Board Initiatives

Rule Making

Unit and Program Approval Processes 

On December 15, 2014, the Board of Teaching published a notice of adoption in the State Register, closing the rule making process to revise the rule governing both unit and program standards.
The newly adopted rules become effective on January 1, 2016.  

edTPA in Minnesota

After more than four years of development and analysis, including two years of field testing with 12,000 teacher candidates, this new performance-based assessment to measure the classroom readiness of teachers now is fully operational and ready for use across the country. The assessment, edTPA™, was developed by hundreds of teachers and teacher educators in a process orchestrated by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), with support from AACTE. It promises to transform the preparation and certification of new teachers by complementing written tests of subject knowledge with a classroom-based process that requires teacher candidates to demonstrate they can plan, teach and assess student learning effectively within their content areas.

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education are pleased to announce the public release of the 2013 edTPA Field Test: Summary Report. The report describes edTPA design, development efforts by the profession for the profession, data informing validity and reliability studies, and field test and standard-setting results.

Visit the edTPA website for more information on this national undertaking.

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exams

The Board of Teaching is responsible for overseeing the testing requirements set forth in Minnesota law and is continually monitoring and analyzing the testing program. 

  • At the September 13, 2013 meeting, the Board reset the passing scores for selected Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations, back to the panel based recommendation.  Details regarding the changes and impacted exams were announced in the State Register on September 28, 2013 (below). 

  • The 2013 Minnesota Legislature established a 20-member Teacher Licensure Advisory Task Force to make recommendations to the Board of Teaching, the commissioner of education, and the education committees of the Legislature on requirements for teacher applicants to: 

  1. Demonstrate mastery of reading, writing and mathematics skills through nationally normed assessments, a professional skills portfolio, or accredited college coursework, among other methods of demonstrating skills mastery.
  2. An alternative licensure pathway for non-native English speakers seeking licensure to teach in a language immersion program.  
        Meeting information and handouts are available on the Task Force website.

  • During the 2012-2013 school year the Board invested in several areas to further strengthen the MTLE, including:
            Increased the testing time for select subtests
            Convened Minnesota educators for Passing Score Review meetings in six fields 
                resulting in new passing scores for those fields
            Re-developed the Special Education Core Skills examination to align with the new licensure standards
            Prepared new preparation materials (Expanded Study Guides) for fourteen MTLE fields

  • Additional enhancements that are underway include:
            Implementing expanded documentation options for Alternative Testing Arrangements
            Additional feedback to candidates who take Basic Skills tests

Learn more about which tests are required for a teaching license in Minnesota, get specific information about when and where you can take the test, and access preparation materials.