500 teachers sitting PRAXIS I test today
More than 500 public school teachers are today taking the Praxis I test, which Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says “is a basic competency test for teachers.” Held at Tafuna High School, there are two sessions for today’s test.
As reported previously by Samoa News the test is for public school teachers who have never taken this exam before and results of this data will be used as part of the DOE’s profile for each teacher. This is part of the DOE’s plan to have all teachers hold a Bachelor of Education degree by the year 2016.
Following this testing, DOE “will finalize the training program for teachers during the summer to ensure that teachers are well prepared, in math reading writing — which is the Praxis 1,” Vaitinasa told House members last month, adding that the test “also paves the way for a teacher to enter the teacher education program officered” by the American Samoa Community College or the University of Hawai’i College of Education Cohort program.
Early this year, Vaitinasa told Samoa News that a combined passing score of 170 points of the PRAXIS I Reading, Writing and Math, is one of the “rites of passage" criteria to be admitted to the UH Cohort program for Year 3 and Year 4 coursework leading to a Bachelor of Education degree.
According to the director, it’s estimated the 500-plus tests will cost the DOE close to $40,000, as each test is $75 per person. However, should teachers need to re-sit PRAXIS I, they will pay the second sitting out of their own pockets, she said.