ERIC Number: ED185313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
PDE Occupational Competency Assessment Project--1979. Final Report. Occupational Competency Evaluation Monograph, Number 10. Vocational Technical Education Research Report, Volume 17, Number 23.
Funk, Gerald W.
A project continued activity to improve the occupational competency assessment program for evaluating and certifying vocational education teachers. Development of new testing was continued by Temple University, The Pennsylvania State University, and University of Pittsburgh. Workshops for test developers were conducted to ensure standardization of the end product. Review of completed products and use of validation studies permitted improvement in individual tests. Statistical studies, using candidate testing results from the three universities, provided normative data that can be applied with greater reliability in establishing scoring parameters. Quality testing instruments were made available through centralized printing and distribution by National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). The entire Pennsylvania test bank was transferred to NOCTI who would provide management, including printing and dissemination, storing, norm accumulation, revision, and update. Continuation of training of individual examiners through a centralized workshop activity ensured that standardization processes and practices were known to all examiners. Effort was placed on publicizing the program throughout the state. A national seminar of NOCTI member states (with twenty-two states represented) was hosted to facilitate sharing test review and development with other states. (Tables and project materials, amounting to over one-half of the report, are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Competence, Examiners, Minimum Competency Testing, Occupational Tests, Program Improvement, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Norms, Test Validity, Testing, Testing Programs, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Vocational and Technical Education.
Identifiers: National Occupational Competency Testing Institute; Occupational Competency Testing; Pennsylvania
Note: Home addresses and Social Security numbers were deleted in Appendix 3 to provide confidentiality.