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Re: Educator Assessment Exams


From: Susan Bennett (sbennett_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 21:44:09 PDT

Hi, I am not from Colorado, but in Ohio we have a Praxis exam that educators
must take, general and then in their field of study. An art education
professor here in Dayton Ohio developed a small website with a study method
to practise for our Praxis exams . This is only the art part . The address
for the site is .
See if this is at all practical for you . Susan in Ohio
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Date: Monday, July 02, 2001 11:27 PM
Subject: Educator Assessment Exams

>Hi All,
>I have been a lurker for the past six months. I finally feel like I have
>something to contribute or at least ask for your opinions. Here in
>graduates with teaching credentials in hand are still required to take and
>pass an assessment exam before they can teach in their own classroom. I
>my Bachelor degree in Art in which I received almost 18 years ago. Since
>graduating I have worked in the corporate world as a graphic designer for
>engineering firm in California. A year and a half ago I started working at
>my children's school here in Colorado as an instructional aide. It was
>that I learned about the Alternative Teacher License Program. This program
>allows graduates with Bachelor degrees to teach without a teaching
>credential. The requirements are that they have their Bachelor degree in
>their field, work experience in the same field, and to pass the PLACE test
>(assessment). Upon acceptance into the program the candidate would have a
>small group of mentors to meet with on a regular basis. It is hands-on
>experience or student teaching for a whole school year. Last December, I
>quit my aide position and became a substitute teacher. I always accepted
>art positions. It is in the art classroom that I feel the most
>I have been lucky that the art teachers have left wonderful plans. I have
>learned so much in such a short time.
>Now that you have some of my background, here are my questions to all of
>1. Are there any fellow Coloradans who have gone through this experience?
>In the various states that all of you reside in, were you required to take
>such an assessment exam? 3. Could you recommend any books to help me study
>for this exam? I have taken this exam three times and have not passed it
>just a few points. I have never been a great test taker. The art history
>hangs my up every time as well as the appropriate projects for certain
>grades. Anything will help. I even checked with the various universitites
>for study groups without much luck.
>Many thanks to everyone for your wonderful posts. I have learned so much.
>Beth in Colorado