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Educator Credentialing Exams


Last Updated: August 2019

All applicants seeking a teaching credential in the District of Columbia shall be required to present passing scores for an approved basic skills, subject content and pedagogy exam required for the credential being sought. For teaching subject areas where an applicable subject content exam has not been adopted, applicants must hold a completed degree with a major in that subject area. All applicants seeking a student/pupil service provider and/or school principal/assistant principal credential shall be required to present passing scores for the required subject content exam required for the credential being sought.  

Out-of-state credential holders – who hold a full active credential in the appropriate subject area issued in a reciprocal state accepted by the District of Columbia, may submit their score report verifying scores for comparable exams passed in that state in lieu of the required DC exams.

Important Praxis Updates: New Math and SLLA Exams and New Registration Codes Coming Sept. 1, 2019

Math Exam Update: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced that as of Sept. 1, 2019, they will offer a new mathematics component of the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Praxis® Core) assessment.  The new mathematics exam has been redesigned with the help of more than 200 educator preparation program faculty to more closely reflect the relevant and important mathematical skills for prospective teacher candidates. To learn more about this change and how the new math test is different, view the message from ETS.

In the District of Columbia, we want to ensure that our educators have the strongest credentials and preparation needed to serve students in DC schools. Therefore, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will adopt the new Praxis Core Mathematics assessment starting Sept. 1, 2019.

As of Sept. 1, 2019, all test-takers for the Praxis Core exam may only register for new version. However, OSSE shall continue to accept scores up through Aug. 31, 2021 from applicants who took and passed the previous version of the Praxis Core exam.

Additionally, as of Sept. 1, 2019, ETS will change the test registration codes for all three components of the Praxis Core assessments. The new test registration codes are as follows:

  • Praxis CORE- Reading (test code: 5713)
  • Praxis CORE – Writing (test code: 5723)
  • Praxis CORE – Mathematics (test code: 5733)

NOTE: To take all three components at the same time use test code: 5752.

SLLA Exam Update: ETS has announced that as of Sept. 1, 2019, the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) 6011 exam will be discontinued and that all test-takers for the SLLA exam may only register for the 6990 SLLA exam.

OSSE shall continue to accept scores up through Aug. 31, 2021 from applicants who took and passed the SLLA 6011 exam. All test-takers moving forward should register for the SLLA 6990 exam.

For more information regarding study materials, test registration and fees, please visit www.ets.org/praxis.

For more information or questions regarding DC educator credentialing and requirements, please contact [email protected].


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