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July 5, 2007

Beutner chosen for Praxis National Advisory Committee

Michael Beutner, associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, has been selected to the Educational Testing Service’s Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching National Advisory Committee, which will meet July 23 – 25 in Princeton, N.J.

ETS is the organization that creates the SAT, GRE and Praxis exams. Every student majoring in education has to pass the Praxis in order to be certified.

The National Advisory Committee is a key component in the development process for Praxis tests and typically consists of a diverse group of 15 practicing teachers and higher education faculty who are involved in teacher preparation. Members will serve for approximately one year and will be paid by ETS for periodic visits. The NAC will work closely with ETS assessment specialists to develop a job analysis survey, test specifications, and test designs.

The PLT Tests are intended primarily for examinees that have completed their general pedagogical training for teacher licensure from the elementary to secondary levels.

“This will allow ULM to have even more significant influence on the future of education,” Beutner said. “I'm very excited about serving on the ETS national advisory group for the Praxis.”

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