NEW ALBANY, IN, (November 16, 2012)
The Indiana Department of Education has decided to replace ETS’s “Praxis 1” (Pre-Professional Skills Tests) with Pearson’s “CASA--Core Academic Skills Assessment”, starting in “summer, 2013”. No specific date has been announced, but IDOE says it will be no earlier than 7/1/2013. An announcement will be made following the IDOE board meeting in December.
Praxis 1 is one way candidates meet IN’s requirement that we only admit persons to the School of Education who demonstrate minimum competencies in Reading, Writing and Math. There are alternatives, so you may not need Praxis 1 or CASA at all:
See your advisor for details.
Candidates who have already passed all parts of Praxis 1 (or meet the above alternates) need not be concerned. IDOE’s long-standing policy (confirmed 11/1/12) has been that any passing score earned on a test that was valid when taken will be honored. Any candidate earning passing scores on Praxis 1 prior to 7/1/13 (or whenever IN discontinues Praxis 1) will have those scores honored by IDOE.
OUR CONCERN FOR YOU: Candidates who take the Praxis 1 tests near the transition deadline run the risk of not being able to re-take any parts of Praxis 1 that they might not have passed. We recommend that candidates take Praxis 1 early enough to allow for re-takes, or wait and take Pearson’s CASA, understanding that this may delay your application for admission.
Inquiries regarding Praxis/CASA testing should be directed to the Indiana Department of Education.