Testing Teacher Candidates: The Role of Licensure Tests in Improving Teacher Quality

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Americans have adopted a reform agenda for their schools that calls for excellence in teaching and learning. School officials across the nation are hard at work targeting instruction at high levels for all students. Gaps remain, however, between the nation's educational aspirations and student achievement. To address these gaps, policy makers have recently focused on the qualifications of teachers and the preparation of teacher candidates.

This book examines the appropriateness and technical quality of teacher licensure tests currently in use, evaluates the merits of using licensure test results to hold states and institutions of higher education accountable for the quality of teacher preparation and licensure, and suggests alternatives for developing and assessing beginning teacher competence.

Teaching is a complex activity. Definitions of quality teaching have changed and will continue to change over time as society's values change. This book provides policy makers, teacher testers, and teacher educators with advice on how to use current tests to assess teacher candidates and evaluate teacher preparation, ensuring that America's youth are being taught by the most qualified candidates.

 

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Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
20
INTRODUCTION 11
30
DEFINING TEACHER QUALITY 19
38
TESTING AND LICENSING BEGINNING TEACHERS 34
53
DEVELOPING AN EVALUATION FRAMEWORK
89
EVALUATING CURRENT TESTS 83
102
USING LICENSURE TESTS TO IMPROVE TEACHER
134
USING LICENSURE TESTS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY 136
155
REFERENCES 173
192
and Support Consortium INTASC National Council for
223
Educational Testing Service ETS and National
239
INDEX
335
BACKGROUND PAPERS PROVIDED TO THE COMMITTEE
349
Principles of Learning and Teaching PLT Test K6
371
Middle School EnglishLanguage Arts Test
393
High School Mathematics Proofs Models and Problems
415

IMPROVING TEACHER LICENSURE TESTING 147
166
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 163
182
Biology Content Knowledge Part 1 and 2 Tests
437
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