Test Design and
Test Framework

Fields 197–200: Elementary Education (Grades 1–6)

The test design below describes general test information. The framework that follows is a detailed outline that explains the knowledge and skills that this test measures.

Test Design

Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions Subtest 1: Language and Literacy (197): 60 multiple-choice questions
Subtest 2: Mathematics (198): 60 multiple-choice questions
Subtest 3: Science and Social Science (199): 60 multiple-choice questions
Subtest 4: Fine Arts, Physical Development, and Health (200): 50 multiple-choice questions
Time* All four subtests in a single session: 6 hours, 30 minutes
Subtest 1, 3, or 4 in a single session: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Subtest 2 in a single session: 2 hours
Passing Score TBD

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Framework

Field 197: Subtest I—Language and Literacy (Grades 1–6)



Objective Number of Items Approximate Objective Weight as % of Total Test
Objective 0001: Understand foundations of research-based literacy instruction and assessment and apply knowledge of emergent literacy development. 10 17%
Objective 0002: Apply knowledge of decoding and fluency development. 10 17%
Objective 0003: Apply knowledge of development in vocabulary, academic language, and reading comprehension. 10 17%
Objective 0004: Apply knowledge of skills and approaches for developing comprehension and analysis of literary and informational texts. 10 17%
Objective 0005: Apply knowledge of writing development and the writing process. 10 16%
Objective 0006: Apply knowledge of the development of speaking and listening skills. 10 16%
Total 60 100%
Objective 0001—Understand foundations of research-based literacy instruction and assessment and apply knowledge of emergent literacy development.

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Objective 0002—Apply knowledge of decoding and fluency development.

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Objective 0003—Apply knowledge of development in vocabulary, academic language, and reading comprehension.

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Objective 0004—Apply knowledge of skills and approaches for developing comprehension and analysis of literary and informational texts.

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Objective 0005—Apply knowledge of writing development and the writing process.

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Objective 0006—Apply knowledge of the development of speaking and listening skills.

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Field 198: Subtest II—Mathematics (Grades 1–6)



Objective Number of Items Approximate Objective Weight as % of Total Test
Objective 0001: Apply knowledge of college algebra and statistics. 10 17%
Objective 0002: Apply knowledge of the mathematics curriculum and strategies for teaching counting and cardinality, numbers, and operations in base ten. 10 17%
Objective 0003: Apply knowledge of properties of numbers and operations involving fractions and strategies for teaching these concepts to students. 10 17%
Objective 0004: Apply knowledge of operations and algebraic thinking and strategies for teaching these concepts to students. 10 17%
Objective 0005: Apply knowledge of measurement and data and strategies for teaching these concepts to students. 10 16%
Objective 0006: Apply knowledge of geometry and strategies for teaching geometry concepts to students. 10 16%
Total 60 100%
Objective 0001—Apply knowledge of college algebra and statistics.

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Objective 0002—Apply knowledge of the mathematics curriculum and strategies for teaching counting and cardinality, numbers, and operations in base ten.

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Objective 0003—Apply knowledge of properties of numbers and operations involving fractions and strategies for teaching these concepts to students.

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Objective 0004—Apply knowledge of operations and algebraic thinking and strategies for teaching these concepts to students.

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Objective 0005—Apply knowledge of measurement and data and strategies for teaching these concepts to students.

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Objective 0006—Apply knowledge of geometry and strategies for teaching geometry concepts to students.

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Field 199: Subtest III—Science and Social Science (Grades 1–6)



Objective Number of Items Approximate Objective Weight as % of Total Test
Objective 0001: Understand the interrelationships among science, technology, and society. 10 17%
Objective 0002: Understand the use of scientific investigations and inquiry skills and apply principles and procedures, including safety practices, related to the design and implementation of scientific investigations. 10 17%
Objective 0003: Understand the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of the life sciences, the physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences. 10 17%
Objective 0004: Understand the structures and functions of the government; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States; and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful participation in civic life. 10 17%
Objective 0005: Understand the interrelationships of economic and political principles, concepts, and systems and their relationship to historical and contemporary developments in Illinois, the United States, and the world. 10 16%
Objective 0006: Understand major principles, concepts, and phenomena of geography, sociology, and culture and the interrelationships between people and their environment. 10 16%
Total 60 100%
Objective 0001—Understand the interrelationships among science, technology, and society.

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Objective 0002—Understand the use of scientific investigations and inquiry skills and apply principles and procedures, including safety practices, related to the design and implementation of scientific investigations.

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Objective 0003—Understand the fundamental concepts, principles, and interconnections of the life sciences, the physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences.

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Objective 0004—Understand the structures and functions of government; the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the United States; and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for successful participation in civic life.

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Objective 0005—Understand the interrelationships of economic and political principles, concepts, and systems and their relationship to historical and contemporary developments in Illinois, the United States, and the world.

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Objective 0006—Understand major principles, concepts, and phenomena of geography, sociology, and culture and the interrelationships between people and their environment.

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Field 200: Subtest IV—Fine Arts, Physical Development, and Health (Grades 1–6)



Objective Number of Items Approximate Objective Weight as % of Total Test
Objective 0001: Understand historical, cultural, and societal context for the arts (visual arts, music, drama, dance) and the interrelationships among the arts. 10 20%
Objective 0002: Understand concepts, techniques, and materials related to the visual arts, music, drama, and dance and how to provide students with learning opportunities that encourage them to express themselves through the arts. 10 20%
Objective 0003: Understand fundamental concepts, principles, and practices related to movement, sports, and team-building skills and the role of physical activity in promoting students' personal, social, and cognitive development. 10 20%
Objective 0004: Understand the systems of the human body; health-related and skill-related fitness components, concepts, and practices; and interrelationships between fitness and body systems. 10 20%
Objective 0005: Understand principles and practices related to personal, family, and community health and safety and ways to provide students with knowledge and skills that will help them make sound health-related decisions. 10 20%
Total 50 100%
Objective 0001—Understand historical, cultural, and societal contexts for the arts (visual arts, music, drama, dance) and the interrelationships among the arts.

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Objective 0002—Understand concepts, techniques, and materials related to the visual arts, music, drama, and dance and how to provide students with learning opportunities that encourage them to express themselves through the arts.

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Objective 0003—Understand fundamental concepts, principles, and practices related to movement, sports, and team-building skills and the role of physical activity in promoting students' personal, social, and cognitive development.

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Objective 0004—Understand the systems of the human body; health-related and skill-related fitness components, concepts, and practices; and interrelationships between fitness and body systems.

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Objective 0005—Understand principles and practices related to personal, family, and community health and safety and ways to provide students with knowledge and skills that will help them make sound health-related decisions.

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