Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Practice Questions

Now that you’ve learned about what’s on the Praxis Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Test, try your hand at a few Praxis Elementary Education practice questions.

Question 1
If a second-grade teacher has a student who, in early March, is still not reading, the teacher should
A. not be concerned, because eventually the student will catch up
B. consider sending the student for remediation so he can learn to read
C. assume the student is normal because most children do not read well until the third grade
D. decide that retention is the only option for the student

B: Most children are reading by the end of second grade, so this student’s competence is cause for concern. Eliminate (A) and (C). However, retention (D) should be an option to consider only after all other options have been exhausted. (B) is the correct answer.

Question 2
Using a strict place value notation, which of the below students was correct?
Students were given base ten blocks to demonstrate their understanding of numeration systems. The ones blocks are red. The tens blocks are green. The hundreds blocks are black. The table below shows how four students demonstrated the number 124.
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A. Barbara
B. Carletta
C. Janice
D. Jeanne

B: (B) is the correct answer because Carletta’s 4 ones, 2 tens, and 1 hundred map to the digits’ place values. Barbara’s manipulatives (A) represent 4 ones and 12 tens; this adds up to 124 but does not indicate place value notation. Jeanne’s manipulatives (D) represent 24 ones and 1 hundred; these values also sum to 124, but her choice of blocks does not indicate place value notation. Janice’s manipulatives (C) represent 4 hundreds, 2 tens, and 1 red for a total of 421.

Question 3
Which of the following best summarizes Glasser’s control theory approach to classroom management, as it is applied to science instruction?
A. Students are left on their own to figure out how they should behave in science class.
B. Science students will follow the teacher’s rules because the teacher is an authority figure.
C. Students help decide what science topics within the curriculum to study, develop the classroom rules, and then accept ownership of the consequences.
D. The teacher takes every opportunity to show students how their behavior and learning are relevant to the real world.

C: Glasser’s control theory is about students having control of their learning environment, so choice (C) is correct. (A), (B), and (D) describe behaviors that are not included in the theory.

Question 4
Which of the following would be the most appropriately written instructional objective?
A. The students will understand the events leading to the start of World War I.
B. The students will learn the US state capitals.
C. The students will explain three key outcomes of the Geneva Conventions.
D. The students will enjoy explaining different economic systems.

C: Instructional objectives must include measurable outcomes; understanding (A), learning (B), and enjoying (D) are not measurable. (C) is correct because one can measure whether students can identify three key outcomes of the Geneva Conventions and score the quality of their responses using a rubric.

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