Individuals entering the teaching profession in Kentucky and many other states must pass the Praxis examination as part of the teacher licensing and certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.
WKU’s regional campus in Elizabethtown recently offered a two-day workshop for faculty and for future teachers who will be required to take the exam. The presenter at the workshop was Dr. Jim Jackson, consultant from Educational Testing Services who created the Praxis Series™ assessments for educators.
Day one was entitled Faculty Focus – Supporting Praxis Test Takers. This full day workshop was for faculty to gain a deeper understanding of the Praxis tests and how they can better prepare students for the assessments. It provided insights, strategies, and tools to analyze data from score reports. Faculty from both WKU-Elizabethtown and the Elizabethtown Community & Technical College attended.
Day two was entitled Candidate Awareness for Praxis II. A total of 17 students who are future teachers in elementary and middle grades education attended this workshop. Day two focused on test specifications and descriptions, study guides and individual study plans, practice tests, and strategies for success.
“This was time well spent for our faculty and will be very beneficial for our students. We are always excited to provide the necessary tools for their success,” said Gena Jeffries, an instructor in WKU’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction. Jeffries organized the workshops.
WKU-Elizabethtown is the only college or university in Kentucky to offer such a workshop to help both faculty and future teachers prepare for the Praxis examination. Based on this year’s success, WKU will plan to hold more of these workshops in the future.
Contact: Stacey Biggs at (270) 745-1926.