Basic Skills Requirement Q & A

What is “Basic Skills” Testing?

For decades, students interested in teaching as a career have taken standardized assessment exams to verify their ability to read and write effectively, and to assess their math proficiency. Prior to 2013, Indiana required Praxis I. Since, 2013, Indiana CASA, administered by Pearson, was required. Most teacher education programs require a basic skills requirement for admission into the teacher preparation program. In addition, many other states require basic skills for licensure. By retaining the basic skills requirement, candidates who complete BSU’s teacher preparation program benefit from reciprocity when seeking teaching credentials in other states.

Why Is Ball State University continuing to require basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics when the Indiana General Assembly eliminated this requirement?

Effective July 1, 2019, the Indiana General Assembly eliminated basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics as a requirement for licensure. The new legislation does not prohibit Indiana teacher education programs from requiring basic skills for admission. Ball State University believes that to maintain a rigorous teacher preparation program, it is in the best interest of all candidates in the program that they display basic skills prior to admission in the program.

Will CASA still be required for candidates in a teacher education program at Ball State University?

All future teachers are required to meet basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Through June 30, 2020, successful completion of CASA is one of several options candidates may complete in order to meet the basic skills requirement. Other options are listed at the end of this Q & A.

Will CASA be replaced?

The Professional Education Committee (PEC) at Ball State University is the campus-wide group that oversees all teacher preparation guidelines, curriculum, and modern practices. In fall, the PEC will discuss possible options that could replace CASA. As soon as PEC approves a new policy, it will be communicated with faculty, staff, and students. As stated above, CASA will be an appropriate option through June 30, 2020.

I have already been accepted into a teacher preparation program at another college/university in Indiana or another state that does not require basic skills. If I transfer to Ball State University, will I be exempt from meeting the Basic Skills Requirement?

No. To be admitted into Ball State University’s teacher preparation program, you must meet one of the basic skills requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics.

I have a verified disability. May I have the Basic Skills Requirement waived for one or more of the exams?

You will need to contact the testing service about disability waivers. Currently, only the testing service can waive a test based on a verified disability, if they have a waiver policy. If you provided an official document from the testing service that they have waived the exam, BSU will honor that request.

If I am interested in Ball State University’s Transition-to-Teaching program, am I required to meet the basic skills requirement?

Yes, you must meet the required basic skills benchmarks associated with your discipline and the university.

What is the current policy that Ball State University is implementing?

The Indiana General Assembly eliminated the basic skills requirement in reading, writing, and mathematics previously required for an initial practitioner teaching license (Senate Enrolled Act 438). However, candidates are still expected to provide evidence of basic skills prior to enrollment in a teacher preparation program.
To provide evidence of basic skills, teacher education candidates must complete one of the following:

  • Successfully complete the Indiana Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) with a score of 220 or higher on each of the three sections (reading, writing and mathematics). While CASA is no longer required by the state, students may still use CASA through June 30, 2020, to meet basic skills requirements;
  • SAT with a score of 1100 based on Critical Reading and Mathematics if taken prior to March 1, 2016;
  • SAT with a score of 1170 based on Evidence-Based Reading, Writing and Mathematics if taken on or after March 1, 2016;
  • ACT with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science;
  • GRE with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to August 1, 2011;
  • GRE with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative if taken after August 1, 2011; or
  • Master’s Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Ball State University's Professional Education Committee will review these policies in the fall of 2019 and discuss alternatives to CASA. Once BSU's Professional Education Committee has approved a revised policy, it will be shared with students, faculty, and staff.

How were the cut-off scores for all options established?

The cut-off scores for CASA were established by the State Board of Education (SBOE) after a standard setting process conducted by Pearson. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) established the cut-off scores for the SAT, ACT and GRE and these were approved by the SBOE. Ball State University’s PEC adopted these scores as acceptable alternatives to meet the basic skills requirement around 2010.

Who should I contact if I have concerns with this policy?

After talking with your academic advisor, who should be your first point of contact concerning this information, you may contact the Office of Teacher Education Services-Clinical Practice at 765-285-1168 if you still have concerns with this policy.

Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)

These assessments can be taken by appointment at the Testing Center on campus or at various locations around the state.  To prepare to take the CASA assessments, OTES-CP recommends you review the information below and make an appointment for tutoring with the Teachers College Advising Center.

Preview

Attend a CASA information session.

Question

Ask questions at the information session.

Read

Visit the Pearson website. Click on Preparation. Select your test. Select “Assessment Blueprint”. This blueprint will show the areas (domains) the test will cover and the percentage it counts on your test. If you scroll further down, you will find the standards covered under each domain.

Reflect

Under the standards, you will find a list of topics covered on the test. Go through those. Determine what you know and what you need to study.

Recite and Review

If you need help, write down the standard, go to the Learning Center and ask for help with that particular standard. You can also find study texts located in the Bracken Library Lower Level Education Technology and Resources Section.

More Information

Download our brochure (PDF).

You need to pass the appropriate Pearson CORE tests—content area(s) and pedagogy—for licensure.

Materials

Do you need information on registration, preparation, and other materials regarding the Pearson Content and Pedagogy Exams? Find resources.

Content and Development Tests

Each applicant for an original teaching license must pass the content and pedagogy exams for their license. We recommend that all license exam requirements be completed prior to the beginning of your last semester before graduation. It may require more than one test session to complete all the tests required.

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If Praxis II tests were taken and passed before May 31, 2014, the passing scores can still be used for licensure. However, you will still be required to complete the pedagogy test.

