The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced a Grades 5-6 testing add-on option for the Grades PK-4 certificate only. PreK-4 certificate holders may take two modules: Grades 4-8 English Language Arts and Social Studies (5154) and Mathematics and Science (5155) to add grades 5 and 6. PreK-4 candidates may take these modules during or after the PK-4 program and apply for them simultaneously, but the evaluation of the Grades Prek-4 requirements will be evaluated first and the Grades 5-6 add on certificate will only be granted once the PK-4 certificate is approved.
PDE has recalculated the composite score for each series as follows:
- 657 PAPA composite with a 176 minimum mathematics
- 467 Core Academic Skills composite with a 132 minimum mathematics
The other composite minimum scores remain unchanged.
Effective immediately and retroactively the PAPA and Core Academic Basic Skills passing score is:
- 193 for the PAPA Basic Skills Mathematics (test 8002)
- 142 for the Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (test 5732)
Mrs. Annie Lindsay completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Miami University of Ohio and then continued her studies to earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. She is certified to teach grades K-6 and also maintains her principal certificate for grades K-12. Annie taught for eleven years in the elementary classroom before joining the Butler County Community College family. She currently teaches courses for the education department and the PAPA/PECT/Praxis program. Annie has been preparing students for high-stakes standardized state testing since entering the classroom. She believes that understanding the test objectives, preparing with the correct materials, and designing a study plan geared to meet each student’s needs are the keys to success!