Basic skills testing
Washington state requires that all prospective teachers show evidence of basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. That means basic skills proficiency is required in all three areas prior to admission to any of our teacher preparation programs (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or Master in Teaching).
Beginning in September, 2013, prospective teachers have had the option of using SAT, ACT, or WEST-B scores to meet the basic skills requirement for Washington teacher certification. Any combination may be used, as long as passing scores are achieved in each area of reading, writing, and mathematics.
Passing scores are defined as follows:
|Current passing score||9/2015-8/2016||2/2005 to 8/2015|
|Current passing score||Prior to 03/2016|
|Current passing score|
Additional information can be found on the Professional Educator Standards Board’s (PESB) website.