6A-4.0021. Florida Teacher Certification Examinations  


Effective on Monday, April 22, 2019
  • 1(1) Scope. This rule governs the written examinations for teacher certification. Additional requirements for certification are specified in chapter 6A-4, F.A.C.

    22(2) Description of the examinations and competencies to be demonstrated.

    32(a) The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations shall be developed by the Commissioner of Education.

    46(b) The written examinations shall include subtests of English language skills, reading, writing, mathematics, professional skills, and subject area specialty. These examinations may contain multiple-choice questions and questions requiring the examinee to write an answer or demonstrate a proficiency.

    85(c) The following competencies are to be demonstrated by means of the written examinations:

    991. 100Between October 1, 2017, 104and September 30, 2020, the general knowledge competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fourth Edition,” (131http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-07842133), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective 146October 1, 2017. Beginning October 1, 2020, the general knowledge competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fifth Edition,” (176http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10344178), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective October 1, 2020. 194These 195publications may be obtained by contacting the Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.

    2182. Between 220October 1, 2017, 223and September 30, 2020, the 228professional education 230competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fourth Edition,” (250http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-07842252), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective 265October 1, 2017268. 269Beginning October 1, 2020, the professional education competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fifth Edition,” (296http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10344298), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective October 1, 2020. These publications may be obtained by contacting the Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.

    3383. Between 340October 1, 2017, 343and September 30, 2020, the subject area competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fourth Edition,” (370http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-07842372), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective 385October 1, 2017388. 389Beginning October 1, 2020, the subject area competencies and skills contained in the publication “Competencies and Skills Required for Teacher Certification in Florida, Twenty-Fifth Edition,” (416http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-10344418), which is incorporated by reference and made part of this rule effective October 1, 2020. 434These publications may be obtained 439by contacting the Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400458.

    459(3) Administration of the examinations.

    464(a) The examinations shall be administered by a test administration agency or agencies under contract with the Florida Department of Education.

    485(b) The examinations shall be administered at least four (4) times each year. The Commissioner of Education shall designate the registration deadlines, administration sites, and examination dates.

    512(c) The examinations shall be administered at sites designated by the Commissioner of Education.

    526(d) An examinee may retake a failed examination provided at least thirty (30) days have elapsed since the previous administration of the failed examination.

    550(e) An examinee may not retake a passed examination, subtest, or section unless:

    5631. At least three (3) years have elapsed since the previous administration of the passed examination, subtest, or section;

    5822. The State Board of Education has adopted new competencies and skills for the field; or

    5983. The examinee has applied for reinstatement of an expired professional certification, pursuant to subsection 6136A-4.0051(7), 614FAC.

    615(4) Registration, fees, and refunds.

    620(a) Registration for the examinations shall be for the initial examinations or for one (1) or more examinations not previously passed. To register to take the examinations, an applicant shall register online with the test administration agency at: 658http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/postsecondary-assessment/ftce/659. The Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE)/Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) Registration Form, PS 2015 (675http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-05900677) (Effective October 2015) is incorporated by reference herein.

    686(b) Beginning April 22, 2019, registration fees shall be as follows:

    697Examination

    698Fee

    699General Knowledge Test, First-Time Registration (Full Battery)

    706$130.00

    707General Knowledge Test, Single Subtest Retake Registration

    714$32.50

    715General Knowledge Test, Two Subtests Retake Registration

    722$65.00

    723General Knowledge Test, Three Subtests Retake Registration

    730$97.50

    731General Knowledge Test, Full Battery Retake Registration

    738$130.00

    739Professional Education Test, First-Time Registration

    744$150.00

    745Professional Education Test, Retake Registration

    750$150.00

    751Subject Area Examination, First-Time Registration

    756$150.00

    757Subject Area Examination, Retake Registration

    762$150.00

    763(c) Beginning April 22, 2019, registration fees for Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 shall be as follows:

    777Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3

    779Fee

    780First-Time Registration (Full Battery)

    784$150.00

    785Single Subtest Retake Registration

    789$37.50

    790Two Subtests Retake Registration

    794$75.00

    795Three Subtests Retake Registration

    799$800112.50

    801Full Battery Retake Registration

    805$150.00

    806(d) Beginning April 22, 2019, registration fees for Elementary Education K-6 shall be as follows:

    821Elementary Education K-6

    824Fee

    825First-Time Registration (Full Battery)

    829$150.00

    830Single Subtest Retake Registration

    834$37.50

    835Two Subtests Retake Registration

    839$75.00

    840Three Subtests Retake Registration

    844$845112.50

    846Full Battery Retake Registration

    850$150.00

    851(e) Beginning April 22, 2019, registration fees for English 6-12 and Middle Grades English 5-9 shall be as follows:

    870First-Time Registration (Full Battery)

    874$150.00

    875Single Section Retake Registration

    879$75.00

    880Full Battery Retake Registration

    884$150.00

    885(f) Refunds. Fees may be refunded provided written requests for refunds are received by the test administration agency at least twenty-four (24) hours preceding the examination date. Failure to appear for or to complete an examination shall result in forfeiture of fees.

    927(5) Admission. The test administration agency shall provide each applicant with electronic communication specifying the examination site, date, and the time of the examination. This communication will also stipulate identification required for entrance into the examination site. An applicant who arrives after the examination has begun shall not be admitted. An applicant, who has registered for multiple examinations or subtests for the same day and arrives late, shall only be admitted at the start of the next examination or subtest.

    1007(6) Examinee with a disability. An applicant who is unable to complete the examinations under standard testing conditions because of a disability may request special arrangements. Such a request shall be made when the examination application is submitted. Lack of proficiency in the English language alone shall not be acceptable as a justifiable reason for requesting a reader or extra time for an examinee. Special arrangements shall be provided for applicants with disabilities.

    1080(a) Definition of terms.

    10841. A person with a disability means any person who:

    1094a. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one (1) or more major life activities;

    1111b. Has a record of such an impairment; or

    1120c. Is regarded as having such an impairment.

    11282. The definitions for the phrases used in paragraph (6)(a) of this rule – physical or mental impairment, major life activities, has a record of such an impairment and regarded as having an impairment – are the same as in the definition of disability included in the Americans With Disabilities Act, 117928 C.F.R. §§35.104(1), 1182(2), (3) and (4).

    1186(b) Persons requesting special arrangements must be certified as having a disability by a licensed psychologist or physician. Such documentation shall have been completed within the previous three (3) years and must be received on official letterhead stationery. In the absence of such certification, the applicant may submit documentation of accommodations provided for a disability during the applicant’s baccalaureate or graduate degree program. Any documentation submitted must describe the disability and the accommodations made necessary by the disability.

    1264(c) Special test arrangements may include but are not limited to the following:

    12771. Flexible scheduling. The person may be administered an examination during several brief sessions, as long as that examination is completed on the test administration date. Up to double time may be allowed.

    13102. Flexible setting. The person may be administered an examination individually or in a small group setting by a proctor rather than in a classroom or auditorium setting.

    13383. Recording of answers. The person may mark answers in a test booklet, type the answers by machine, or indicate selected answers to a test proctor. The proctor may then transcribe the person’s responses onto a machine-scorable answer sheet or onto a computer. In instances where the proctor is required to mark the responses on behalf of the examinee, there will be a tape recording of the examinee’s selected responses. A large-block answer sheet may be provided. The person may use a word processor or typewriter to prepare any required essay or other written response. Technical support to operate the word processor or typewriter may be provided.

    14454. Revised format. The person may use a large-print booklet, a Braille test booklet, or a magnifying device.

    14635. Auditory aids. A recorded version of the examination may be provided, the examination may be read by a narrator, or the examination may be provided via video with a narrator using oral language or sign language.

    15006. Assistive personnel. Test personnel may be provided by the test administrator to record answers, sign test instructions, or read instructions and test items.

    15247. Accommodations not covered by this rule may be requested through the Department of Education and will be provided, as appropriate, upon approval by the Department of Education.

    1552(d) Appropriate special arrangements for testing shall be provided, where necessary, to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate. In determining the type of special arrangement to be provided, primary consideration shall be given to the requests of the individual with the disability. However, if it can be demonstrated that special arrangements that are equally effective as those requested are available at less cost or are more readily available, the Department may provide the less expensive or more readily available means of special arrangements for testing.

