ERIC Number: ED395945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Passing the NTE: A Classification of State Requirements and Passing Rates, by Ethnicity.
DeMauro, Gerald E.
It is difficult to estimate the percentage of examinees who pass National Teacher Evaluation (NTE) tests because many users of the tests require that examinees pass different combinations of tests or use different passing scores for each of the tests. This study first develops a taxonomy of state NTE requirements and then computes passing rates for each type of state requirement for both the examinee group impacted by the requirement and for each self-identified ethnic group. An example is the situation in which states require teacher certification candidates to pass all three Core Battery tests and the Specialty Area test most relevant to their own area of interest. For this type of requirement, the percentage of examinees who pass each test is computed, as well as the percentage of examinees who pass all the required tests. Results show considerable variation in passing rates depending on types of requirement and passing scores, and they demonstrate variation in ethnic differences on passing rates. For blacks, the ratio of examinees to white examinees who pass each requirement is related to the passing scores used and the required tests. Appendix A contains a model to discuss impact on reducing cutoff scores, and Appendix B lists the NTE Specialty Area tests. (Contains 18 tables, 3 tables and 6 figures in Appendix A, and 5 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.