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The Indiana CORE Assessments are part of the teacher certification process in the state of Indiana. This certification exam program is designed to ensure that teacher candidates have the knowledge and skills necessary to become educators in Indiana’s public schools. The examinations in the Indiana CORE program are the only tests that satisfy the testing requirement for teacher certification in Indiana.
The tests are objective-based and criterion-referenced. Each test measures a candidate’s knowledge and skills in relation to an established set of criterion, not against the performance of other candidates. The Indiana CORE assessments measure a candidate’s mastery of the knowledge and skill required of an entry-level teacher.
The Indiana CORE program consists of the CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA), the developmental (pedagogy) area assessments, and the content area assessments.
Anyone seeking certification as a highly qualified educator in Indiana must pass the Indiana CORE in order to become certified. The testing requirements and timeline will vary for candidates depending on the state-approved teacher preparation programs in which they are enrolled. There are several potential avenues a teacher candidate may take to becoming certified in Indiana depending on his or her background. See below for a description of each:
Candidates seeking to add a content area to an existing license must pass the content area assessment that match the license.
Candidates must take the CASA (or equivalent standardized admissions test) prior to enrolling in their educator preparation program.
Candidates should complete the Developmental and Content-Area Assessments prior to graduation from their certification program but after completing 90% of their coursework. This will ensure that candidates are prepared to begin their job search, but are also adequately prepared to succeed on the test.
For the best timeline, candidates should contact the academic advisor at their institution to find out each program’s requirements.
A list and description of each exam in the Indiana CORE program and the required exams for each content area is provided here. Most teaching candidates will need to pass at least two Indiana CORE assessments: the Developmental and Content-Area tests. Candidates entering an educator preparation program may also need to pass the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) before enrolling.
Content Area Assessments assess a candidate’s knowledge in the specific content area in which he or she is seeking certification. A complete list of content area assessments and descriptions is available through the Indiana CORE website.
Both the developmental area assessments and the content area assessment consist of multiple-choice questions with some constructed-response assignments. The number of questions and length of the test varies by content area.
Beginning to prepare for the Indiana CORE exam starts with understanding the test you need to take and the timeline for your preparation and testing dates.
Select score reporting options. During registration, you may select institutions to which you would like to send your score reports. Scores for all tests are automatically reported directly to the Indiana Department of Education. You can send additional reports at a later time, but it is more efficient to select your recipients during registration.
It is important to develop a study plan as part of your preparation for the Indiana CORE assessments. Each test contains many content areas, skills, and question types with which examinees should be familiar. The amount of time an examinee should spend study will depend on their familiarity with the content and skills assessed.
A general study plan should include the following:
After creating your study plan, you need to begin studying! Using 240Tutoring’s preparation guides, you can begin learning more about the content and types of questions on each exam and completing practice questions using testing strategies.
By identifying patterns in your performance, you can adapt your study plan to hone in on the areas in which you need to improve most.
For incorrect answers, be sure to read the answer explanation. You will see why each answer choice is correct or incorrect, and may notice details about the questions and answer choices that you did not notice in your first attempt. Reading explanations of incorrect answers ensures that you learn from your mistakes as you progress.
Your preparation plan does not end with studying—you should also have a test-day plan. This includes strategies should as taking a few days off from studying before the exam, taking care of yourself physically leading up to the exam, and looking up maps and directions in advance to ensure you arrive early to your site. You should also consider strategies to reduce test anxiety to be sure that your hard work and preparation are not overshadowed by nerves on test day.
There are several steps you need to take prior to arriving at the test site to ensure you are set up admission to the testing center test day.
For more information about what you may or may not bring to the test center, see the Indiana CORE Policies for test day.
By now, you should be familiar with what to expect on the exam. All that is left to do is complete it, but that may not be as simple as it sounds once the test is in front of you.
If you feel anxious, remember 7 Reasons People Fail Their Certification Exam. If you have prepared using these tips and 240Tutoring’s study guide, you will have:
Throughout the test, remember what you have learned, maintain a steady pace, and keep calm!
Score Reporting Dates
Scores are typically released within 10-20 business days of your testing date.
For the most up-to-date calendar of score-reporting dates, see Indiana CORE’s test date guidance.
Sending and Canceling Scores
When registering for the Indiana CORE, you will have indicated which institutions or programs you to which you would like to send score reports. Your test scores will be automatically reported to you, the Indiana Department of Education, and the institutions that you indicated when you registered. If needed, you may choose to send your scores to additional recipients. Learn more about requesting additional copies of your test results here.
If at the end of your paper-based test you do not want your scores reported or do not feel that you performed as well as you could have, you may cancel your test scores.
If you choose to report your scores to a certification institution, you will be unable to cancel them at any point and they will become an official part of your record. If you choose to cancel your scores, you will be unable to report your scores and they will never be reinstated to your testing record. Cancellation does not result in a refund.
Except for extreme circumstances, such as severe physical illness or overwhelming anxiety, it is not recommended that you cancel your scores.
Official Score Reports
Official score reports are posted to examinee accounts on the score report date according to the exam. Examinees will receive an email notification when official score reports are available, and may access their Indiana CORE account to view their score reports.
Understanding Your Scores
Your official score report explains your score and whether you passed or failed. Your raw score and percentage of correct answers on the Indiana CORE are converted to a common measure called a scale score. A scale score allows multiple forms of a test to share a common minimum passing score. Test results are reported using a scaled score from 100 to 300.
The minimum passing scale score for tests is a scaled score of 220 or higher. For assessments that contain multiple subtests, examinees receive a separate score for each subtest and must pass each subtest meet the passing requirements. Information about the scoring of constructed responses varies by test. Information is available on the test information page for each assessment.
Retaking the Exam
In the event that you do not earn a passing score, you may retake the test to attempt it again. You must wait 30 days to retake any exam or part of an exam, but there is no limit to the number of times you may take an exam.
If you take a combined assessment and only pass one of the subtests, you will only need to retake the single subtest you did not pass. Once you have achieved a passing score on all subtests, you will have passed the entire assessment.
When registering for a retake, you should access your Indiana CORE testing account to register to retake the exam, you need to reregister for the exam, so do so as quickly as possible. Take action immediately to be sure you meet your certification deadlines!
State Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensure
If you are pursuing an education degree in a state outside of Indiana, or if you hold a valid educator’s license in another state, you may be able to transfer your licensure to Indiana.
Out-of-state graduates should create and account and submit credentials through Indiana’s License Verification Information System. Your credentials will be reviewed and you will be notified if any deficiencies exist in your application. See the Out-Of-State Graduates guide for more information.
If you currently hold a valid teaching license in another state, you may be eligible for a temporary one-year reciprocal permits that allows you to begin teaching while you address any deficiencies in your credentials. Licensed educators from other states should also submit their credentials to the License Verification Information System for review. More information is available through the Indiana Department of Education’s licensing page.
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