Office of Assessment
Office of Assessment
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Bureau of Postsecondary Assessment
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Fax: (850) 245-0793
The Bureau of Postsecondary Assessment is responsible for all aspects of educator certification examinations, including developing, administering, scoring, and reporting the results for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) and Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), as well as assisting with the administration and reporting of several other postsecondary assessments. Services are provided both by staff and through various contracts with assessment vendors.
Assessing Florida's Educators
The implementation of Florida's educator assessments is driven by the goal of increasing the number of highly qualified K-12 teachers and administrators in Florida. All of the assessments are administered under the FTCE or the FELE programs and are required by Florida law (see Sections 1012.55 and 1012.56, Florida Statutes).
- FTCE - Florida Teacher Certification Examinations: The FTCE is administered to educators seeking initial certification in the K-12 system. Educator candidates take one of 42 subject area examinations, as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.
- FELE - Florida Educational Leadership Examination: The FELE is administered to educators seeking initial certification as educational administrators in the K-12 system. Administrator candidates take the FELE as well as the General Knowledge Test and Professional Education Test.
As of December 2009, all FTCE/FELE tests are available on computer, and as of January 2010, paper-based testing (PBT) is no longer available. A list of computer-based tests currently available around the state is posted on the FTCE/FELE contractor website.
Other Postsecondary Assessments
For more information on examinations that the Bureau of Postsecondary Assessment coordinates, please select from among the links below.