    1642(e) In no case shall the modifications authorized herein be interpreted or construed as an authorization to provide a person with assistance in determining the answer to any examination item.

    1672(f) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to require an individual with a disability to accept an accommodation, aid, service, opportunity, or benefit provided under this rule which the individual chooses not to accept.

    1707(g) This rule does not require the Department to provide individuals with disabilities with personal devices, such as wheelchairs; individually prescribed devices, such as prescription eyeglasses or hearing aids; readers for personal use for study; or services of a personal nature including assistance in eating, toiletry, or dressing.

    1755(h) Appeals procedure. An examinee who is denied test accommodations may appeal the denial to the Commissioner of Education. Such appeal may necessitate a later test date.

    1782(7) Scoring the general knowledge subtests.

    1788(a) Effective January 1, 2004, the passing scores for the general knowledge subtests listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200) for multiple-choice sections. The passing score for the Essay subtest shall be a total raw score of at least six (6). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the July 2002 test administration:

    1852SUBTEST

    1853SCORE

    1854General Knowledge Subtest 1: Essay

    1859A total raw score of at least six (6)

    1868General Knowledge Subtest 2: English Language Skills

    187529 correct items

    1878General Knowledge Subtest 3: Reading

    188325 correct items

    1886General Knowledge Subtest 4: Mathematics

    189126 correct items

    1894(b) Effective January 1, 2015, the passing scores for the general knowledge subtests listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200) for multiple-choice sections. The passing score for the Essay subtest shall be a total raw score of at least eight (8). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered in May 2014:

    1965SUBTEST

    1966SCORE

    1967General Knowledge Subtest 1: Essay

    1972A total raw score of at least eight (8)

    1981General Knowledge Subtest 2: English Language Skills

    198827 correct items

    1991General Knowledge Subtest 3: Reading

    199626 correct items

    1999General Knowledge Subtest 4: Mathematics

    200431 correct items

    2007(8) Scoring the professional education test.

    2013(a) Effective July 1, 2003, the passing score for the professional education test shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to an examination raw score that results in an examinee passing rate of ninety-one (91) percent, which was the passing rate of teacher candidates who took the professional education test for the first time during the 2001-2002 examination administration year. In the event that fewer than fifty (50) examinees are tested in the July 2003 administration, the passing score shall be sixty (60) percent of the items.

    2110(b) Effective July 1, 2005, the passing score for the professional education test shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to eighty (80) correct items on the July and October 2003 test administrations.

    2154(c) Effective March 1, 2014, the passing score for the Professional Education examination shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to a raw score of eighty-five (85) correct items on the test form used for standard setting and administered in May 2013.

    2206(9) Scoring of the subject area specialty examinations.

    2214(a) The Commissioner of Education shall recommend to the Florida State Board of Education for its approval a passing score or scores required for each subject area specialty examination. Such required scores shall take effect when designated by the State Board.

    2255(b) For subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to May 1, 1990, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective August 1, 1990, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following scores on the October 1988 test administration:

    2339SUBJECT

    2340SCORE

    2341Biology 6-12

    234370 correct items

    2346Computer Science K-12

    234972 correct items

    2352Earth-Space Science 6-12

    235570 correct items

    2358Emotionally Handicapped K-12

    236187 correct items

    2364Geography 6-12

    2366105 correct items

    2369Guidance and Counseling PK-12

    237383 correct items

    2376History 6-12

    237889 correct items

    2381Journalism 6-12

    238389 correct items

    2386Mentally Handicapped K-12

    238963 correct items

    2392Physical Education K-8

    239566 correct items

    2398Physical Education 6-12

    240172 correct items

    2404Physically Impaired K-12

    240779 correct items

    2410Political Science 6-12

    241384 correct items

    2416Reading K-12

    241869 correct items

    2421School Psychologist PK-12

    242461 correct items

    2427Specific Learning Disabilities K-12

    243178 correct items

    2434Speech-Language Impaired K-12

    243779 correct items

    2440Varying Exceptionalities K-12

    244380 correct items

    2446(c) For subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to October 1, 1990, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective October 1, 1990, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following scores on the April 1989 test administration:

