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ERIC Number: ED306288
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Initial Teacher Licensure Testing in Tennessee: Test Development.
Butler, E. Dean
The process of development of tests for teacher certification in Tennessee is described. In response to the Tennessee Comprehensive Education Reform Act of 1984 requiring the use of tests for individuals seeking initial teacher licensure, the Department of Education identified 12 areas of teacher endorsement for which no currently validated and applicable tests existed. The team responsible for test development consists of two co-directors and four test development specialists from the faculties of two institutions of higher education in Tennessee. A panel of college faculty in teacher preparation and classroom teachers is created to draft test specifications under the supervision of the project team. A validation review panel of classroom teachers and college professors in the subject matter then reviews the tests for job relevance. Final specifications are given to an item-writing panel of individuals representing school systems and teacher preparation programs in the state. This panel creates a bank of approximately 500 test items to reflect content and knowledge level of the specifications. After review by new panels of educators, items are forwarded to a national testing agency for sensitivity review, assembly into forms, production, and administrative processes. Of the 12 areas targeted, tests have been initiated for 8 areas. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Comprehensive Education Reform Act (Tennessee)