Praxis Information

Test Updates for Praxis™ and School Leadership
2009 – 2010

Five tests are emerging from the Praxis™ regeneration process to be administered for the first time in the 2009 – 2010 testing year. National Advisory Committees were convened and job analysis surveys were conducted for each of these tests.

Only one test, the new School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), required users to set new passing scores. Results of the Multi-state Standard Setting Study are available for new states wishing to adopt this test.

None of the four Praxis II® tests refreshed during the regeneration process will require standard setting studies.

Below is a summary of the changes made to each of the five tests. Contact your Client Relations Director if you have questions.

Library Media Specialist (0311)

The regenerated Library Media Specialist test will retain its current name, but have a new test code number, 0311. The test time and length are unchanged, keeping it a two-hour test with 120 single-selection, multiple-choice questions. Pretest questions will be included in the test. The reporting scale has changed from the NTE scale (250–990) to the Praxis scale (100–200).

Although the test content categories remain the same, the job analysis conducted by the National Advisory Committee and the national survey resulted in some changes to the test content. The new test will put slightly more emphasis on the teaching role of the Library Media Specialist. Content that focused on converting to automatic library systems has been diminished since that transition has been accomplished in all but a few small school libraries. Information on certification requirements for the Library Media Specialist has been eliminated as these vary from state to state.

Content categories

Approximate percent of test questions (new-0311)

Program Administration

18%

Collection Development

21%

Information Access & Delivery

21%

Learning & Teaching

28%

Professional Development, Leadership & Advocacy

12%


Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (0221)

Speech Communication was regenerated and given a new name, Speech Communication: Content Knowledge and a new test code number, 0221. The test time and length remain unchanged, keeping it a two-hour test with 120 single-selection, multiple-choice questions. Pretest questions will be included in the test. The reporting scale has changed from the NTE scale (250–990) to the Praxis scale (100–200).

The job analysis conducted by the National Advisory Committee and results of a national survey of the field did bring some changes to the content categories. Play Production was eliminated as a content category, but some content previously covered in that category (i.e., dramatic theory and criticism) has been incorporated into the Oral Interpretation and Performance Studies category. Foundational concepts were grouped into a newly created category entitled Communication Fundamentals. Content category percentages were adjusted to align with the results of the job analysis which supported an increase in the content area entitled Media and Their Influences.

Content categories

Approximate percent of test questions (new-0221)

Communication Fundamentals

11%

Interpersonal Communication

13%

Group Communication

13%

Public Speaking

18%

Media and Their Influences

13%

Oral Interpretation and Performance Studies

11%

Forensics: Competitive Speech and Debate

11%

Assessment and Evaluation Issues

10%


Music: Content Knowledge (0113)

The regenerated Music: Content Knowledge test retains both its current name and test code number. It is a two-hour test with 120 single-selection, multiple-choice questions. Pretest questions will be included in the test. The reporting scale (100–200) also remains the same.

In accordance with the job analysis survey findings, the proportion of history and theory items was reduced, while the proportion of questions addressing performance, pedagogy, professional issues and technology was increased. The most significant increase was made to the number of questions dealing with technology, increasing from approximately four questions in the previous form to 12 in the new. The new test specifications more explicitly demonstrate the alignment between test content and current standards in the field of music education.

Content categories

Approximate percent of test questions

Music History and Literature

14%

Theory and Composition

16%

Performance

23%

Pedagogy, Professional Issues and Technology

47%


Physical Education: Content Knowledge (0091)

The regenerated Physical Education: Content Knowledge test retains its current name and test code number. It remains a two-hour test with 120 single-selection, multiple-choice questions. Pretest questions will be included in the test. The reporting scale (100–200) remains the same.

The job analysis conducted by the National Advisory Committee and the national survey of the field did not call for a significant change in what is assessed. However, the Committee made some changes in how the content specifications were organized. Content is now grouped into categories that allow candidates and score users to identify the alignment of test content with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) National Standards for Beginning Physical Education Teachers.

Content categories

Approximate percent of test questions

Content Knowledge and Student Growth and Development

30%

Management, Motivation and Communication

25%

Planning, Instruction and Student Assessment

25%

Collaboration, Reflection and Technology

20%

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