CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)

Entry into Indiana Educator Preparation Programs

CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)Effective September 1, 2013, prospective Indiana educators may no longer take Praxis I to satisfy the basic skills competency requirement for entry into Indiana educator preparation programs. The new basic skills assessment—called CORE Academic Skills Assessment (CASA)—requires candidates to demonstrate basic skills competency prior to admission to Indiana educator preparation programs.

Candidates have the option of achieving passing scores on the CASA as one means for demonstrating basic skills competency. Candidates may also document basic skills competency for admission to educator preparation programs using the following additional assessments/routes:

  • ACT® with a score of at least 24 based on Math, Reading, Grammar, and Science
  • SAT® with a score of at least 1100 based on Critical Reading and Math
  • GRE® with a score of at least 1100 based on Verbal and Quantitative prior to 8/1/11; OR
  • GRE® with a score of at least 301 based on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/11
  • Note: ACT, SAT, and GRE scores do not include writing. Anyone with a master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution is exempt from this requirement.

    Educator Licensure Assessments

    The content area and developmental (pedagogy) area assessments included in the Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure will be available beginning on February 10, 2014. Candidates seeking an initial practitioner license will be required to pass a developmental (pedagogy) area assessment and the appropriate content area assessments. Candidates seeking to add a content area to their license will be required to achieve passing scores on the Indiana CORE content area assessment(s) that match the license.

    Note: After May 31, 2014, if the appropriate Praxis II, in its entirety, has not been passed it may not be used to satisfy the content area assessment requirements for licensure.

    Refer to "Indiana CORE Assessments for Educator Licensure program: Requirements by licensure content area" to find out which tests you need to take based on your licensure content area.

    For more information regarding Indiana educator licensure requirements, visit the Office of Educator Licensing and Development on the Indiana Department of Education website.