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Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading (5712); Writing (5722); and Mathematics (5732) require a passing score for each of the three subtests. There is not a composite passing score for the assessments. If a passing score is not obtained on each subtest, a subtest may be retaken as a stand-alone test. On June 27, 2013, the Virginia Board of Education approved the following passing scores (raw scores). The passing scaled scores associated with the passing raw scores are provided in the following table:

Test

Board Approved Passing Scores

Effective Date

Raw Score

Scaled Score

Praxis Core Academic Skills for

Educators: Reading (5712)

1 out of 50 points

156

January 1, 2014

Praxis Core Academic Skills for

Educators: Writing (5722)

4 out of 70 points

162

January 1, 2014

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (5732)

29 out of 50 points

150

January 1, 2014

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading (5712); Writing (5722); and Mathematics (5732) require a passing score for each of the three subtests. There is not a composite passing score for the assessments.

 Substitute Tests for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests:

On June 27, 2013, the Board of Education approved currently approved SAT and ACT substitute tests and passing scores as substitute tests for the basic skills entry assessment to be accepted until comparison studies using the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests: Reading (5712); Writing (5722); and Mathematics (5732) can be completed.

SAT as a Substitute Test

The Board of Education approved the use of the SAT® as a substitute test for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) and the following scores until comparison studies can be completed.

SAT Taken Prior to April 1, 1995 -- a score of 1000 with at least 450 on the verbal and 510 on the mathematics tests;

SAT Taken After April 1, 1995 -- a score of 1100 with at least 530 on the verbal and 530 on the mathematics tests as a substitute for Praxis I.

ACT as a Substitute Test

The Board of Education approved the use of the ACT as a substitute test for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) and the following scores until comparison studies can be completed.

ACT Taken Prior to April 1, 1995 -- a composite score of 21, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 21, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 37. [Please note that you must have taken and met passing scores for the ACT Mathematics and English Plus Reading tests. At one time, the English Plus Reading test was not offered.]

ACT Taken After April 1, 1995 - a composite score of 24, with the ACT mathematics score no less than 22, and an ACT English Plus Reading score no less than 46.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) as a Substitute Test (Reading & Writing Only)

On March 18, 2010, the Board approved a recommendation of the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure to allow the use of the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (Reading and Writing) as a substitute test for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests for individuals seeking entry into a teacher preparation program. This action of the Board does not impact the licensure assessments required for individuals seeking a teaching license. The Board of Education allows the use of a composite score of the Praxis Reading, Writing, and Mathematics tests to meet the Praxis I assessment requirement and the use of the SAT® and ACT® as substitute tests for Praxis I (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) for individuals seeking admission into a teacher preparation program. An individual choosing to use the VCLA (Reading and Writing) as an optional assessment for the Praxis I Reading and Writing tests will be required to meet 3 the Praxis I Mathematics assessment requirement (or equivalent SAT® or ACT® test scores). The cut scores for the VCLA prescribed by the Board of Education are as follows:

Writing Sub Test: 235

Reading Sub Test: 235

Composite Score: 470



 Additional Information

ODU Teacher Education Services Clearance Check Required for All Early Field Experience (Practicum) Placements

Old Dominion University candidates in approved professional educational programs [regardless of licensure or employment status] are required to provide a clearance check when registering for a course that requires a field experience. The clearance process can take up to eight weeks to complete. The clearance process includes fingerprinting, a social service/child protective service check, and a review of each candidate's name through the Virginia State Police: Sex Offender Registry. Individuals will receive a placement upon successful completion of the clearance process. Once a candidate is cleared, ODU will not require an additional clearance unless there is a break in attendance that requires the candidate to go through the reactivation process with the admissions office. More information.

Professional Teachers' Assessment Requirements for Virginia Licensure

The Virginia Department of Education has released this document that summarizes the tests that are required for initial licensure in Virginia. This document contains the official information on VCLA, RVE and Praxis II requirements, including cut scores: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/prof_teacher_assessment.pdf

Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) replaces the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA)

Effective July 1, 2011, the Virginia Department of Education will implement changes in the required reading assessments for certain endorsements. For teachers seeking an initial license with endorsements in Early/Primary Education PK-3, Elementary Education PK-6, Special Education - General Curriculum, Special Education - Hearing Impairments, and Special Education - Visual Impairments, the required reading assessment will be (5306) Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education (RVE).

