New National Evaluation Series (NES) Subject Knowledge Exams

The Arizona State Board of Education has approved the adoption of the National Evaluation Series (NES) Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) (NT 105) exam and the NES Social Science exam to meet the Secondary subject knowledge exam requirement to teach Social Studies in grades 6-12.

NES Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) Exam

The Arizona State Board of Education has approved the adoption of the National Evaluation Series (NES) Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) (NT 105) exam.  This exam meets the secondary subject Knowledge exam requirement for a Middle Grades/Early Secondary Mathematics approved area.  As a result of the adoption of this exam, there are now three Mathematics Approved Areas:

  • Middle Grades Mathematics 6-8 – Authorizes the educator to teach Mathematics in grades 6-8. The Middle Grades Mathematics approved area may be added to an Elementary, 1-8 certificate or a Secondary certificate with an existing 6-12 approved area.  Note:  The Middle Grades Mathematics exam does not meet the Subject Knowledge exam requirement for a Secondary certificate since it is limited to grades 6-8.  
  • Middle Grades/Early Secondary Mathematics – Authorizes the educator to teach Middle Grades Mathematics, Algebra I, Geometry, General Mathematics, and Foundational Mathematics in grades 6-12.
  • Mathematics – Authorizes the educator to teach all levels of Mathematics in grades 6-12.

New NES Social Science Exam

While the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was in effect, the Certification Unit did not offer a Social Studies approved area for grades 6-12 because federal law required high school teachers to demonstrate competency in the specific Social Studies subject(s) they were teaching.  Because the highly qualified provisions were not re-authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Department proposed the adoption of the NES Social Science (303) exam at the August 22, 2016 Board meeting to provide an additional exam option for Social Studies teachers.   The Board approved the adoption of the NES Social Science exam to meet the Secondary subject knowledge exam requirement to teach Social Studies in grades 6-12.

Teachers who are interested in registering for one of the new NES subject knowledge exams may visit www.aepa.nesinc.com for further information.