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Assessment Office

 

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College of Education Assessment Office

The Assessment Office handles daily operations associated with assessment and accreditation for educator preparation programs in the College of Education Key functions of the Assessment Office include:

  • Ensures that the college and its departments comply with the assessment standards of relevant accrediting bodies, including the Council for the Accreditation Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
  • Serve as a resource for updated assessment-related information associated with AAQEP, Middle States, and the Specialized Professional Associations (SPAs) 鈥 e.g., National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Council for Exceptional Children, etc.
  • Analyze and compile data from campus systems, internal databases, and the LiveText portfolio system to support ongoing assessment, accreditation, and program improvements.
  • Maintain program and College-level data for all professional educator programs.
  • Assist programs with data collection and program reporting associated with the Middle States Learning Outcomes Assessment Plans.
  • Overseeing the ongoing development and implementation of the College鈥檚 LiveText Assessment and Accreditation Management system
  • Collaborate with the College鈥檚 edTPA Office to provide ongoing coordination and logistical support.
  • Oversee survey operations and compile course evaluation data to research its teacher preparation and other programs.
  • Prepare the Title II, AAQEP Annual Report, Middle States, Traditional Program Annual Report (TPAR), US News & World report submission, and other external data reports. 
  • Convene and provide assessment data for college-wide and district committees.
  • Leverage partnerships for professional development schools and K-12 teacher 含羞草研究所.
  • Manage, collaborate, and/or assist with the Middle College Program and its initiatives 
  • Manage Atlas Case Study CoE subscriptions and assist faculty as needed.

PRAXIS

General Information

The Praxis庐 exams are a series of tests to measure the academic skills and subject-specific content knowledge needed for teaching. Individuals must pass the exams or an equivalent assessment to become certified through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and enter the teaching profession. The exams fall into two categories:

  • Praxis庐 Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) 鈥 comprehensive assessments that measure candidates鈥 skills and content knowledge entering teacher preparation programs
  • Praxis庐 Subject Assessments 鈥 tests that measure general and subject-specific content knowledge that you need for beginning teaching.

Please refer to the for eligibility standards, certification requirements, passing score thresholds, and reciprocity agreements. The following links provide greater detail into each aspect of the examination process.

Online Praxis Testing

ETS offers an at-home Praxis testing option for test takers who live in the United States, its territories, or in Canada. They're identical to tests taken at a test center and on your computer at home or another secure location. Before your appointment, your testing area must meet the environmental requirements set by ETS.  All at-home tests are monitored online by a human proctor. At-home testing is available 7 days a week.

Available Test Titles:

  • Over 100 Praxis tests are available for at-home (including Praxis Core and Praxis Subject Tests). 
  • if your program鈥檚 required test is available.

Electronic Equipment:

  • You may use a desktop or laptop computer to take your exam.
    • You can't use a tablet, Chromebook鈩, or mobile device.
  • Use an approved operating system, which must be licensed. Unlicensed or test-mode versions are not permitted.
    • PC: Windows庐 operating system, version 10 or higher
    • MAC庐: Mac OS庐 X 10.13 or higher
  • Use the Chrome庐 browser.
  • Multiple monitors, use of more than one mouse or keyboard, and dual screens are prohibited.
  • Speaker: 
    • Use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor. Headsets or earphones aren't allowed
  • Microphone: 
    • Use an internal or external microphone that isn't part of a headset to talk to the proctor
  • Camera: 
    • Can be a built-in camera or a separate webcam 
    • Camera must be movable to show the proctor a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test

Environment and testing space:

  • You must be alone in a room with no one else entering during the test
  • Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface clear of all items not approved for use during the test.
  • You must sit in a standard chair; you can't sit or lie on a bed, couch, or overstuffed chair.
  • Food and drink aren't allowed during the test.

Testing Materials:

  • You may not take notes on regular paper for security purposes. You may use one of the following to take notes:
    • One small desktop whiteboard with an erasable marker
    • One sheet of paper inside a transparent sheet protector with an erasable marker.

