ERIC Number: ED243845
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
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Assessing Beginning Teacher Performance.
Andrews, Theodore E.
Five states (Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, and Arizona) are currently either administering or field-testing classroom observation systems for certification or employment decisions regarding beginning teachers. In Georgia, a beginning teacher has three years to demonstrate competence. Observations are completed by an external data collector, an administrator, and a teacher. The Teacher Performance Assessment Instrument (TPAI), containing 14 competencies and 45 indicators, is used during observations. The teaching candidate in South Carolina must pass a basic skills entrance examination, complete an approved college program, and pass the appropriate certification area examination to receive initial certification and eligibility for employment. Arizona is presently field-testing the Georgia TPAI with the addition of a teacher educator to the roster of observers. Oklahoma makes a distinction between the license which a beginning teacher receives and a certificate which is given only after demonstration of teaching skills. The Florida testing program is related to certification, but places the major responsibility for the decision with the local school superintendent. The candidate is eligible for an initial teaching certificate upon successfully completing the testing program and meeting other state requirements. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Florida; Georgia; Oklahoma; South Carolina