    2530SUBJECT

    2531SCORE

    2532Art K-12

    253463 correct items

    2537Elementary Education 1-6

    254084 correct items

    2543English 6-12

    254571 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section eighty (80) percent and the essay section

    2562twenty (20) percent

    2565Hearing Impaired K-12

    256866 correct items

    2571Mathematics 6-12

    257360 correct items

    2576Music K-12

    257864 correct items

    2581Primary Education K-3

    258488 correct items

    2587Social Science 6-12

    2590102 correct items

    2593(d) For subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to May 1, 1991, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. After May 1, 1991, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). The scaled score shall be equivalent to the following scores on the October 1989 test administration:

    2676SUBJECT

    2677SCORE

    2678Chemistry 6-12

    268057 correct items

    2683Drama 6-12

    268596 correct items

    2688Economics 6-12

    269070 correct items

    2693Educational/Media Specialist PK-12

    2696102 correct items

    2699Health K-12

    270171 correct items

    2704Latin K-12

    270670 correct items

    2709Middle Grades General Science 5-9

    271470 correct items

    2717Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9

    272159 correct items

    2724Middle Grades Social Science 5-9

    272987 correct items

    2732Physics 6-12

    273451 correct items

    2737French K-12

    273987 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section fifty (50) percent, the speaking section forty (40) percent, and the writing section ten (10) percent.

    2765German K-12

    2767A score of Intermediate High or more on the oral interview and a score of 82 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section eighty (80) percent and the writing section twenty (20) percent.

    2802Middle Grades English 5-9

    280657 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section seventy (70) percent and the essay section thirty (30) percent.

    2826Speech 6-12

    2828Prior to October 1, 1996, 119 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section fifty (50) percent and the speech section fifty (50) percent. Beginning October 1, 1996, a score of fifty-six (56) on the multiple choice section and a score of four (4) or more on the speech section based on the summed ratings of two (2) trained judges using a scale of one (1) low to four (4) high.

    2900(e) For subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to January 1, 1992, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective January 1, 1992, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following scores on the April 1990 test administration:

    2984SUBJECT

    2985SCORE

    2986Humanities K-12

    298888 correct items

    2991Psychology 6-12

    299394 correct items

    2996Sociology 6-12

    299895 correct items

    3001Visually Impaired K-12

    300499 correct items

    3007(f) For the subject area specialty examination listed below, a score earned prior to January 1, 1992, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in the subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective January 1, 1992, through September 30, 1993, a passing score for this subject area examination will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following score on the April 1990 test administration:

    3096SUBJECT

    3097SCORE

    3098Preschool Education N-PK

    310194 correct items

    3104(g) For subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to April 1, 1992, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective September 1, 1992, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following scores on the October 1990 test administration:

    3188SUBJECT

    3189SCORE

    3190Business Education 6-12

    319369 correct items

    3196Home Economics 6-12

    319983 correct items

    3202Occupational Specialist

    320487 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section forty-five (45) percent and the short answer section fifty-five (55) percent.

    3225(h) For the subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to April 1, 1995, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective April 1, 1995, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200).

    3293English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12

    3300Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3

    3302For the subject area specialty examination listed below, this scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following score on the October 1992 test administration:

    3327SUBJECT

    3328SCORE

    3329English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12

    333654 correct items

    3339For the subject area specialty examination listed below, this scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following score on the October 1993 test administration:

    3364SUBJECT

    3365SCORE

    3366Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3

    336873 correct items

    3371(i) For the subject area specialty examinations listed below, a score earned prior to October 1, 1996, shall be considered a passing score and shall be valid for certification in that subject area for a period of two (2) years from the test administration date. Effective October 1, 1996, a passing score for these subject area examinations will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following scores on the April 1995 test administration:

    3456SUBJECT

    3457SCORE

    3458Agriculture 6-12

    346083 correct items

    3463Industrial Arts-Technology Education 6-12

    346783 correct items

    3470Marketing 6-12

    347272 correct items

    3475Preschool Education Birth – Age 4

    348181 correct items

    3484(j) For the subject area specialty examination listed below, passing for a score earned prior to August 1, 2000, shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score shall be equivalent to the following score on the October 1989 test administration:

    3531SUBJECT

    3532SCORE

    3533Spanish K-12

    353587 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section seventy-five (75) percent and the speaking section

    3552twenty-five (25) percent.

