ERIC Number: ED295926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Synthesizing Teacher Testing Policy Options.
Murray, Stephen L.
This paper examines key points to consider in developing policy on teacher testing. A summary is presented of the four underlying purposes that may be served, in part, by testing: (1) limiting the number of incompetent teachers; (2) encouraging teacher professionalism; (3) promoting public confidence in teachers; and (4) promoting excellence in education. The six types of decisions that provide the potential organizational context for testing are discussed: (1) admitting candidates to teacher preparation programs; (2) licensing teachers as sufficiently competent to teach; (3) certifying teachers; (4) selecting teachers for specific positions; (5) relicensing practicing teachers; and (6) granting promotions, rewards, or special status. The individual characteristics that may be considered in each decision class are briefly summarized. A discussion is offered on the sources of information about the individual characteristics that may be used in assessing teachers. Emphasis is placed on the different applications of teacher testing and incorporating newer policy options introduced in the Holmes Group Report and "A Nation Prepared" (Carnegie Forum). (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Assessment and Evaluation Program.