Dress and Attire:

  • Dress appropriately for your test. You'll be monitored via camera by the proctor
  • Face masks may not be worn during check-in or any part of the at-home testing session.
  • Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat, or other items. Religious headwear is permitted if your ears remain visible during the test.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry. Engagement and wedding rings are allowed

In-Person Praxis Testing

The active Praxis testing location sites in Maryland are listed below:

 

City

Address

Baltimore

LAM UAS Tech Support Lab, APCU-8398, 1501 S Clinton St.

Baltimore

Baltimore - South Clinton Street (2), APCN-3502, 1501 South Clinton Street

Baltimore

Baltimore - South Clinton Street, APCN-5001, 1501 South Clinton Street

Baltimore

Internal Production India TQ Surpass Lab, APCN-9740, 1501 South Clinton St.

Baltimore

GCC Virtual Lab, APCN-9726, DO NOT USE TEST LAB

Baltimore

Account Management UAS: 12th Floor Lab, APCU-8967, 1501 South Clinton

Bethesda

Washington DC - Bethesda, APCN-3512, 8120 Woodmont Avenue

Bethesda

Washington DC - Bethesda, APCN-0091, 8120 Woodmont Avenue

Bowie

Bowie State University, STN14879A, 14000 Jericho Park Road

Bowie

Bowie State University, STN14879B, 14000 Jericho Park Road

College Park

ETS - 含羞草研究所, APCN-7571, 2112 Shoemaker Building

Columbia

Baltimore - Columbia, APCN-0084, 6304 Woodside Court

Frederick

Frederick Community College, STN14691A, Linganore Hall Testing Center, Room 104

Frostburg

ETS - Frostburg State Univ., APCN-7751, Frostburg State University

Hagerstown

Hagerstown Community College, STN14799A, Academic Testing Center-LRC 322

Hanover (21076)

Anne Arundel Community College, STN15060A, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle

Hyattsville (20785)

Washington DC - Landover, APCN-3514, 4301 Garden City Dr.

Nottingham (21236)

PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE - Technical Support Lab, APCN-9998, 7941 Corporate Drive

Salisbury (21804)

Prometric Test Center, APCN-3501, 1336 Belmont Ave. Suite 501B

Salisbury (21804)

Prometric Test Center, APCN-3519, 240 Tilghman Rd.

Towson (21286)

Baltimore - Towson, APCN-0092, 8601 LaSalle Road.

The following information is updated and should replace the previous content.

City

Address

Baltimore

LAM UAS Tech Support Lab, APCU-8398, 1501 S Clinton St.

Baltimore

Baltimore - South Clinton Street (2), APCN-3502, 1501 South Clinton Street

Baltimore

Baltimore - South Clinton Street, APCN-5001, 1501 South Clinton Street

Baltimore

Internal Production India TQ Surpass Lab, APCN-9740, 1501 South Clinton St.

Baltimore

GCC Virtual Lab, APCN-9726, DO NOT USE TEST LAB

Baltimore

Account Management UAS: 12th Floor Lab, APCU-8967, 1501 South Clinton

Bethesda

Washington DC - Bethesda, APCN-3512, 8120 Woodmont Avenue

Bethesda

Washington DC - Bethesda, APCN-0091, 8120 Woodmont Avenue

Bowie

Bowie State University, STN14879A, 14000 Jericho Park Road

Bowie

Bowie State University, STN14879B, 14000 Jericho Park Road

College Park

ETS - 含羞草研究所, APCN-7571, 2112 Shoemaker Building

Columbia

Baltimore - Columbia, APCN-0084, 6304 Woodside Court

Frederick

Frederick Community College, STN14691A, Linganore Hall Testing Center, Room 104

Frostburg

ETS - Frostburg State Univ., APCN-7751, Frostburg State University

Hagerstown

Hagerstown Community College, STN14799A, Academic Testing Center-LRC 322

Hanover (21076)

Anne Arundel Community College, STN15060A, 7009 Arundel Mills Circle

Hyattsville (20785)

Washington DC - Landover, APCN-3514, 4301 Garden City Dr.

