ERIC Number: ED355243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct-30
Validation Study and Recommendations of a Performance Standard for the Educational Leadership Test for Principal Licensure in Tennessee. Executive Report and Technical Report.
Petry, John R.; And Others
Several tests available from the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, New Jersey) have been used or are candidates for use by the Tennessee State Department of Education as initial public school personnel licensure endorsement area tests. The first of the two reports contained in this document (i.e., the Executive Report) describes a study of one of these tests, namely, the test of Educational Leadership. The study's purpose was threefold: (1) to determine the test's validity as a measure of knowledge, academic skills, and abilities required for specific initial licensure of principals in Tennessee; (2) to recommend a minimum qualifying score for applicants who would take the test if it was declared valid for use in Tennessee; and (3) to ascertain the relationships between the 145 test items and a group of 15 competencies required of principals working in Tennessee. A panel of 13 teacher education institutional personnel reviewed test content; 20 local school district staff members assessed test item job relevance; and a separate committee of nine educational and lay representatives reviewed responses to make a decision on test validity and a recommendation of a minimum qualifying score. The test was judged valid for use in principal certification, with a specific minimum qualifying score of 500. Three appendixes list committee members, summarize validity data, and list the recommendations per test item. Following this report, the Technical Report presents the rationale for the following study parameters: (1) research design and procedures; (2) functions of the evaluating panel of 33 educators; (3) functions of the 9-member Standards Committee; (4) organization of the panels; (5) formation of the panels; (6) preparation for panel meetings; (7) data collection; (8) selection and meeting of the Standards Committee; and (9) data on panel responses. A concern of professional educators is to conduct similar periodic reviews of all tests required for licensure in Tennessee to ensure that recently created and revised tests are analyzed for job relevance. Six tables present data from the study. Eight appendixes describe the test's content and provide instructions for, overviews of, and materials concerning tasks to be performed by members of the Content Review Panel, the Job Relevance Panel, the Knowledge Estimation Panel, and the Standards Committee. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cutting Scores, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Qualifications, Instructional Leadership, Knowledge Level, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Minimum Competency Testing, Occupational Tests, Performance, Principals, Public Schools, Standard Setting (Scoring), State Programs, State Standards, Test Items, Test Validity, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Dept. of Education, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN. Bureau of Educational Research and Services.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee