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PA Certification Test Materials Available ONLINE–for FREE!

January 5, 2012

The study guides and practice tests for the new PA certification tests are available for free on the PECT Web site: This new test goes into effect this semester (Spring 2012) with registration opening in February. If you have any questions about which test to take, please go to the College of Education office in Beekey or call Mrs. Tanya Faust at 610-683-4332.

The following is from a recent e-mail that was sent:

Dear Educator,

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) preparation materials, including study guides and full-length practice tests, are now available.  Preparation materials can be accessed on the PECT Web site at […]

As you may know, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) spent three years revising Chapter 49, the teacher certification regulations, to define new certificate areas for PreK through 8th grade and Special Education.

During 2009–2010, subsequent to revising the teacher certification regulations in Chapter 49, PDE initiated the development of the PECT program.  The tests to be included in this program are:  PreK–4, Special Education PreK–8, Special Education 7–12, and Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), which covers knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.  In 2010, PDE began collaborating with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to develop and administer the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) program.  The first administration of the new tests is planned for April 2012.  Registration for the test is scheduled to open in early February 2012.

Development of test objectives that define the content of the test was a key step in the test development process.  The test objectives consist of test subareas that each include a set of objectives, along with a set of descriptive statements that further elaborate the content of each test objective.  The PECT were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards.  Committees of Pennsylvania educators reviewed the test objectives and made revisions, as necessary, to ensure that the test objectives were accurate, free of bias, job related, and important for the job of an entry-level teacher in Pennsylvania.

A content validation survey was conducted using sampled practicing Pennsylvania educators and educator preparation program faculty to ensure that the test objectives reflect the knowledge and skills considered to be important for performing the job of a teacher in Pennsylvania.

Next, test items were developed to assess the content defined by the test objectives. Committees of Pennsylvania educators were convened to review and approve the test items. Students preparing to teach at the appropriate authorization levels participated in field tests of the items at sites throughout Pennsylvania.  Each full-length practice test for the PECT includes a representative sample of these items.

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