Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Educator Licensure Testing Options

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Memo Number
LIC-20-043
Memo Date
5/7/2020
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Educator Effectiveness & Licensure
Regulatory Authority
NA
Response Required
NO
Attention
Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals

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                                                                  Educator Licensure Testing Options

 

Arkansas Testing Centers

 

Most testing centers in Arkansas are currently closed with re-opening dates planned for the upcoming

weeks or months. Several universities have test centers open but with limited seating and options. All

stand-alone Prometric test centers (Praxis®/School Leadership Series tests) are closed through May 31,

2020. Pearson VUE sites (Arkansas Foundations of Reading) opened May 1, 2020, as local guidance

permits.

 

See below for links to testing coronavirus (COVID-19) websites for the most up to date source of

information including open centers and registration links:

 

 https://www.ets.org/s/cv/praxis/the-americas/ - Praxis® Tests

 http://www.ar.nesinc.com/Home.aspx - Foundations of Reading Test

 

Praxis®  Test at Home Solution

 

In response to test centers being closed due to the COVID-19 situation, Educational Testing Services is

launching the Praxis®  test at home in mid-May. Information will be available on the ETS website

beginning May 15 at https://www.ets.org/praxis.

 

Information includes:

  • ·      Multiple security measures that use both live remote proctors for real-time human monitoring and artificial intelligence technology from ProctorU®, an online proctoring site
  • ·       A convenient and safe option for testing at home while test centers are closed due to the coronavirus
  • ·       Computer equipment checklist for the test taker to use prior to registration
  • ·       Praxis® at Home website and test registration available May 15, 2020
  • ·       First test application date May 18, 2020
  • ·       Same scoring criteria, scoring process, and score scale, so scores can be accepted and used in the same way
  • ·       Same price to test takers as testing in a center
  • ·       Same test-taker friendly features, such as the ability to skip questions within a section, go back and change answers, and use an on-screen calculator

·       Highest volume of tests in first batch (top 30) available May 18, 2020, to include:

  • o   All Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5001) sub tests
  • o   All Praxis® Core tests
  • o   Math: Content Knowledge (5161)
  • o   Middle School Mathematics (5169)
  • o   Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications (5354)
  • Second batch (16 titles) available June 1, 2020, to include:
  • o   Professional School Counselor (5421)
  • o   Middle School English Language Arts (5047)
  • o   Middle School Science (5440)
  • o   Social Studies: Content and Interpretation (5086)
  • o   Physical Education: Content and Design (5095)
  • o   Computer Science (5652)
  • o   School Leaders Licensure Assessment (6990)
  •  
  • Identical in content, format, and on-screen experience to the version taken at a test center

 

Employees Hiring and Licensure Exceptions for the 2020-2021 School Year

 

Commissioner’s Memo LIC-20-038  details the options for districts hiring in the fall, especially for

candidates who may have had their testing options limited as a result of COVID-19.

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