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Praxis and ICLA

Praxis Core

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educator test measures of basic literacy skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. They are pre-professional skills tests that are used to determine whether teacher candidates possess the academic skills needed for program entry and career success.

Tests are given at the ISU Counseling and Testing Center, which is located in Graveley Hall, Building 15, Room 351. The tests given at the Pocatello center are computer-based only.

To register, visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) online or call the toll free line at 1-800-853-6773. You may enter your zip code and may take the test at your closest testing center. Please be sure to select ISU as the college to receive your test scores. When registering, payment for the test(s) must be made with a credit card.

Unofficial reading and math scores will be received immediately. All other official scores will be mailed within 3-4 weeks.

 

Praxis II

Other Information

Minimum scores needed to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators are:

  • Math 162
  • Reading 168
  • Writing 165

For more information about taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam, read the Frequently Asked Questions guide.

Study and preparation are strongly encouraged for the test. A study guide can be purchased at the ISU Bookstore, online through Educational Testing Service or your favorite retailer. General information and study tips can be found on the ETS website. The College of Education Student Advising Center and the ISU Center for Teaching and Learning (Student Success Center) can also help with the writing portion.

NOTE: First-time Praxis scores that do not meet the minimum score requirement must be retaken. Second-time Praxis scores that do not meet minimum requirements must schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Student Advising Center to discuss options.

Those with financial can apply for a fee waiver. For more information contact Educational Testing Service on the web or on the phone at 866-387-8602.

Those with a documented disability or those for whom English is not their primary language may receive accommodations for taking the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators. Contact ETS directly for details.

 

The Praxis II tests are a series of achievement tests that assess subject-matter knowledge and principles of learning and teaching. Consistent with the rules of the Idaho State Board of Education, all graduates from the Idaho State University College of Education recommended for initial Idaho certification must obtain the required passing score on the Praxis II Content Test(s) in each subject area for which they are being recommended for certification. The Idaho State Board of Education requires all candidates recommended for State of Idaho teacher certification to meet qualifying scores on the Praxis II Subject Area Test(s) in their teaching field(s).

The following is the list of qualifying test scores (also available in the College of Education Main Administration office):

Idaho Praxis II Qualifying Scores

Candidates must take and pass the required Praxis II test(s) in their major and minor teaching areas prior to student teaching. Candidates must also take and pass the required Praxis II test(s) for any additional endorsement areas for which they wish to be recommended at the time certification.

Test registration options include:

  1. Online at the Praxis Series website using a credit card
  2. The Praxis Series Bulletin available at the ISU Counseling & Testing Center located in Graveley Hall. Complete and mail in the registration form.

Allow 3 weeks for processing. Testing and registration dates are available from the ISU Counseling & Testing Center.

For additional information please refer to the Praxis Series Bulletin.

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Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment

The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) measures the knowledge and skills needed for research-based literacy instruction.  The ICLA contains three sections: (1) Structure of Language, (2) Comprehension, (3) Assessment and (4) Writing Process and Knowledge. Each section is administered as a separate exam.

Additionally, consistent with the rules of the Idaho State Board of Education, all Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Education graduates from the Idaho State University College of Education recommended for the initial Idaho certification must obtain passing scores on all four sections of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (I. Structure of Language, II. Comprehension, III. Assessment and IV. Writing Process and Knowledge). 

All Secondary Education graduates from the Idaho State University College of Education recommended for the initial Idaho certification must obtain passing scores on sections II and IV of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (II. Comprehension and IV. Writing Process and Knowledge). 

Qualifying scores are also a graduation requirement for these teacher preparation programs. If pre-service teachers do not pass all sections the first time, only those sections without the required score must be retaken.

ICLA Study Guide Introduction

 

ICLA Standards

Standard I: The teacher demonstrates knowledge of the following foundational concepts, including but not limited to: emergent literacy, concepts of print, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, phonics, word recognition, fluency, linguistic development, English language acquisition, and home-to-school literacy partnerships. In addition, the candidate demonstrates the ability to apply concepts using research-based best practices in lesson planning and literacy instruction.

Standard I Concepts and Competencies

Standard II: The teacher demonstrates knowledge of fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension strategies. The teacher demonstrates the ability to apply these components by using research-based best practices in all aspects of literacy and/or content area instruction. This includes the ability to: analyze the complexity of text structures; utilize a variety of narrative and informational texts from both print and digital sources; and make instruction accessible to all, including English Language Learners.

Standard II Concepts and Competencies Guide

Standard III: The teacher understands, interprets, and applies informal and formal literacy assessment concepts, strategies, and measures. The teacher uses assessment data to inform and design differentiated literacy instruction. In addition, the teacher demonstrates the ability to use appropriate terminology in communicating pertinent assessment data to a variety of stakeholders.

Standard III Concepts and Competencies Guide

Standard IV: The teacher incorporates writing in his/her instructional content areas(s). The teacher understands, models, and instructs the writing process, including but not limited to: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The teacher structures frequent, authentic writing opportunities that encompass a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. The teacher incorporates ethical research practices using multiple resources. The teacher fosters written, visual, and oral communication in a variety of formats.

 Standard IV Concepts and Competencies Guide

Testing Dates

ICLA Testing Dates

For the questions or more information about available testing dates contact the Kent Center at 208-282-2783 or edadvise@isu.edu

 

Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course

The online Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (ICLC) will meet the needs of individuals that have their teacher certification and are required by Idaho State Department of Certification to either complete the ICLC course or successfully complete the ICLA (Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment) examinations (3). For more information contact iclc@isu.edu.

Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course