Undergraduate Candidate Assessment

All Jackson State University teacher education candidates are responsible for completion of a series of professional education coursework and assessments designed to ensure that candidates learn and exhibit mastery of key content and pedagogical knowledge and skills prior to program completion. Course-based key assessments are designed to test candidate mastery of key knowledge and skills as they matriculate through the program. These assessments are aligned to INTASC, TGR (Mississippi Standards), and program standards. Candidate dispositional assessments are designed to assess candidate’s habits of professional action and moral commitment that underlie performance. Jackson State University utilizes dispositional assessments unique to the university at Level I and Level II and state of Mississippi mandated dispositions at Level III. Level I and II dispositions enable faculty to assess candidates on observable behaviors regularly exhibited by candidates in class and/or field experiences. You may view any assessment below by clicking on the associated link. This will let you know what will be expected of you upon enrollment in the course associated with the key assessment.

Course-based EPP Key Assessments:

Candidate Dispositions Assessment:

Recommended Completion Schedule for Licensure Exams:

  • PRAXIS CORE: Successfully Completed by the End of Sophomore Year (Exempt with ACT Score of 21 or higher, SAT score of 1060 or higher, or GPA of 3.0 or higher on 60 designated hours of coursework)
  • PRAXIS II Content: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year
  • PRAXIS II PLT: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year
  • Foundations of Reading Exam: Successfully Completed by the End of Junior Year (Elementary Only)


Administration and Scoring of Course-based Key Assessments Policy

*This policy only applies to the designated course-based key assessments listed above.

       a. Course-based key assessments and scoring criteria must be introduced and explained to candidates enrolled in an assessment course when reviewing course syllabus and requirements at the beginning of the semester.

       b. Candidates are allowed one (1) resubmission of course-based key assessment after receiving feedback and/or remediation on the initial submission of the key assessment

       c. Course-based key assessments are due a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the end of the semester to allow time for scoring, resubmission by candidate(s) if necessary, and whole class discussion and/or remediation if necessary

       d. Whole class discussion and/or remediation is required for knowledge/skills where class performs at or below the “Needs Improvement” level

       e. Candidates must successfully complete the course-based key assessment in order to pass a key assessment course