Lab-Woodlawn (21244)

Test Lab - DO NOT SCHEDULE, APCN-9967, 3110 Timanus Lane

Nottingham (21236)

PLEASE DO NOT SCHEDULE - Technical Support Lab, APCN-9998, 7941 Corporate Drive

Salisbury (21804)

Prometric Test Center, APCN-3501, 1336 Belmont Ave. Suite 501B

Salisbury (21804)

Prometric Test Center, APCN-3519, 240 Tilghman Rd.

Towson (21286)

Baltimore - Towson, APCN-0092, 8601 LaSalle Road.

Some test centers require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within a specific time frame before testing. Check with your local test center for a complete list of required health and safety procedures.
 

What to Bring:

  • Admission ticket
  • Acceptable, valid photo ID
  • Calculator, if allowed for your test
  • Acceptable face mask or covering, if required
  • If you require any health-related accommodations, you must 
     

Check-In:

  • Arrive 30 minutes before your testing time for check-in procedures.
  • Plan to be there up to an hour longer than the actual test duration.
  • An administrator or supervisor will check you in and assign your seat.
  • During check in, you can expect the staff to conduct routine visual inspections, take your picture, and check your ID, among other things.
  • You'll be instructed to store any personal items not permitted in the testing room in a locker or on-site storage area. You won't have access to them during your test except for food, beverages, and medication, which may be accessed during a break.
     

Disabilities Accommodation Requests
Please submit all disability accommodation requests and supporting documents electronically to ensure that ETS can receive your application. Due to limited staffing, there could be delays in processing accommodation requests.  Submit via yourSee  for resources for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs.   

Praxis test preparation

  • Praxis has partnered with Study.com to provide discounts on high-quality Praxis prep for over 60 test titles.
  • These materials include a 4-month access to tools such as diagnostics, video lessons, study guides, chapter quizzes, and practice tests.
  • Save 25% on the Official Praxis Test Prep suite through this partnership for $180.
    • The Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers interactive practice exams for $19.95 per test. Each Interactive Practice Test lasts for a 90-day subscription or 10 uses, whichever comes first. 
    • Free webinars with in-depth information and demonstration
    • The Praxis庐 Learning Paths鈩 Program is a new, online, asynchronous way to prepare for the Praxis庐 tests.
    • Current Praxis Learning Paths Products:
      • Elementary Mathematics Course. Tests this course covers:
        • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Mathematics subtest (code: 5003)
        • The Mathematics section of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test (5018)
        • Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle Mathematics subtest (5903)
      • Elementary Reading and Language Arts Course
        • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Reading and Language Arts subtest (5002)
        • Reading and Language Arts section of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test (5018)
      • Elementary Social Studies Course
        • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Social Studies subtest (5004)
        • Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle Social Studies subtest (5904)
        • Social Studies section of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test (5018)
      • Elementary Science Course
        • Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects Science subtest (5005)
        • Elementary Education: Three Subject Bundle Science subtest (5905)
        • The science section of the Elementary Education: Content Knowledge test (5018)
    • Free and fee-based Praxis test prep resources
       

The School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA)
The School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam tests explicitly for certification as an Administrator II (principal). Click the following link for more information.

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GRE Overview

The GRE General Test is a standardized aptitude test that reflects what kind of thinking you may do in a graduate program. It measures your skills in Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing.

GRE Exam Testing Updates

  • The GRE General and Subject Tests are both available in test centers and at-home.
  • Beginning September 22, 2023, the GRE General Test will be shortened from 4 hours long to just under 2 hours long.
    • There are 46 fewer Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning questions for a total of 27 Verbal Reasoning and 27 Quantitative Reasoning questions.
  • GRE Discounts
    • Use code GRE602023 to get $60 off test registration through September 20, 2023.
    • Use code GRE502023 to get $50 off a retest through December 31, 2023.

