Rule changes proposed for the Maine Department of Education, Rule Chapter 13, Qualifying Examinations for Teachers, Educational Specialists and Administrators, have been finally adopted.
The finally adopted version of the rule is available for viewing through the Maine Department of Education’s Proposed Rules and Rule Changes page. Scroll to Chapter 13 once on the page.
The final changes to Chapter 13 stem from the regular regeneration (revision) process employed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Each Praxis exam undergoes regeneration every five years. ETS conducts a multi-state standard setting study designed to assemble two separate groups of current practitioners who work for two to three days to review the validity and reliability of the test being regenerated. The end result is a recommended cut-off score that is deemed appropriate for the just qualified candidate. Several of the tests required by the Maine DOE were recently regenerated, so our current Chapter 13 must be updated to reflect these changes.
The final changes in Chapter 13 include new test codes, new test titles, recommended cut-off scores and language to allow old tests no longer being administered to be used for up to five years after which time only the new tests will be accepted.
The rule change became effective August 27, 2012.