    3555Effective August 1, 2000, a passing score for this examination will be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to the following score on the October 1998 and January 1999 test administrations:

    3596SUBJECT

    3597SCORE

    3598Spanish K-12

    360088 on a scale that weights the multiple choice section sixty (60) percent, the speaking section twenty-five

    3617(25) percent, and the writing section fifteen (15) percent.

    3626(k) Effective January 1, 2004, the passing scores for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the July 2002 test administration:

    3670SUBJECT

    3671SCORE

    3672Exceptional Student Education K-12

    367672 correct items

    3679Kindergarten-Grade Six

    3681138 correct items

    3684(l) Effective July 1, 2005, the passing score for the Exceptional Student Education K-12 Examination shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled passing score will be equivalent to seventy-seven (77) correct items on the July and October 2002 test administrations.

    3730(m) Effective July 1, 2003, the passing scores for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the raw scores on the July 2003 test administration as defined below:

    37761. Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9 Examination. An examination raw score that results in an examinee passing rate of sixty-eight (68) percent, which was the average of the passing rates of teacher candidates who took the Middle Grades English 5-9, Middle Grades General Science 5-9, Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9, and Middle Grades Social Science 5-9 specialty examinations for the first time during the 2001-2002 examination administration year. In the event that fewer than fifty (50) examinees are tested in the July 2003 administration, the passing score shall be fifty-nine (59) percent of the items.

    38702. Physical Education K-12 Examination. An examination raw score that results in an examinee passing rate of seventy-five (75) percent, which was the average of the passing rates of teacher candidates who took the Physical Education K-8 and Physical Education 6-12 specialty examinations for the first time during the 2001-2002 examination administration year. In the event fewer than fifty (50) examinees are tested in the July 2003 administration, the passing score shall be sixty (60) percent of the items.

    39493. After sufficient data have been collected, the Commissioner of Education shall review examinee performance levels for the Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9 Examination, and the Physical Education K-12 Examination and determine whether to recommend to the State Board of Education to maintain or change the existing passing scores.

    3998(n) Effective July 1, 2004, the passing score for the subject area specialty examination listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the raw score on the July 2004 test administration as defined below.

    40441. Computer Science K-12 Examination. An examination raw score that results in an examinee passing rate of eighty-three (83) percent, which was the passing rate of teacher candidates who took the Computer Science K-12 specialty examination for the first time during the 2002-2003 examination administration year. In the event that fewer than fifty (50) examinees are tested in the July 2004 administration, the passing score shall be sixty-three (63) percent of the items.

    41172. After sufficient data have been collected, the Commissioner of Education shall review examinee performance levels for the Computer Science K-12 Examination and determine whether to recommend to the State Board of Education to maintain or change the existing passing scores.

    4158(o) Effective July 1, 2005, the passing scores for the English 6-12 subject area specialty examination shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the composite score of seventy one (71) on a scale that weights the multiple choice section seventy (70) percent and the essay section thirty (30) percent on the April 1989 test administration.

    4224(p) 4225Effective January 1, 2012, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between March and April 2011:

    4277SUBJECT

    4278SCORE

    4279Educational Media Specialist PK-12

    428385 correct items

    4286Exceptional Student Education K-12

    429081 correct items

    4293Social Science 6-12

    429687 correct items

    4299(q) Effective September 1, 2012, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between January 2011 and April 2012:

    4353SUBJECT

    4354SCORE

    4355Biology 6-12

    435783 correct items

    4360Chemistry 6-12

    436271 correct items

    4365Earth-Space Science 6-12

    436883 correct items

    4371Middle Grades General Science 5-9

    437684 correct items

    4379Physics 6-12

    438160 correct items

    4384(r) Effective September 1, 2012, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between January and March 2012:

