ERIC Number: ED328879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Examining Transmitters of Literacy: Factors Related to Performance on the NTE Test of Professional Knowledge.
Cloer, Thomas, Jr.; McNeely, Thomas
A study examined the relationship of independent variables to scores on the National Teacher Examinations Test of Professional Knowledge (TPK) to determine the best combination of predictor variables to account for variance on the TPK. Data were elicited from 202 undergraduate students at Furman University who had already taken the TPK and were currently enrolled in the teacher education curriculum. Twenty independent variables were selected from scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, high school class rank, grade point average, grades from college courses, scores on the Education Entrance Exam (a basic skills examination for future teachers), and results from the Assessment of Performance in Teaching (a state-mandated classroom observation instrument used with student teachers). Results revealed that the TPK measures the ability to take verbal tests more than anything else, and that professional knowledge as measured by this test is best predicted by another NTE test. Results also revealed the following: (1) SAT verbal scores alone account for approximately 35% of the variance on the TPK; (2) grades in certain courses are significantly related to TPK performance, but all the best grade predictors, including overall cumulative grades, do not account for as much of the variance as the SAT verbal score; and (3) by adding courses that have a high relationship with performance on the TPK, only 5% more of the total variance is accounted for. (Three tables of data are included; 15 references are attached.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assessment of Performance in Teaching; Furman University SC; National Teacher Examinations; Variables
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Reading Forum (11th, Sarasota, FL, December 12-15, 1990).