ERIC Number: ED229441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Testing and Assessment: An Examination of the National Teacher Examinations (NTE), the Georgia Teacher Certification Test (TCT), the Georgia Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument (TPAI) for a Selected Population.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Task Force on Higher Education and the Schools calls for states "to consider the feasibility of developing a regional assessment of teacher selection techniques" (SREB, 1981). This recommendation reflects concerns about the need for: (1) more states to develop new teacher certification tests, and (2) applicants to be given a state's required test if they have already taken and passed another test required elsewhere. The Task Force strongly endorses a policy of requiring minimal competency of teacher applicants on content areas. The issue of whether there is a relationship between content mastery and the ability to "put it over" continues to be debated. This examines the relationship between the Georgia Teacher Certification Tests (TCT) and the corresponding area tests on the National Teacher Examinations (NTE). A second part of the study examines the relationships between the TCT scores and the ratings on the Georgia Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument (TPAI), and the scores on the NTE and the TPAI ratings. The existing research base is not consistent as to the relationship between teacher testing and student criterion, or teacher performance assessment and student outcomes. Previous research and this study tend to support the idea that a teacher's knowledge base, as measured by a paper-and-pencil test, does not have a linear relationship with the ability to "put it across." (Author/PN)
Descriptors: Accountability, Achievement Tests, Beginning Teachers, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Minimum Competencies, Minimum Competency Testing, Norm Referenced Tests, Outcomes of Education, Public School Teachers, State Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Selection
Southern Regional Education Board, 1340 Spring Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 90309 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: National Teacher Examinations; Teacher Certification Tests (Georgia); Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument
Note: Appendices C and E contain small print.