    4437SUBJECT

    4438SCORE

    4439Health K-12

    444183 correct items

    4444Physical Education K-12

    444785 correct items

    4450(s) Effective March 1, 2014, the passing score for the 4460subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between May and August 2013:

    4503SUBJECT

    4504SCORE

    4505English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12

    451281 correct items

    4515Mathematics 6-12

    451748 correct items

    4520Middle Grades Mathematics 5-9

    452452 correct items

    4527(t) Effective March 1, 2014, the passing score for the new Prekindergarten/Primary PK-3 subtests listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered in July and August 2013:

    4580SUBTEST

    4581SCORE

    4582PK-3 Subtest 1: Developmental Knowledge

    458738 correct items

    4590PK-3 Subtest 2: Language Arts and Reading

    459741 correct items

    4600PK-3 Subtest 3: Mathematics

    460432 correct items

    4607PK-3 Subtest 4: Science

    461130 correct items

    4614(u) Effective January 1, 2015, the passing score for the new Elementary Education K-6 subtests listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered in May 2014:

    4666SUBTEST

    4667SCORE

    4668K-6 Subtest 1: Language Arts and Reading

    467542 correct items

    4678K-6 Subtest 2: Social Science

    468337 correct items

    4686K-6 Subtest 3: Science

    469036 correct items

    4693K-6 Subtest 4: Mathematics

    469735 correct items

    4700(v) Effective January 1, 2015, the passing score for the new English 6-12 and Middle Grades English 5-9 multiple-choice sections shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). The passing score for the writing sections shall be a total raw score of at least eight (8). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between March and June 2014:

    4775SUBJECT

    4776SCORE

    4777English 6-12

    477956 correct items on the multiple-choice section and a total raw score of at least eight (8) on the

    4798writing 4799section

    4800Middle Grades English 5-9

    480458 correct items on the m4810ultiple-choice section and 4813a total raw score of at least eight (8) on the

    4824w4825riting section

    4827(w) 4828Effective January 1, 2015, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between April and June 2014:

    4880SUBJECT

    4881SCORE

    4882Computer Science K-12

    488585 correct items

    4888Engineering and Technology Education 6-12

    489389 correct items

    4896(x) Effective September 1, 2016, the passing score for the subject area specialty examination listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw score on the test forms used for standard setting and administered 4944between January and March 2016:

    4949SUBJECT

    4950SCORE

    4951Business Education 6-12

    495481 correct items

    4957(y) Effective September 1, 2016, the passing score for the subject area specialty examination listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following composite score on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between January and March 2016:

    5010SUBJECT

    5011SCORE

    5012Spanish K-12

    501493 on a scale that weights the multiple choice sixty (60) percent, the speaking section twenty-five (25) percent, and the writing section fifteen (15) percent.

    5039(z) 5040Effective March 1, 2017, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between May and July 2016:

    5092SUBJECT

    5093SCORE

    5094Preschool Education (Birth–Age 4)

    509885 correct items

    5101Reading K–12

    510385 correct items

    5106(aa) 5107Effective July 1, 2018, the passing score for the subject area specialty examinations listed below shall be a scaled score of at least two hundred (200). This scaled score shall be equivalent to the following raw scores on the test forms used for standard setting and administered between September and December 2017:

    5159SUBJECT

    5160SCORE

    5161Art K–12

    516375 correct items

    5166Exceptional Student Education K-12

    517080 correct items

    5173(bb) The Commissioner of Education shall review the passing score for each of the General Knowledge Subtests, each of the subject area specialty examinations, and the professional education test not less than once every five (5) years and determine whether to recommend to the State Board of Education to maintain or change the existing passing scores.

    5229(10) Score reports for the general knowledge essay, english language skills, reading, and mathematics subtests, professional education test, and subject area examinations.

    5251(a) A properly authenticated score report is defined as the original score report issued directly by the test administration agency without any qualification, reservation, or irregularity.

    5277(b) The examinee shall be sent an authenticated score reports as described in paragraph 52916A-4.0021(10)(a), 5292F.A.C. In addition, a copy of the score report may be issued by the test administration agency without a fee to one (1) Florida institution (i.e., college, university, or professional district certification program provided the examinee identifies the recipient or recipients of the score report at the time of registration.

