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					Preparing for the PRAXIS II Exam in
        School Psychology


 Presented at the
 2011 NYASP Conference by:
 Reham Mougrabi & Amber Saracino.
What is the PRAXIS II?
• A test published by Educational Testing Service
  (ETS)

• Designed for 60-hour master’s- and specialist’s-
  degree-level candidates who want to serve as
  school psychologists in educational settings
You should take
the PRAXIS II if...

• It is required by your university’s program

• You want to obtain your NCSP

• You want to assess your knowledge and skills as
  a school psychologist
How much does it cost?
• $80 test fee
• $50 registration fee
• Late registration fees – avoid these!

• Fee waivers
  ▫ To be eligible
    1. You must be receiving financial aid
    2. You must be an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student
       (you are ineligible if you have a master’s or a doctorate)
    3. You must meet the income guidelines
    4. The registered test must be required by an authorized score
       recipient
How do I register?
• www.ets.org/praxis
• Test #0401
• Send scores to your college and NASP
       Upcoming Test Dates
             Registration Deadlines2                   Scores3, 4



Test Date1                    Late      Emergency
               Regular                              Multiple Choice
                             add $45     Add $75




 9/17/11        8/18/11       8/25/11     9/9/11        10/11/11


 11/12/11      10/13/11      10/20/11    11/4/11        12/6/11


 1/14/12        12/15/11     12/22/11     1/6/12        2/7/12


 3/10/12        2/9/12        2/16/12     3/2/12        4/3/12


 4/28/12        3/29/12       4/5/12     4/20/12        5/22/12


 6/9/12         5/10/12       5/17/12     6/1/12        7/3/12


 7/21/12        6/21/12       6/28/12    7/13/12        8/14/12
Testing locations in NY
•   Albany – College of Saint Rose
•   Bronx – Columbus High School
•   Buffalo – Buffalo State University
•   Flushing – Flushing HS
•   Jamaica – St. John’s University
•   Maspeth- Martin Luther HS
•   NYC – George Washington HS, NYU, Pace University
•   Old Westbury – NY Institute of Technology
•   Poughkeepsie – Marist College
•   Riverdale – College of MT St. Vincent
•   Rochester – Nazareth College
•   Syracuse – Onondaga Community College

               ***Not all locations offer testing on all dates
Day of the test
• Report on time! (usually 7:30am)

• Bring your admissions ticket and photo ID

• Bring sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are
  not allowed!), a good eraser, and a blue or black
  pen

• Do not bring your cell phone in!
Format of the PRAXIS II
•   Paper-based
•   120 multiple-choice questions
•   2 hours
•   Scoring:
    ▫ Passing score is 165
Content of the PRAXIS II

                            I - Data-Based Decision
                            Making
             VI
                            II - Research-Based
        V               I   Academic Practices

                            III - Research-Based
                            Behavioral and mental
                            Health Practices
        IV                  IV - Consultation and
                            Collaboration
             III   II
                            V - Applied Psychological
                            Foundations

                            VI - Ethical, Legal, and
                            Professional Foundations
Data-Based Decision Making

• Problem identification
• Assessment / problem analysis
• Assessment considerations for special
  populations
• Research, statistics and program evaluation




                                     35%
Research-Based Academic Practices
• Effective instruction
• Issues related to academic success/ failure
• Academic interventions




                                           12%
  Research-Based Behavioral and
  Mental Health Practices

• Primary, secondary, and tertiary preventative
  strategies
• School-based intervention skills/techniques
• Crisis prevention/intervention/response
• Child and adolescent psychopathology




                                         16%
Consultation and Collaboration
• Models and methods of consultation
• School and system organization and policy
  development
• Home/school/community collaboration




                                         12%
Applied Psychological Foundations
• Knowledge of general psychological principles,
  theories, and major research findings
• Knowledge of measurement theory and
  principles




                                          13%
  Ethical, Legal, and Professional
  Foundations

• Ethical principles and standards for practice
• Legal issues related to the practice of school
  psychology
• Professional foundations




                                            12%
Example Question #1
    To save the expense of purchasing a new test form, a chief school
    administrator asks a certified school psychologist to administer a
    six-year-old form of an achievement test that was purchased
    because it agreed with the curriculum of the school district at that
    time. Considering the situation and the National Association of
    School Psychologists’ (NASP’s) Principles for Professional Ethics,
    the school psychologist should

(A) administer the outdated form but use new norms
(B) ask that at least a few copies of the new form be administered for
    comparison
(C) insist on administering only the most recent form of the test
(D) recommend that the assessment be canceled
(E) administer the outdated form
Example Question #1
    To save the expense of purchasing a new test form, a chief school
    administrator asks a certified school psychologist to administer a
    six-year-old form of an achievement test that was purchased
    because it agreed with the curriculum of the school district at that
    time. Considering the situation and the National Association of
    School Psychologists’ (NASP’s) Principles for Professional Ethics,
    the school psychologist should

(A) administer the outdated form but use new norms
(B) ask that at least a few copies of the new form be administered for
    comparison
(C) insist on administering only the most recent form of the test
(D) recommend that the assessment be canceled
(E) administer the outdated form
Example Question #2
     According to Caplan’s model of consultee-centered case
     consultation, the consultant is primarily interested in

(A) identifying the causes and solutions of the client’s presenting
    problems
(B) identifying and eliminating the causes of the consultee’s
    difficulties in handling a problem
(C) establishing a hierarchy of authority to enable effective decision-
    making
(D) presenting a single well-defined and unambiguous course of
    action for the consultant to overcome skills deficits
(E) identifying practices in the administration of school programs
    that are inconsistent with stated instructional goals
Example Question #2
     According to Caplan’s model of consultee-centered case
     consultation, the consultant is primarily interested in

(A) identifying the causes and solutions of the client’s presenting
    problems
(B) identifying and eliminating the causes of the consultee’s
    difficulties in handling a problem
(C) establishing a hierarchy of authority to enable effective decision-
    making
(D) presenting a single well-defined and unambiguous course of
    action for the consultant to overcome skills deficits
(E) identifying practices in the administration of school programs
    that are inconsistent with stated instructional goals
How to study
•   Make a plan
•   Know your own strengths and weaknesses
•   Focus on big areas, not small details
•   Review your coursework
•   Study with classmates
Resources
• Best Practices V
• NASP Position Statements
• See handout from NASP
 http://www.nasponline.org/students/praxissuggestions.pdf
Advice from others…
And most of all…

•Be prepared
•Be confident
•Be relaxed!
Thank you!
• Please Feel Free to contact your NYASP student
  representatives : Students@Nyasp.org

• Or contact us directly at:

                • Reham Mougrabi
               Brooklynzrose@aol.com
                 • Amber Saracino
             Amber.saracino@marist.edu

				
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