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TO MODIFY CERTAIN PASSING SCORES AND TO ADOPT ADDITIONAL PRAXIS II TESTS AS A PRECONDITION FOR INITIAL CERTIFICATION

WHEREAS, by resolutions of October 10, 2002, May 8, 2003, and other Resolutions from time to time, the Alabama State Board of Education has adopted various tests from the ACT WorkKeys skills assessments and minimum passing scores as conditions for initial teacher certification in the state of Alabama; and

WHEREAS, by resolutions of April 14, 2005, February 9, 2006, October 12, 2006, December 14, 2006, March 8, 2007, July 10, 2012, 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, under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, all elementary, middle, and secondary teachers of core academic subjects in Alabama must be “highly qualified” to teach the grade levels and subjects they teach; and

WHEREAS, the Praxis II subject-area tests are suitable means by which teachers may demonstrate their “highly qualified” status through the means of a “rigorous test” of content knowledge; 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, certain additional Praxis II tests are needed in non-academic core areas;

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 and that the State Superintendent of Education is hereby directed to take any and all actions necessary to implement this resolution.

Discontinued Test Former Passing Score New or Replacement Test Recommended Passing Score for New or Replacement Test Effective Date
0070 Chemistry, Physics, and General Science 560 0245/5245 Chemistry Content Knowledge
and 0265/5265 Physics: Content Knowledge
or 0435/5435 General Science: Content Knowledge
0245/5245 150
0265/5265 138
0435/5435 147
September 1, 2013
0041/5041 English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Knowledge 151 5038 English Language Arts: Content Knowledge 147 September 1, 2013
0061/5061 Mathematics: Content Knowledge 126 5161 Mathematics: Content Knowledge 145 September 1, 2013
0049/5049 Middle School English Language Arts 148 5047 Middle School English Language Arts 146 September 1, 2013
0069 Middle School Mathematics 149 5169 Middle School Mathematics 148 September 1, 2013
0390 Psychology 550 0391/5391 Psychology 149 September 1, 2013
0550 Health Education 580 5551 Health Education 145 September 1, 2013


Done this 9th day of July 2013