feature constructed-response and multiple-choice items." (pg6. of http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/01361.pdf)

So, If you have not taken your Praxis II exam already be prepared to take your PLT test as well.  Each state has their own requirements. Take for example Maryland requires Elementary Ed. Praxis II (k-6) (5015) to have a passing score of 161 on the praxis exam and a 160 on the PLT (0622).  Keep in mind the PLT is an additional $90.

However, Maryland tests does not resume until November of this year.  After digging around I found out that the two tests are complete different from Praxis (0012) and Praxis (0014) by causing the test taker to think about the theorists and other effective ways to teach the student(s).

Once again, the state is raising the bar for well qualified teachers (whatever that means).  As an educator you know that tests usually does not measure ones understanding of a particular subject.  However, ETS and Maryland are leaning more towards a BRC type of test to see what is really on your mind about a particular case study/ situation.

Let me know what are your thoughts about this new evaluation.

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