Basic Academic Skills Assessment (BASA) and Subject Area Testing Information

 

Please note: Advanced degrees do not meet the BASA or Subject Area Testing requirements. Test comparability determination is made by the Bureau of Credentialing. NH’s Administrative rules do not provide a pathway to certification that only requires testing. In addition to any BASA and Subject Area Testing requirements, candidates for licensure must meet the requirements for one of the pathways to licensure.

 

Test Center Closures due to Covid-19 and employment options

Please be advised the BoC cannot waive a test requirement nor can we issue a credential that requires a passing score on a test without documentation of such a score.

One of the consequences of the current Covid-19 situation in the U.S. is the temporary closure of both ETS Praxis and Pearson Foundations of Reading test centers. The Bureau of Credentialing (BoC) is aware of, and sympathetic to, the difficulty this creates for those in-state graduates and out of state applicants who have not yet taken and/or passed tests required for licensure.

Praxis at Home Testing/ Remote Praxis Testing

ETS will be releasing information around May 11, 2020 explaining their new testing option to enable testing candidates to take tests remotely instead of in a testing center. Below are answers to the most common questions. More information will be available from the ETS website around May 11, 2020.

When will testing be available? Where? Proctoring?
Test registration will open on May 15, 2020. Test delivery will start on May 18, 2020. Testing will only be open to candidates based in the US or its territories. Tests will be proctored remotely by live proctors as well as AI. ETS has used this system for 10+ years for other testing products it offers.

Which tests are available?
ETS is making their 30 most popular tests available to start including Praxis Core exams, Elementary Education exams, Many SPED exams, ESOL and several others. The full list will be posted on the ETS website. ETS anticipates adding another 10+ exams to the list in early June.

How do I register?
Exam candidates will register on the ETS website. The process is virtually identical and will include information on minimum equipment requirements and space/ environmental requirements.

What are the minimum computer specifications to test remotely? Other requirements?
Upon registration, ETS will work with the candidate to verify that their equipment and environment meet the criteria. The tests are only available at this time on Windows based computers and laptops. Other platforms and devices are not eligible including Macs (unless running Windows), tablets and phones. Additionally, the candidate will be required to show the proctor their testing space with a webcam prior to starting the test. Most other requirements are similar to what a candidate would encounter at a testing center. ETS will post a full list on its website.

Can I take the exam anywhere?
No. The exam must be taken in a private space. This can be a room at home or an office. If another person enters during the session, the exam will end immediately. The candidate will not be allowed to take notes on paper but can use an erasable white board.

What accommodations will be made for testing candidates with disabilities?
Accommodations are available. Candidates should contact ETS Disability Services directly for assistance.

What about Pearson Foundations of Reading and other non-ETS exams?
You may check the testing company’s website directly for updated information.

Is there a change to the In Process of Licensure Authorization (IPLA) process in place now?
There is no change at this time. Please contact the Bureau of Credentialing with further questions.

In order to facilitate the employment of in-state graduate and out of state applicants who have not yet passed a required tests, the potential employer has an option known as In Process of Licensure Authorization (IPLA).

In-state graduates: We are aware that some NH IHEs consider passing the content knowledge test(s) to be a condition for program completion and submission of institutional recommendation while other IHEs do not. Please be advised the NH PEPP program approval process does not mandate the former. Institutional recommendation is necessary in order for the candidate to be able to submit an application for licensure. An IHE’s choice to withhold a licensure recommendation until the candidate passes the required content knowledge test means that some of their program completers will not be eligible for the issuance of an IPLA unless the institution changes its practice and therefore may not be employable.

Those who may not yet meet licensure requirements (in-state graduates without a recommendation due to testing, Statement of Eligibility applicants and portfolio/oral board candidates who are unable to complete testing) may be employable under an Emergency Authorization (EA) if the candidate holds at least a conferred Bachelor’s degree.

ETS/Praxis Remote Testing Information (as of 12/2020)

What is Basic Academic Skills Assessment?

The Ed 500 Administrative Rule (currently Ed 505.01/Ed 514.01 formerly) requires each candidate seeking initial teacher or instructional specialist licensure to show Basic Academic Skills in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

How do I meet the BASA requirement?

