American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Education Fundamentals
Competency Assessment and Certification


Description of the Assessment and Certification
The Education Fundamentals assessment and certification are

  • driven by industry standards;
  • based on relevant content standards and consistent with the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the National Career Clusters Initiative;
  • appropriate to validate achievement of competencies related to the fundamentals of education and training;
  • useful in a broad range of education and employment settings, such as secondary and post-secondary education, community-based education programs, and employer-based human resource and staff development programs; and
  • advantaged to utilize a gold-standard, computer-based testing platform format that provides for valid and reliable competency measurement, and a reporting mechanism for data-driven program improvement, accountability, and individual remediation and acceleration.


Uses of the Assessment and Certification

The assessment and certification will be used to:

  • document exit-level achievement in rigorous secondary programs and lower division post-secondary courses;
  • satisfy federal accountability reporting mandates required by Perkins IV legislation;
  • facilitate seamless articulation, placement, and credit-by exam within post-secondary institutions;
  • validate competencies required for employment at the pre-professional and/or paraprofessional level; and
  • provide an industry-recognized certification. 


Careers

It is anticipated that the Education Fundamentals assessment and certification will facilitate employment in early career ladder positions and promote continuing education at the post-secondary level preparing for careers associated with education and training in:  

  • public and private school programs,
  • elementary, middle, and secondary schools,
  • after-school programs;
  • higher education, non-profit, and corporate settings.


Assessment and Certification Resources

  • Click here for the Education Fundamentals Competency List
  • Click here for a one-page overview of the Education Fundamentals assessment and certification
  • Click here for the Assessment Information Bulletin for Education Fundamentals (includes detailed information on assessment design, scoring, content, sample test items, and resources)
  • Click here to access the Education Fundamentals Instructional Resource Directory
  • Click here for the Alignment to the 21st Century Student Outcomes - NEW!
  • COMING SOON! - Alignment to the Career Ready Practices of the Common Career Technical Core
  • Click here for National Percentile Scores (used for comparison of scores to national averages)

 

Scoring
Once the assessment is submitted, results are immediately available to the test candidate. The results provide an overall percentage score, a breakdown of scores corresponding to domains, and the indication whether pre-professional certification was achieved. The national cut score for pre-professional certification eligibility is established annually by AAFCS. Scores can be used to demonstrate competency, pinpoint weaknesses or gaps in performance, improve programs and curricula, and demonstrate accountability to stakeholders. Through articulation agreements, scores may be used as the basis for advanced placement and/or credit-by-exam at post-secondary institutions. Thus, local and state entities have latitude for independently establishing passing or qualifying scores for other purposes.


Pre-Professional Certification Score
(effective 8/01/2014 - 07/31/2015): 72%
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Developed by National Education Professionals
AAFCS has engaged the assistance of a broad range of esteemed education professionals and leaders from across the nation to assist in identifying relevant industry standards and develop the assessment instrument.  Recognizing the value of a solid assessment tool in assuring that programs are effectively preparing individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality education and training, the following stakeholders participated on the development panel for the assessment and certification:

  • David Cordts, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Reston, VA
  • Wanda Fox, TeachSharp LLC, West Lafayette, IN
  • Carol Riley, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Reston, VA
  • Marcia J. Ritter, Educational Consultant, Lee's Summit, MO
  • Jody Shelton, American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA), Overland Park, KS
  • Faye Snodgress, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education, Indianapolis, IN
  • Pat Stanley, U.S. Department of Education (Retired), The Villages, FL
  • Jan Struebing, National Career Academy Coalition, Springdale, AR
  • Marcella Wine-Snyder, Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), Rock Hill, SC
  • Ginny Ellington, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • Bonnie James, Notre Dame College, South Euclid, OH
  • Susan Roark, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
  • Tamara Lane, Siloam Springs High Schoo, Siloam Springs, AR
  • Debbie Nelson, Alameda High School, Lakewood, CO


Further Information

For further information please contact:  Lori Myers, Director, Pre-Professional Assessment and Certification; 703-706-4600; LMyers@aafcs.org; www.aafcs.org.

 

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