Study Guide

Field 076: OPTE: 6–12
Test Design and Framework

The test design below describes general assessment information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Test overview, including duration of test, number of questions, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 75 selected-response questions and 3 constructed-response assignments
Time* 4 hours
Passing Score 240

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework

 

pie chart of subarea weighting, as described in the table below

Subareas Range of Competencies Approximate Percentage
of Test
Selected-Response
I Learners and Learning 0001–0003 24%
II Instructional Practice 0004–0007 28%
III The Professional Environment 0008–0010 18%
70%
Constructed-Response
I Learners and Learning 0001–0003 10%
II Instructional Practice 0004–0007 10%
III The Professional Environment 0008–0010 10%
30%

Subarea I–Learners and Learning

Competency 0001–Apply knowledge of how students grow and develop, variations in patterns of learning and development, and strategies for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

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Competency 0002–Apply knowledge of individual differences, the implications of diversity for teaching and learning, and strategies for establishing and maintaining inclusive learning environments that enable all students to meet high standards.

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Competency 0003–Apply knowledge of strategies for creating and maintaining positive learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

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Subarea II–Instructional Practice

Competency 0004–Apply knowledge of guiding principles, tools of inquiry, and structures of the teacher's discipline; strategies for creating learning experiences to make the discipline accessible and meaningful; and strategies for engaging students in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving.

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Competency 0005–Apply knowledge of how to use a variety of assessment strategies and assessment data to evaluate and modify the teaching and learning process and to ensure students' continuous intellectual, social, and physical development.

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Competency 0006–Apply and analyze instructional planning strategies for supporting all students in meeting rigorous goals that are based on content knowledge, curriculum and cross-disciplinary skills, and knowledge of students.

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Competency 0007–Analyze the use of various instructional strategies for encouraging students to develop a deep understanding of content and for building students' skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

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Subarea III–The Professional Environment

Competency 0008–Apply knowledge of strategies for fostering collaboration and positive interactions with students, families, colleagues, and members of the community and for engaging their active participation in promoting students' growth and well-being.

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Competency 0009–Apply knowledge of strategies for engaging in professional learning and for seeking leadership opportunities to ensure learner growth and advance the profession.

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Competency 0010–Apply knowledge of legal and ethical aspects of teaching, including the rights and responsibilities of teachers, students, and families in various educational contexts.

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