Alternative Means for Seeking Certification

Effective September 1, 2013 the Secretary of Education has established an alternative means for candidates seeking educator certification in Pennsylvania  to meet the requirements set forth in 22 PA Code 49.18 Assessment.  This requirement is currently satisfied when a student passes the “basic skills” assessment administered by Pearson, also referred to as the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA).  Students may now meet the above-noted requirement of “basic skills” with either:

1.       A score of no less than 1550 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT).

The SAT score of 1550 will include no individual section (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) score of less than 500.

Students may not combine section scores from different test administrations, but they may use their best score earned from one test administration.

2.       A composite score of 23 on the American College Test Plus Writing (ACT)

The composite score of 23 shall be accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.

Students who meet either requirement at the time of college matriculation shall be exempt from taking the PAPA exam.  Those who do not must take and pass the PAPA examination.