ERIC Number: ED296495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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National Trends in Special Education Teacher Competency Testing.
Ramsey, Roberta S.
The paper provides a review of the history and current issues concerning competency testing of special education teachers. Among issues identified are the rights of educators versus the rights of the public, which abilities are to be assessed, effects of a decreasing supply of potential teachers, pencil-and-paper assessment versus performance evaluations, and possible discrimination against minority teachers. The origins of the competency testing movement in general education are traced from the early twentieth century to the present. Results of a survey of all states of current practices and plans in competency testing of special education teachers are provided in tabular form. Twenty-six states administer, or are in the process of developing or adopting, specialty area tests in special education. Content usually required in such tests include: basic knowledge and historical aspects, identification and characteristics of special needs students, processing skills, assessment, learning theory, teaching strategies, instructional content, instructional materials, administrative alternatives, and ancillary services. Future possibilities include a national teacher examination. Appended are two tables showing (1) a summary of special education competency tests for all 50 states; and (2) clusters of special education objectives for 15 states that have defined their testing criteria through published objectives. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (66th, Washington, DC, March 28-April 1, 1988). Portions of table 1 may be marginally legible.