Registration Information for the RVE assessments

RVE: Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum, Special Education Education-Hearing Impairments, and Special Education -Visual Impairments CODE 5306

Approved Scores by the Virginia Board of Education

RVE: Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum, Special Education Education-Hearing Impairments, and Special Education -Visual Impairments CODE 5306 approved passing score is 157.

For more information, visit ODU Teacher Education Services.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

The following website contains registration information, practice tests, test blueprints, study guides, previews, and score report explanations for the VCLA: http://www.va.nesinc.com/index.asp

Early Field (Practicum) Experiences

Please note that registration into any course requiring a practicum (e.g. SPED 415/515, 611, 618, 621, 623, 624,625, 626, 627, 628, 630, 631, 633, and 637) will require passing Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests scores or an equivalent to be placed on file with Teacher Education Services (Room 152, Education Building, (757) 683-3348). Individuals who request to use ACT or SAT scores for Praxis Core Tests must provide a copy of their official report of scores. The Division of Teacher Education and Licensure also will accept the ACT or SAT scores listed on an official student transcript from an accredited college or university (including the registrar's signature and institution raised seal). Individuals who hold Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional licenses must provide a photocopy of the license to Teacher Education Services. Requesting a field experience (practicum): Field Experience Request Forms must be submitted at time of registration. Students can complete the forms online at the TES website. ALL students must register at the TES website if they are completing a course with a practicum. If the student is teaching and will use his/her students to meet the practicum requirements, he/she must complete the "comments" section of the form with the following statement: "I am currently employed at ___________________ school as a __________________. I will do my practicum at my school. I do not need a placement." Applications and comments must be completed by the deadline for the semester.

Provisional Special Education Licensure

In the special education program at Old Dominion University, a single course (SPED 400/500 Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics) meets the course work (see 4. below) competencies specified by the Virginia Department of Education to be eligible for a provisional license in special education. The VISSTA Child Abuse and Neglect Training mandated by the Virginia Department of Education for initial licensure is also embedded in this course.

Provisional special education licensure in Virginia requires the following criteria. You must:

  1. Be employed by a Virginia public or nonpublic school as a special educator and have the recommendation of the employing educational agency;
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  3. Have an assigned mentor endorsed in special education; and
  4. Have a planned program of study in the assigned endorsement area, make progress toward meeting the endorsement requirements each of the three years of the license, and have completed coursework in the competencies of foundations for educating students with disabilities and an understanding and application of the legal aspects and regulatory requirements associated with identification, education, and evaluation of students with disabilities. A survey course integrating these competencies would satisfy this requirement. The Provisional License through this alternate route shall not be issued without the completion of these prerequisites (Virginia Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, 2007).

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Child Abuse and Neglect Training

The Child Abuse Recognition and Intervention Training required by the Virginia Department of Education for renewal or initial licensure is embedded in two of the special education program's courses: SPED 400/500 Foundations of Special Education: Legal Aspects and Characteristics AND SPED 413/513 Human Growth and Development. If you have transferred these courses into the program or wish to have an official certificate, you may complete the training via the VISSTA website.

Non-Degree Status

You will be able to take 12 hours (4 classes) of special education coursework as a non-degree-seeking student without being admitted to a program (master's degree, post-baccalaureate endorsement, or the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program. Once you have reached 12 hours, your account will be blocked from further registration until you have gained admittance into a program.

Rules for Non-Degree Status

Graduate students must receive permission from the Graduate Program Director before registering as a non-degree student. A maximum of 12 semester hours of non-degree graduate credit and transfer credit from other accredited institutions may be applied to a graduate degree at Old Dominion University (this limit is set by the Graduate Program Director for each program).

Undergraduate students are advised to take no more than 24 semester hours as non-degree students.

All students, degree and non-degree alike (including certificate, teacher licensure, and endorsement), must meet the continuance requirements as stated in the current University Catalog. The minimum grade point average for good standing for undergraduate students is 2.00, and the minimum for good standing for graduate students is 3.00 Failure to meet these requirements will subject students to probation or dismissal.

LiveText Web Based Portfolio System

All individuals seeking admission into any Teacher Education Program at Old Dominion University, upon enrolling/registering for their first education class, are required to purchase LiveText, the web-based portfolio assessment system approved by the ODU Teacher Education Council. In addition, any student taking a course in which the instructor requires LiveText will be required to purchase this system. This must be purchased either from the ODU bookstore or http://www.livetext.com/. More information on LiveText: http://education.odu.edu/livetext/



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