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The Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) was created in order to fulfill mandates of the state Educator Licensing Act. PLACE tests are criterion referenced. Applicants' knowledge is appraised against an objective performance standard. They are not ranked along a continuum in relation to other applicants. The tests are designed to determine Colorado teachers who have a satisfactory level of skills and knowledge to effectively teach students in Colorado. Teacher certification programs, school curriculum, and teacher licensing standards of the state of Colorado inform test objectives. Test questions are reviewed by classroom teachers, college and university education faculty, and other professional educators and are field tested to ensure that test objectives serve the larger related objectives.
The majority of PLACE tests are composed entirely of multiple-choice questions, with the exception of tests for languages other than English and the Special Education Specialist-Visually Impaired (23) test. Tests of languages other than English have both written and oral components. The Special Education Specialist-Visually Impaired (23) test adds a Braille performance requirement.
The Basic Skills (90) test, which includes reading, mathematics, and writing sections, is not one of the requirements for certification. Many college and university programs, however, prefer it. Consult your particular program to determine if it is required by them. The Basic Skills test consists of multiple-choice questions for the reading and mathematics sections. The writing section includes both multiple-choice questions and a writing sample.
Last Updated: 07/29/2014
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