OAE (Ohio Assessments for Educators) and edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment)

All students seeking initial licensure in the state of Ohio must take the Pearson exams. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) requires passage of the Professional Knowledge Assessment and one or more Content Assessment(s) (appropriate to the licensure area being sought).

Ohio Assessments for Educators

The new Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) are provided by the Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, and measure professional, pedagogical and subject-specific knowledge and skills.

Online registration for these computer-delivered tests is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The option is available to register up to 24 hours before testing. 

The OAE exams must be completed and passed prior to the end of the Clinical/Student Teaching Experience.

Information about testing requirements in Ohio is also available at the Ohio Department of Education website. As the specific tests required by the ODE change from time to time, it is essential that teaching candidates follow the directives on the Ohio Assessments for Educators website regarding required tests for each specific Ohio license.

The following information is available regarding the OAE passage rate of College of Wooster students.

Year Takers Passage Rate
2015-2016 23 100%
2014 - 2015 15 100%
2013 - 2014 20 100%

Explanation of Ohio Assessments for Educators

The Ohio Assessments for Educators assess the content-area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator licensure or adding a new licensure area. The assessments are aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core State Standards. Ohio licensure candidates are required to successfully complete only ONE assessment of professional (pedagogical) knowledge for their first license. The addition of other licensure areas or endorsements will require only successful completion of the associated content-area assessment.

Completion and passage of at least two Ohio Assessments for Educators (Pearson Tests) are required by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) of all individuals seeking initial teaching licensure in the state of Ohio, regardless of the institution in which teacher preparation is being completed. These tests are:

Early Childhood (PK–3)

  • 001 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood (PK–3)
  • 012 Early Childhood Education

Adolescent to Young Adult (7 – 12)

Integrated Language Arts

  • 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 020 English Language Arts Content

Integrated Mathematics

  • 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 027 Mathematics Content

Integrated Social Studies

  • 003 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Adolescence to Young Adult (7–12)
  • 025 Integrated Social Studies Content

Multi-Age (PK–12)

  • 004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK–12)
  • 032 Music

Students are responsible for checking these requirements and registering/taking the correct tests. It is essential that the official scores be sent to the College of Wooster and the Ohio Department of Education from Pearson in order to process the teaching license.

Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)

edTPA is a pre-service assessment that requires candidates to actually demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to help all students learn in real classrooms. edTPA is intended to be used for teacher licensure and to support state and national program accreditation.

edTPA is subject-specific with separate versions for Early Childhood, Multi-age and Secondary licensure fields. edTPA includes a review of a teacher candidate's authentic teaching materials as the culmination of a teaching and learning process that documents and demonstrates each candidate's ability to effectively teach subject matter to all students.

The assessment provides a uniform and evidence-based process that can be used across states to confirm that aspiring teachers demonstrate their readiness for the classroom. It is an effective measure of entry-level teaching skills and readiness for the classroom regardless of the path candidates take to becoming teachers.