ERIC Number: ED187742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Testing Teachers to Ensure Competency: The State of the Art.
Hathaway, Walter E.
The public's reasons for encouraging the competency testing of teachers are discussed, as well as arguments against teacher testing. Testing activities or considered legislation in Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arizona, Wisconsin, and New York are briefly outlined; as are local district activities in Pinellas County, Florida; Austin and Dallas, Texas; Torrington, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties, Maryland; Emporia, Kansas; Richmond, Virginia; New York and Buffalo, New York; Chicago, Illinois; and Salem, Oregon. Two major arguments in support of teacher competency testing are explored: the signs that significant numbers of teachers are incompetent; and the failure of current teacher education, certification, selection, and evaluation procedures to solve these problems. Problems associated with testing are also discussed: (1) uncertainty exists as to which criteria validly measure teacher competence teacher competence; (2) tests can only screen out the very worst teachers; human judgments are still required; and (3) tests may not legally discriminate against teacher applicants. It is concluded that teacher testing may be part of a solution to current problems, if testing is improved in conjunction with certain changes in teacher education and educational administration. (GDC)
Descriptors: Competence, Competency Based Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Legal Problems, Minimum Competency Testing, Public Opinion, School Districts, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Evaluation, Testing Problems, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Teacher Examinations
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).