Penn State Harrisburg

Praxis Exam Pass Rates

In October 1998, the U.S. Congress enacted Title II of the Higher Education Act (HES). This act requires that all colleges and universities prepare and submit an annual report on teacher preparation and certification to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The information must also be disseminated to the general public on an annual basis. Thus, the following chart highlights our Title II information with you and verifies the strengths of our programs.

Title II Pass Rates 2012-2013 Academic year

The following institutional summary data represents the results of all of the tests given to all teacher candidates in their respective programs during the 2011-12 academic year.

  •  Penn State Harrisburg had an overall passing rate of 94% for all Praxis tests as compared to a statewide passing rate of 93% for 2011-12.
Content Area Penn State Harrisburg
Pass Rate
Statewide
Pass Rate
Early Childhood 
N/A N/A
Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction 82% 88%
Fundamental Subjects 100% 97%
Praxis I Math 100% 98%
Praxis I Reading 100% 99%
Praxis I Writing 100% 99%
Social Studies Content Knowledge 100% 93%
Important: Please note that there are other teacher preparation programs at Penn State Harrisburg such as Math, English, and Reading. For this testing period, too few took the tests to be recognized within the Title II data, or as in the case of Reading Specialists, Title II does not report the pass rate for Advanced certificate programs.

Please Note: While our testing scores are excellent, the true quality of a program must be judged using multiple measures. At Penn State Harrisburg, we are proud of our national accreditation, our courses, the field experiences, and the faculty.