What core tests are reading, writing, and mathematics educators required to take?

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State reading, writing, and mathematics competency examination requirements for CT teachers

Reading, writing, and mathematics are considered core subjects and have specific exam requirements.

Under Public Act 16-41: An Act Concerning the Recommendations of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force, effective July 1, 2016, the Praxis Core Academic Skills Test is no longer required for state certification. However, Connecticut educator preparation providers (EPPs) must ensure that candidates take the Praxis Core mathematics, reading and writing tests or one of the following State Board of Education approved equivalent assessments for diagnostic purposes to meet the state competency examination requirements for reading, writing and mathematics:


  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Test (ACT)
  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Each person formally admitted to a State Board of Education (SBE) approved teacher preparation program must take the state reading, writing, and mathematics competency exam administered under the direction of the SBE.

Questions regarding requirements for individual educator preparation programs should be submitted to the specific college, university, or alternate program. Questions regarding assessment requirements for certification should be emailed to teacher.cert@ct.gov.


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