    5342(c) Official documentation of scores earned on each examination for a temporary or for a professional certificate shall be the original authenticated score report as described in paragraph 53706A-4.0021(10)(a), 5371F.A.C., or a duplicate authenticated score report as described in paragraph 53826A-4.0021(10)(e), 5383F.A.C.

    5384(d) Scores shall be reported as Pass or Fail for each subtest of the examination. The Commissioner of Education may provide additional score information to the examinee.

    5411(e) An examinee may obtain a duplicate authenticated score report for a test administration by filing a written request and a fee. A fee is required for each duplicate score report that is requested. The fee shall be that amount necessary for the test administration agency to perform the service as agreed in the contract between the agency and the Florida Department of Education.

    5475(11) Review.

    5477(a) Requests for Verification. An examinee who fails one (1) or more examination(s) 5490within ten (10) scale score points of the passing scale score (200) for failed examinations, including essays, short answer sections, and verbal responses, may file a written request with the test administration agency to verify that the examinations were scored accurately. An examinee may review their failed responses for performance only subtests (i.e., English 6-12 Writing Component, General Knowledge Essay, German K-12 oral interview, Middle Grades English 5-9 Writing Component, Speech 6-12 oral component)5564. The request shall be filed within thirty (30) days of the date the score report was released by the test administration agency. The fee for verification shall be seventy-five ($75.00) dollars. The test administration agency shall notify the examinee of the results of the request within thirty (30) days of receipt of the request and fee.

    5621(b) Score Verification Sessions. An examinee who fails one (1) or more examination(s) 5634within ten (10) scale score points of the passing scale score (200) may review only those incorrect test items and/or performance component(s) contained within each examination meeting these criteria and bring to the Florida Department of Education’s attention, via the test administration agency, any scoring errors5680. The procedures for test review are listed below:

    56891. The examinee shall register for a score verification session within thirty (30) days of the date the score report was released by the test administration agency. At least thirty (30) days shall have elapsed from the administration of the failed examination before an examinee may attend a score verification session.

    57402. A processing fee is required for each score verification session. The fee shall be that amount necessary for the test administration agency to perform the services as agreed in the contract between the agency and the Florida Department of Education.

    57813. The examinee shall be provided electronic communication that contains the location, date and time for the examinee’s score verification session.

    58024. During the score verification session, the examinee shall file with the Florida Department of Education via the test administration agency a statement of specific scoring errors which may result in a scoring change.

    58365. The Florida Department of Education shall review test items, verify examination keys, and consult with field-specific subject matter experts as needed.

    58586. The Commissioner of Education shall notify the individual of the action on the statement of scoring errors not later than thirty (30) days from receipt of the statement.

    58877. An examinee may retake a failed examination that was reviewed provided at least thirty (30) days have elapsed since the date of the review. If an examinee takes any examination that was reviewed within thirty (30) days of the test date, the examination will be invalidated.

    5934(12) Alternative Assessments: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Revised General Test.

    5944(a) GRE test administrations conducted on or after July 1, 2015, may be used as an acceptable means of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge. The GRE scores listed below shall be considered the minimum passing scores that may be used to satisfy the demonstration of mastery of general knowledge requirements. Passing scores are required in each of the general knowledge content areas assessed on the General Knowledge Test, which include writing (essay), English language skills, reading, and mathematics. The table below defines the General Knowledge Test content area subtests and corresponding GRE subtest alternatives, followed by the minimum required passing scores for each of the GRE subtests indicated. A passing score on a GRE subtest in an applicable general knowledge content area, as defined in the table below, will satisfy the requirement of demonstrating a mastery of general knowledge for the applicable general knowledge content area.

    6091GK SUBTEST/GRE SUBTEST

    6094GRE SCORE

    6096GK Writing (Essay)/GRE Analytical Writing

    6101A combined score of 4 out of 6

    6109GK English Language Skills/GRE Verbal Reasoning

    6115A scaled score of 151

    6120GK Reading/GRE Verbal Reasoning

    6124A scaled score of 151

    6129GK Mathematics/GRE Quantitative Reasoning

    6133A scaled score of 147

    6138(13) Military Testing Fee Waivers.

