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Table 22.  Percentage of public school teachers who took and passed various tests, by state: 2003–04

State Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Reading Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Mathematics Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Writing The Praxis II: Subject Assessment in a specific content area An exam for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification Other test of basic skills or subject knowledge, required by certain states, districts, or schools
United States  32.0 28.7 29.1 30.3 14.6 43.9
             
Alabama  16.6 11.9 11.1 16.6 10.0 51.1
Alaska  43.8 42.1 42.0 14.7 4.7 25.2
Arizona  30.1 27.0 28.3 19.4 13.8 57.9
Arkansas  67.5 63.2 63.9 74.3 24.0 52.7
California  15.8 13.5 14.4 17.6 9.3 74.0
             
Colorado  18.4 16.8 15.3 12.1 15.7 62.7
Connecticut  34.5 32.4 32.4 42.4 7.9 27.9
Delaware  68.6 68.0 69.7 25.5 5.4 18.6
District of Columbia  48.5 40.3 45.2 38.1 6.4 22.7
Florida  22.4 18.8 18.9 25.8 15.7 60.4
             
Georgia  35.7 31.1 30.4 47.2 13.0 61.4
Hawaii  63.1 60.6 62.9 55.0 10.0 35.5
Idaho  30.0 28.2 30.0 21.4 10.4 48.5
Illinois  22.5 20.2 20.7 20.7 20.9 52.7
Indiana  47.9 45.2 46.5 42.3 17.3 18.6
             
Iowa  18.1 17.4 17.8 10.1 3.3 11.4
Kansas  50.7 49.4 49.4 30.9 10.6 22.0
Kentucky  49.0 43.1 44.8 53.9 19.9 35.5
Louisiana  63.3 60.4 60.5 62.4 17.7 26.6
Maine  41.0 37.9 38.9 20.7 11.4 15.3
             
Maryland  53.7 49.6 50.4 49.7 9.5 29.9
Massachusetts  13.4 8.2 11.1 8.3 9.2 33.5
Michigan  20.5 17.6 17.9 20.1 17.4 43.0
Minnesota  53.2 51.8 52.1 11.9 4.2 13.2
Mississippi  67.3 60.4 61.3 67.3 13.0 33.0
             
Missouri  27.5 23.5 23.0 36.9 9.0 32.5
Montana  37.3 36.2 36.5 20.9 11.1 17.9
Nebraska  52.7 51.8 51.4 10.5 4.2 11.8
Nevada  63.7 61.4 63.0 55.0 7.9 45.6
New Hampshire  37.4 36.0 35.9 10.6 5.8 20.8
             
New Jersey  21.7 18.5 17.3 38.2 7.7 24.6
New Mexico  58.3 55.6 56.4 47.8 18.7 43.0
New York  28.4 23.6 26.7 26.1 22.3 54.1
North Carolina  59.3 52.3 46.3 64.1 12.5 29.1
North Dakota  26.2 25.3 25.0 11.0 6.1 13.6
             
Ohio  33.1 28.6 28.2 39.6 7.1 19.7
Oklahoma  22.8 19.1 20.0 24.3 15.9 56.9
Oregon  34.2 30.8 31.2 35.1 10.0 54.8
Pennsylvania  45.6 41.6 42.1 44.8 14.7 33.9
Rhode Island  46.2 41.6 43.2 30.8 12.1 25.4
             
South Carolina  51.4 43.3 42.8 68.6 16.4 38.1
South Dakota  24.3 22.9 23.6 9.9 5.3 12.8
Tennessee  56.8 52.0 52.5 62.6 20.5 34.5
Texas  14.5 12.3 12.7 15.9 31.8 77.2
Utah  10.8 9.8 10.0 5.8 3.6 19.3
             
Vermont  18.9 17.5 18.9 12.0 3.2 14.0
Virginia  52.2 49.5 51.3 39.2 16.1 24.9
Washington  8.3 7.3 7.7 6.2 3.7 22.3
West Virginia  45.4 39.8 38.7 50.1 13.8 40.3
Wisconsin  39.9 39.2 39.6 7.2 2.7 13.9
Wyoming  14.1 13.5 14.0 6.8 8.0 28.7
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Estimates include teachers who did not take the test as part of the denominator.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, Public School Teacher Data File, 2003–04.

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