ERIC Number: ED242790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Certification Examinations in South Carolina, 1940 to 1984.
Sandifer, Paul D.
A history of teacher testing in South Carolina was presented to serve as a context within which the current teacher evaluation system might be interpreted. Legislation in 1940 mandated that renewal of certificates and issuance of new certificates to teachers be predicated upon the applicant's completion of a comprehensive and objective examination. The Common Examinations of the National Teacher Examinations (NTE) became a requirement for certification in 1945. As of 1957, applicants who scored below 332 on the NTE were denied certification. A revised certification procedure became effective in 1969 which required applicants to take the Common Examinations and the NTE Teaching Area Examination appropriate for their field. In 1976 the State Board adopted separate minimum score requirements by teaching field. The General Assembly recently passed the Educator Improvement Act (Act 187, 1979) which created the Educator Improvement Task Force as a separate state agency. This body was responsible for implementing provisions of Act 187. The Task Force was dissolved in 1982 after submission of its "Final Report and Plan for Implementation" to the State Board of Education. Almost all mandates of Act 187 were in effect as of March 1984. (DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Act 187 (South Carolina); National Teacher Examinations; South Carolina Department of Education; Teacher Certification Tests
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).