ERIC Number: ED350332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-5
Reference Count: N/A
Praxis III: A Collaborative Development. The Minnesota Board of Teaching and Educational Testing Service.
Simms, Richard L.
A new professional licensure system for teachers developed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching in conjunction with the Educational Testing Service is described. Initial work with the Rand Corporation in 1987 provided a plan for a new licensure system. The state's expectations for a performance assessment system to measure the skills of first-year teachers reflect a major conclusion of recent teaching research, that the appropriate application of skills depends on the context and the varying pedagogical demands associated with subject matter, instructional objectives, stages of student development, and previous learning. In addition to requiring that all applicants for teacher licensure complete a professional preparation program from an accredited teacher preparation institution and an examination of skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, the Board of Teaching proposes the following reforms to the licensure system: (1) an examination of teaching knowledge at the end of collegiate teacher preparation; (2) a 1-year supervised teaching internship in a professional development school; and (3) licensure-specific examinations of teaching skills on completion of the internship. The internship is an integral part of the proposed new system. A table displays the licensure levels and experience of the 45 experienced and 74 first-year teachers who participated in the design and piloting of the performance assessment system. (SLD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Internship Programs, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Performance Based Assessment, Professional Development, Research Utilization, Secondary School Teachers, State Programs, Teacher Certification, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Interns
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Board of Teaching, St. Paul.
Identifiers: Educational Testing Service; Minnesota; Minnesota State Board of Teaching; Praxis III; Teacher Competency Testing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Education Commission of the States (Boulder, CO, June 5, 1992).