Here is some pertinent information in regards to GRE test preparation:

  • To learn more about the at home test, register for an or visit the web pages forand .
  • The GRE Program has introduced free for advisors and educators who conduct workshops with students.
  • to find current available seats for the GRE exams.
  • GRE .
  • for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.
  • ETS is posting videos, developing registration checklists, and hosting Facebook Live Events in order to help test takers understand the new online testing process.
  • Students can access free directly on the GRE website.

 

ACTFL

Applicants seeking certification in a world language may meet the testing requirement by presenting qualifying scores on the Praxis II Content Assessment for the specific language or by presenting qualifying scores on the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) for that language.

World language graduates of approved teacher preparation programs are not required to take the Praxis pedagogy test 5841. The requirement is only for candidates completing certification through transcript analysis or alternative preparation programs.

World language students must complete either the OPI and Praxis II Content Knowledge or the OPI and the WPT. Candidates taking Latin have an exemption from the OPI and WPT exams. MSDE has yet to set a cut-off score for Italian due to the low number of program completers. Students taking Italian complete the OPI and WPT, an approved alternative.

To meet ACTFL requirements, UMD candidates MUST achieve specific scores on the OPI that exceed MSDE's requirements: UMD candidates must speak in the interpersonal mode at a minimum level of "Advanced Low" (French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish) or "Intermediate High" (Chinese) on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI). 
 

Test Name

鈥婼ubject Area

鈥婱SDE Passing Score

UMD Required Passing Score

Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish & Korean

 

Intermediate High

 

Advanced Low

Chinese

Intermediate High

Intermediate High

Computer Delivered

鈥婣rabic, French, German, Mandarin, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish & Korean

 

鈥婭ntermediate High

 

Advanced Low

Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish & Korean

 

Intermediate High

 

Intermediate High

 

Language Subject Area

Praxis Subtests

MSDE Passing Score

French PreK-12

World Languages: French
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5174
5841

162
158

German PreK-12

World Languages: German
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5183
5841

163
158

Latin PreK-12

Latin
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5601
5841

152
158

Spanish PreK-12

World Language: Spanish
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5195
5841

168
158

Chinese Mandarin PreK-12

Chinese (Mandarin)
World Languages: Pedagogy***

5665
5841

165
158

TRE Exam Notes

The Teaching Reading: Elementary Education (TREE) is a Praxis subject assessment designed to measure the knowledge and skills a teacher must have to support reading development at the elementary level. It reflects the five essential components of effective reading instruction, as identified by the National Reading Panel and informed by the most current research and scientifically proven methods of reading pedagogy. 

The current incarnation of the exam received MSDE adoption on July 1, 2019, for teachers in the following content areas.

 

Content Area

Passing Scores

Early Childhood Education PreK-3

159

Elementary Education 1-6

159

ESOL PreK-12

159

Special Education Infant-3/1-8/6-Adult

159

Reading**

159

**Professional certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special 含羞草研究所 at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the reading coursework renewal requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the above Praxis subject assessment.

 

 

Students will use LiveText to complete their edTPA portfolio and document their performance on the Technical Standards/Foundational Competencies and the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards. For more information visit the College of Education LiveText webpage.

Please complete this form for requests, data, projects, and assistance from the Assessment Team .

Contact Information:

Ebony Terrell Shockley, Executive Director of Teacher Educationassessmentoffice@umd.edu
Donna North, Assessment Analystdnnorth@umd.edu
Christopher Cooks, Assistant Director of  Assessmentcacooks@umd.edu
Stacy Currie, edTPA Coordinatorstacyrp@umd.edu
Sonya Riley, Manager, School & Program Partnerships 
 
smercer1@umd.edu