  1. Submit passing scores on Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/

  2. Submit passing scores on an out of state test comparable to Praxis Core. Comparability will be determined as part of your application review. For students enrolling in a NH state approved educator preparation program and interested in having an out of state test evaluated for comparability: Test Evaluation Request

  3. Submit scores documenting at or above the 50th percentile on a nationally recognized test in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics such as, but not limited to, the SAT, GRE or ACT. Evaluation of these tests will be part of your application review. For students enrolling in a NH state approved educator preparation program and interested in having a national test evaluated for comparability: Test Evaluation Request

  4. Hold a NH Beginning Educator or Experienced Educator License or document an initial or higher license from out of state along with your application. Out of state is limited to US States and Territories (the 50 US states, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands). *Temporary or incomplete licenses issued from other states due to the pandemic cannot be used for this purpose.

  5. For Career and Technical Education (CTE) specialty area applicants only: submit an experience letter documenting 3 years of full time experience in the area for which licensure is sought AND a copy of a current industry-recognized credential appropriate to the CTE specialty area in which licensure is sought.

Which endorsements do not require BASA?

Administrator, Educational Specialist and Other endorsements do not require BASA.

What is the subject area test requirement?

The Ed 500 Administrative Rule (currently Ed 505.01/Ed 514.01 formerly) requires each candidate to pass a subject area content knowledge test when seeking teacher licensure in any one of the major areas of concentration in which the NH State Board of Education has established a passing score.

How do I meet the subject area test requirement?

Praxis Testing: https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/ Visit the link above for information regarding Praxis Core, a list of endorsements that require Praxis Subject tests, testing accommodations, test preparation, obtaining previous score reports, test center locations/dates and registration. You can also submit out of state/national testing reports for evaluation as a comparable test.

Pearson’s Foundations of Reading Test: http://www.nh.nesinc.com/ Effective 7/1/2014 Foundations of Reading is required for Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education (K-6/K-8), Reading and Writing Teacher, Reading and Writing Specialist endorsements. You can also submit out of state/national testing reports for evaluation as a comparable test.

Elementary Education K-8 requires (in addition to the requirements for Elementary Education K-6) a 15 credit concentration on your transcript in one of the following areas: English, Math, Science, or Social Studies. You must also submit passing scores on the corresponding Middle School content test. https://www.ets.org/praxis/nh/ You can also submit out of state/national testing reports for evaluation as a comparable test.

For students enrolling in a NH state approved educator preparation program and interested in having an out of state/national subject test evaluated for comparability: Test Evaluation Request

What is the ParaPro Assessment?

Applicants for Paraeducator II can use the ParaPro (or comparable nationally recognized assessment) in lieu of the Associate’s Degree or 48 college credit requirement.

How do I submit documentation or see if documentation has been received?

As of 11/15/2018, Credentialing will no longer accept the following documents via mail or email: Experience Letters, GED's, Industry Credentials, National Licenses, Official Transcripts, Out of State Educator Credentials, Reference Letters, Résumés, and Test Score Reports.

Please log into https://my.doe.nh.gov/myNHDOE/Login/Login.aspx to upload these documents directly into your Educator Information System account or to confirm tests results have been received at myNHDOE/EIS/Educator/View Your Credentials/Tests or Documents.

NH required Praxis/ETS or Pearson tests recently taken in NH are provided to the NHDOE electronically by the testing company. It can take up to 6-8 weeks for us to receive passing scores electronically from testing companies and for the scores to be visible in your EIS account. For older tests, tests not taken at a NH test site, tests not required by NH, or tests such as SAT (https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat), GRE (https://www.ets.org/gre), ACT (http://www.act.org/), please contact the testing company to obtain a copy of your test score report. Sometimes score reports are also available on official high school or college transcripts. If you are unable to obtain old test score reports, you will need to submit passing scores on the NH required tests. Having an out of state license is not sufficient documentation of passing a test. Test comparability determination is made by the Bureau of Credentialing.

For students enrolling in a NH state approved educator preparation program and interested in having an out of state/national test evaluated for comparability, please submit your test score reports along with the Test Evaluation Request.

I did not pass a test on my first attempt. What should I do before my next test date?

  • Review your test score report. Test scores are often presented with category subscores. Compare your points earned with the maximum number of points you could have earned for each category. The greater the difference between these two scores, the more opportunity you have to increase these scores with focused studying in these categories.

  • Focus on learning the content in the categories you have selected to increase your score:

    • Review K-12 grade level content text books and/or introductory college textbooks, depending on content and grade level of test.

    • Check testing company websites for links to further study resources.

    • Attend workshops and/or complete coursework in specific content categories.