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Tool Name
Praxis III

Evaluation Type
Classroom Observations

Subject
All Subjects

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Formative
Summative

URL
http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/guidelines.pdf

Developer
This product was developed by ETS.

Product Description
Praxis III: Classroom Performance Assessments for Beginning Teachers comprises a system for assessing the skills of beginning teachers in their own classroom settings. Praxis III is used in teacher licensing decisions made by states or local agencies empowered to license teachers. Under the guidelines that govern its use, Praxis III may not be used for the purpose of making employment decisions about teachers who are already licensed. Praxis III is intended to be an open, public system. Its framework of knowledge and skills for beginning teachers emphasizes teacher decision making and the importance of student, school, and curricular context.

General Target Population Information
This product is intended for use in all classrooms without regard to context. It is used as a summative assessment for teacher initial licensure and as a formative assessment for identification of professional development needs.

Stage of Teacher Development
Primarily Novice Teacher

Users
Arkansas uses this measure for initial teacher licensure.

Research and Resources
Dwyer, C. A. (1998). Psychometrics of Praxis III: Classroom performance assessments. Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, 12(2),163–187.

Cost
The Arkansas State Department of Education pays approximately $500 per assessment for independent assessors, including travel reimbursement, because ETS requires a certified force of assessors. The subscription fee per license is approximately $5.

Contact Information

The Praxis Series is available from ETS.

ETS
The Praxis Series
P.O. Box 6051
Princeton, NJ 08541-6051

Overnight Mail:
ETS
The Praxis Series
Distribution and Receiving Center
225 Phillips Blvd., Ewing, NJ 08628-743
Phone: 800-772-9476
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7:45 p.m. (Eastern Time)


Support Available
Training for the assessor, called the Praxis III Assessor Training, is provided by an active ETS committee. ETS provides the Pathwise mentoring program and trains local veteran teachers to mentor new teachers. Other resources are also available.