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Licensure Assessments


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Praxis Assessments

Educational Testing Service (ETS) develops and produces the Praxis Series Assessments. These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills for beginning educators.

If you test in Arkansas, your score report will be sent automatically to the Arkansas Department of Education. If you test outside of Arkansas, select the Arkansas Department of Education (state code 7031) as a score recipient when you register or when you request an additional score report. 

For information about the Praxis Series Assessments and Arkansas educator licensure requirements, including test codes and Arkansas cut scores, visit Overview of Arkansas Testing Requirements. Information on testing fees, dates, and test center locations is available on the ETS website.


edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment and support system used to emphasize, measure, and support the skills and knowledge that all teachers need from the first day in the classroom. For more information, visit the edTPA website or consult your educator preparation provider. 
Note: passing scores on a pedagogical assessment are no longer a requirement for licensure; however, all first-time licensure programs must have an approved method to demonstrate pedagogical competence.  Check with your educator preparation provider for their approved method.

Foundations of Reading Assessment

The State Board of Education adopted the Foundations of Reading assessment for Elementary Education (k-6) and Special Education (K-12) licensure.  This test complies with Act 416 of 2017 that requires a person applying in those two licensure areas to pass a stand-alone assessment of the essential components of beginning reading instruction based on the science of reading.  For more information on the Foundations of Reading assessment including Arkansas cut score, visit the Arkansas Reading Assessment website or consult your educator preparation provider.


For more information, please contact:

Michael K. Rowland, Educator Preparation Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Educator Effectiveness/Licensure
4 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-682-1146
Fax: 501-682-5118

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