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 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.
Minimum scores needed to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators are:
- Math 150
- Reading 156
- Writing 162
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.
Praxis II ®
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):
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:
- Online at the Praxis Series website using a credit card
- 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.
Candidate Performance Data: Annual Praxis II Summary Reports
- 2009-2010 Praxis II Summary Report
- 2010-2011 Praxis II Summary Report
- 2011-2012 Praxis II Summary Report
- 2012-2013 Praxis II Summary Report
- 2013-2014 Praxis II Summary Report
- 2014-2015 Praxis II Summary Report
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Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment
The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA) measures knowledge and skills needed for research-based literacy instruction. The ICLA contains three sections: (1) Structure of Language, (2) Comprehension, and (3) Assessment. 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 three sections of the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (I. Structure of Language, II. Comprehension, and III. Assessment). 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.
Standard I: The practicing educator has knowledge, strategies, and beliefs about language structures and literacy instruction that are based on current research and best practices to maximize student reading success.
Standard I PDF
Standard II: The practicing educator understands and applies/promotes research and best practices that maximize student reading success in comprehension.
Standard II PDF
Standard III: The practicing educator understands and promotes/applies appropriate strategies, multiple assessments, and interventions to maximize student reading success.
Standard III PDF
For the latest information and available testing dates visit the College of Education Main Administration office.
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).