ERIC Number: ED148738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The State of the Art in Performance Assessment of Teaching Competence.
McDonald, Frederick J.
The author argues that, while substantial problems exist in the comprehensiveness, cost, and complexity of an evaluation system for performance assessment, the effort should be undertaken and problems attacked and solved as they arise. Three questions are investigated in describing the current state of performance assessment: (1) What are the goals of systems measuring teaching competence? (2) What progress has been made in developing procedures required for such systems? and (3) What problems remain to be solved in creating effective, efficient systems for competence assessment? Six goals are identified: validity, reliability, "learnability" of skills, freedom from bias, comparability and standardization, and sensitivity to opportunities to learn skills. These goals also represent the procedural broblems to be overcome. One suggested method for solving them is through the use of simulated teaching conditions. Through the use of this technique, skills likely to be useful in teaching would be identified. Student teaching and internship experiences would also be useful to assess daily performance under uncontrolled conditions, as would simulation devices. Theoretical problems are more complex and require extensive research and development. The most practical way of working at present is for state education department personnel to set standards for the evidence about competence that is to be provided, however the competence may be defined, rather than think about assessment in terms of what competencies should be measured. (MJB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented to the Multi-State Consortium, American Educational Research Convention (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1973)