ERIC Number: ED408275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Credentials and Tests in Teacher Hiring: What Do Districts Require? Issue Brief.
Daugherty, Shannon; And Others
In considering applicants for teaching positions, school districts rely on teacher credentials such as state certification or teacher tests to determine the qualifications of a candidate. To determine whether there has been a trend toward increasing reliance on tests in teacher hiring processes, this brief presents data on public school districts' credential and test requirements for three Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) years: 1987-88, 1990-91, 1993-94. In addition, regional variations in test requirements for hiring are presented. Analysis of the data revealed that from 1987-88 to 1993-94, public school districts continued to require credentials more frequently than passage of specific tests. However, the passage of tests, most notably state tests of basic skills and subject knowledge, was increasingly required by districts in their teacher hiring processes during the period. In 1993-94, state tests were relied upon more frequently than the National Teachers Examination (NTE) in the South and Midwest; in the Northeast, this pattern was reversed. (ND)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Teacher Examinations