ERIC Number: ED276151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Dunn, Judy; And Others
Research Roundup, v3 n2 Feb 1987
A one-page introduction is followed by summaries of articles and documents on teacher competency testing. George F. Madaus argues that, although tests serve some useful functions, treating them as a major mechanism for reforming education is questionable. Peter A. Garcia examines the negative impact of testing on minority teachers and minorities attempting to enter educational training programs in Texas. Gregory R. Anrig notes that tests have a legitimate even though limited function and urges policymakers to ensure their proper use. In reviewing legal issues, Joseph C. Beckham focuses on constraints courts have imposed on teacher competency testing. Procedures used to validate the National Teacher Examinations as accurate measures of competency are discussed by Lawrence H. Cross. The final selection summarizes positions taken by the two leading teacher unions in two journal articles, one by Rita Hodgkins and Bernard McKenna and the other by Albert Shanker and Gordon Ward. Although differing over the use of tests, they agree that teacher competency needs to be assessed. (CJH)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Practices, Evaluation Methods, Instructional Improvement, Legal Responsibility, Minimum Competency Testing, Minority Groups, Teacher Associations, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Recruitment, Test Bias, Test Validity
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.