Starting this fall, school psychologists applying for certification in Missouri will only have to take one exam, the Praxis, that can be used to apply for both a Missouri certificate and the NCSP. Thanks to MASP members for their advocacy!
A few years ago, the Missouri DESE developed new Content Assessments for almost all areas of educator certification. This included the development of a new School Psychologist Assessment. However, the new Missouri exam for School Psychologist certification was not the approved Praxis School Psychologist exam (ETS) which is a requirement to pass in order to obtain certification as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Missouri's change to the new assessments effectively required all students enrolled in Missouri school psychologist training programs to take both exams in order to obtain certification.
We are pleased to announce that the State Board of Education determined that this will no longer be necessary. The School Psychologist (057) assessment administered by Evaluation Systems (Pearson) is scheduled to be removed from the List of Approved Assessments as of August 28, 2016. The School Psychologist exam (5402) administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) will be added to the List of Approved Assessments effective on August 29, 2016. The Missouri Qualifying Score has been set at 147 (the same score required to obtain the NCSP).