    6143(a) An individual is eligible for a waiver from the department for the first-time testing fees prescribed in paragraphs (4)(a)-(e) of this rule, if he or she:

    61701. Is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component thereof who is serving, or has served, on active duty or is the spouse of such a service member;

    62022. Is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an honorably discharged veteran of a reserve component thereof who served on active duty or is the spouse or surviving spouse of such a service member; or

    62413. Is the surviving spouse of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a reserve component thereof who was serving on active duty at the time of death.

    6270(b) To apply for a testing fee waiver, a request must be submitted via the Department of Education, Educator Certification website at 6292http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification/military/ 6293along with documentation establishing that the applicant meets the requirements for a testing fee waiver per paragraph (13)(a) of this rule. The following chart lists the required documentation.

    6321BASIS FOR WAIVER OF FEE

    6326DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

    6328Member of Armed Forces

    6332Military ID card

    6335Spouse of member of Armed Forces

    6341Military dependent ID card (DD Form 1173)

    6348Member of reserves, serving or served active duty

    6356Military ID card and Activity Duty Report (DD Form 220) or Military ID card and orders for active duty

    6375Spouse of member of reserves, serving or served active duty

    6385Military dependent ID card (DD Form 1173) or Military dependent ID card (DD Form 1173-1) and spouse’s DD Form 220 or spouse’s orders for active duty 

    6411Honorably discharged veteran

    6414Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 Member 4)

    6427Spouse or surviving spouse of honorably discharged veteran

    6435DD Form 214 Member 4 of spouse and marriage certificate

    6445Honorably discharged veteran of reserves, served active duty

    6453DD Form 214 Member 4

    6458Spouse of honorably discharged veteran of reserves, served active duty

    6468DD Form 214 Member 4 of spouse and marriage certificate

    6478Surviving spouse of member of armed forces on active duty at time of death

    6492Official documentation from Department of Defense

    6498Surviving spouse of member of reserves on active duty at time of death

    6511Official documentation from Department of Defense

    6517(c) Additional documentation. Where the required documentation submitted does not establish eligibility, due to a name change or other circumstance, the applicant will be notified by the Department within ninety (90) days and afforded the opportunity to submit additional documentation to verify eligibility.

    6560(d) All documents submitted to verify eligibility for military testing fee waivers will be retained in the certification record maintained by the department and will not be returned to the applicant. Approval for military testing fee waivers remain valid for five (5) years from the date issued unless a document used to verify indicates an earlier expiration date or end date of its validity and in that case, validity of the testing fee waiver expires when the verifying document expires. In no case shall a person use or attempt to use a testing fee waiver if the person does not meet the eligibility criteria set forth in section 66681012.59(3), F.S.

    6670(e) Fees for retake examinations under subsection (4) of this rule may not be waived. Subsequent registration for any examination under subsection (4) of this rule taken before July 1, 2018, will be considered a retake and not eligible for a fee waiver under this section.

    6716Rulemaking Authority 67181012.55(1), 67191012.56, 67201012.59 FS. 6722Law Implemented 67241012.55, 67251012.56, 67261012.59 FS. 6728History–New 8-27-80, Amended 1-11-82, 1-6-83, 5-3-83, 10-5-83, 10-15-84, Formerly 6A-4.021, Amended 12-25-86, 4-26-89, 4-16-90, 7-10-90, 4-22-91, 10-3-91, 8-10-92, 11-28-93, 4-12-95, 7-1-96, 9-30-96, 10-1-99, 7-17-00, 7-16-01, 3-24-02, 7-16-02, 3-24-03, 7-21-03, 12-23-03, 7-13-04, 5-24-05, 5-23-06, 5-21-07, 5-19-08, 7-21-08, 7-9-09, 6-22-10, 6-21-11, 11-22-11, 8-23-12, 5-21-13, 10-22-13, 2-25-14, 12-23-14, 7-28-15, 10-26-15, 7-26-16, 2-20-17, 8-20-17, 6-19-18, 11-28-18, 4-22-19.

     

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