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

Fine Arts-Visual Test

  • Test Number: 030
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Business Education Test

  • Test Code: 008
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Science-Chemistry Test

  • Test Code: 043
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

World-Language Chinese Test

  • Test Code: 054
  • Passing Score: 220

Computer Education Test

  • Test Number: 013
  • Passing Score: 220

There are no licensure tests for the director of curriculum and instruction, director of exceptional needs, and director of career and technical education license.

These individuals will be licensed based only on completing the program of coursework.

There are no licensure tests for the director of curriculum and instruction, director of exceptional needs, and director of career and technical education license.

These individuals will be licensed based only on completing the program of coursework.

There are no licensure tests for the director of curriculum and instruction, director of exceptional needs, and director of career and technical education license.

These individuals will be licensed based only on completing the program of coursework.

Early Childhood (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 004
  • Passing Score: 220

Reading/Language Arts Test

  • Test Number: 060
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Number: 061
  • Passing Score: 220

Science, Physical Education, and Health Test

  • Test Number: 062
  • Passing Score: 220

Social Studies and Fine Arts Test

  • Test Number: 063
  • Passing Score: 220

Early Childhood (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 004
  • Passing Score: 220

Reading/Language Arts Test

  • Test Number: 014
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Number: 015
  • Passing Score: 220

Science, Health, and Physical Education Test

  • Test Number: 016
  • Passing Score: 220

Social Studies and Fine Arts Test

  • Test Number: 017
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Number: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Elementary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 005
  • Passing Score: 220

Generalist Subtests

Reading/Language Arts Test

  • Test Number: 060
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Number: 061
  • Passing Score: 220

Science, Health, and Physical Education Test

  • Test Number: 062
  • Passing Score: 220

Social Studies and Fine Arts Test

  • Test Number: 063
  • Passing Score: 220

Exceptional Needs Mild Test

  • Test Number: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

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Dual majors must complete the Elementary Education tests and the Mild Interventions tests. You then apply for an Initial License in Elementary Education.

 
If you decide to only apply for the Mild Interventions License, you must complete the following tests.

Elementary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 005
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Number: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Reading—Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Number: 064
  • Passing Score: 220

Early Childhood (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 004
  • Passing Score: 220

Generalist Subtests (Content)

Reading/Language Arts Test

  • Test Number: 014
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Number: 015
  • Passing Score: 220

Science, Health, and Physical Education

  • Test Number: 016
  • Passing Score: 220

Social Studies and Fine Arts Test

  • Test Number: 017
  • Passing Score: 220

Content Area and Developmental Tests

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Earth-Space Science Test

  • Test Number: 044
  • Passing Score: 220

Elementary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 005
  • Passing Score: 220

Generalist Subtests

Reading/Language Arts

  • Test Number: 060
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Number: 061
  • Passing Score: 220

Science, Health, and Physical Education

  • Test Number: 062
  • Passing Score: 220

Social Studies and Fine Arts Test

  • Test Number: 063
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Engineering and Technology Test

  • Test Number: 018
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

English/Language Arts Test

  • Test Number: 021
  • Passing Score: 220

ESL Test

  • Test Number: 019
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

CTE-FCS Test

  • Test Number: 011
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Number: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

WL—French Test

  • Test Number: 055
  • Passing Score: 220

Gifted and Talented/High Ability Test

  • Test Number: 032
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Pearson Pedagogy Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

Health Education

  • Test Code: 066
  • Passing Score: 220

Physical Education

  • Test Code: 067
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

WL—Japanese Test

  • Test Code: 057
  • Passing Score: 220

H4: Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

H4: Journalism Test

  • Test Code: 033
  • Passing Score: 220

H4: MS Math Test

  • Test Code: 034
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

WL—Latin Test

  • Test Code: 058
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Life Science Test

  • Test Code: 045
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Mathematics Test

  • Test Code: 035
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

MS Mathematics Test

  • Test Code: 034
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

General Music Test

  • Test Code: 026
  • Passing Score: 220

Instrumental Music Test

  • Test Code: 027
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

General Music Test

  • Test Code: 026
  • Passing Score: 220

Vocal Music Test

  • Test Code: 028
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Physical Science Test

  • Test Code: 046
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Physics Test

  • Test Code: 047
  • Passing Score: 220

School Administration/Building Level Test

  • Test Code: 039
  • Passing Score: 220

School Admin/District Level Test

  • Test Code: 040
  • Passing Score: 220

School Counselor Test

  • Test Code: 041
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Economics Test

  • Test Code: 048
  • Passing Score: 220

Geographical Perspectives Test

  • Test Code: 049
  • Passing Score: 220

Government Test

  • Test Code: 050
  • Passing Score: 220

Historical Perspectives Test

  • Test Code: 051
  • Passing Score: 220

Psychology Test

  • Test Code: 052
  • Passing Score: 220

Sociology Test

  • Test Code: 053
  • Passing Score: 220

Secondary Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Spanish Test

  • Test Code: 059
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Test

  • Test Code: 023
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Code: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions—Reading Test

  • Test Code: 064
  • Passing Score: 220

Early Childhood Education (Pedagogy)

  • Test Code: 004
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Code: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions—Reading Test

  • Test Code: 064
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

Intense Interventions Test

  • Test Code: 024
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Code: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions—Reading Test

  • Test Code: 064
  • Passing Score: 220

P-12 Education (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 007
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions Test

  • Test Code: 025
  • Passing Score: 220

Mild Interventions—Reading Test

  • Test Code: 064
  • Passing Score: 220

(Note: This test is not required if you are an ELED/SPCE major.)

5-12 (Pedagogy) Test

  • Test Code: 006
  • Passing Score: 220

Theatre Arts

  • Test Code: 029
  • Passing Score: 220