ERIC Number: ED402284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Nevada Competency Testing Program for Educational Personnel.
Snow, Mary B.
This report is introduced by a history of the development and implementation of the Nevada Competency Testing Program for Educational Personnel. The study examined the test taking histories of persons entering the Nevada educational system to determine how well the competency testing program was accomplishing its purpose of ensuring that new personnel can demonstrate minimal level of knowledge through the three types of tests required. Of the 3,103 study participants, 55 percent had testing provisions on their initial licenses. Analysis of the study data revealed that approximately 61 percent of those with testing provisions needed to take the basic skills tests (Praxis I; Pre-Professional Skills Tests); 55 percent had the Professional Knowledge Test listed as a provision; and 74 percent were required to take one or more Specialty Area Tests (Praxis II; Subject Assessments). Over one-half (55-62 percent) of all those with testing provisions removed these within one year; and an additional 26-28 percent had completed all testing requirements by the end of the second year; 3-8 percent failed to remove their competency testing provisions by the deadline. Data tables are included. The two appendices, which comprise approximately half the report, provide a frequency distribution of test scores and an information bulletin on the Nevada Competency Testing Program describing requirements, exceptions, and procedures. (ND)
Descriptors: Competency Based Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Scores, Secondary School Teachers, State Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Teaching Skills, Test Results, Testing Programs
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series