ERIC Number: ED307234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Professional Standards for Teaching: The Assessment of Teacher Knowledge and Skills.
Sykes, Gary; Wilson, Suzanne M.
A report is given of the work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the implications of introducing a new status--the board-certified teacher--into the educational system. The newly formed board will sponsor the development of procedures for the voluntary certification of teachers to a standard of advanced competence--a step beyond simple state licensure. The advanced certification is to be controlled by the profession, not by the state, and it is voluntary, not mandatory. It aims not at entry-level, safe practice, but at advanced levels of knowledge and skill. It should accommodate and encourage innovation and change within the field. A description is given of the teacher assessment project which was created to explore and generate alternative strategies for assessing teachers knowledge and skill. A discussion is presented on the possible consequences for educational policy and teacher education of introducing the concept of board-certified teachers into the educational system. (JD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, National Programs, Policy Formation, Schools of Education, Standardized Tests, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.