ERIC Number: ED337487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Teacher Competency Tests.
Mehrens, William A.
The types of validity evidence that are appropriate for teacher licensure tests are discussed. Included are a discussion of the current popularity of teacher competency tests and the reasons for that popularity. Licensure, certification, and employment examinations are differentiated. Because the area of interest is the minimum competency necessary to prevent harm from coming to the clients, it is argued that content validity is the type of validity evidence that is most appropriate for licensure tests. Criterion-related validity, construct validity, and "curricular validity" are also discussed. It is concluded that teacher licensure tests allow valid inferences for a delimited set of inferences. An effective teacher licensure test will not eliminate the need for subsequent teacher evaluation; it will not cure all educational ills; it will not eliminate all ineffective teachers. Nevertheless, it should ensure that individuals who are licensed have a minimal level of competence on some important subdomains of knowledge and skills relevant to their profession. A 162-item list of references is included. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Univ., Berkeley. Graduate School of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Teacher Competency Testing
Note: Revision of "Validity Issues in Teacher Competency Tests" prepared for the Institute for Student Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Florida.