Superintendent’s Memo #059-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 14, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Passing Scores for the Praxis II Family and Consumer Sciences Test (5122)

The Board of Education prescribes the professional teacher’s assessment requirements for initial licensure in Virginia as set forth in Section 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia.  The Praxis II Specialty Area Tests are required for endorsement (content) areas.  The Praxis II assessment currently required for individuals seeking an initial license with an endorsement in Career and Technical Education – Family and Consumer Sciences is the Family and Consumer Sciences (0121/5121) test.

Effective June 30, 2015, this licensure assessment will be discontinued in Virginia.  Effective July 1, 2015, the Virginia Board of Education’s prescribed assessment will be the new Praxis II Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) test developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), that administers the Praxis II assessments.  On February 27, 2014, the Virginia Board of Education approved the passing score of 153 (67 raw-score points) for the Praxis II Family and Consumer Sciences (5122) test.

Score reports for individuals who have or will have taken the Praxis II Family and Consumer Sciences (0121/5121) test prior to July 1, 2015, will be accepted for licensure provided the candidate met the passing score effective at the time the test was taken.  Information on professional teacher’s assessments in Virginia may be accessed at the following Web site:

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Mark R. Allan, director of teacher licensure and school leadership, via e-mail at or telephone at (804) 371-2471.


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