ERIC Number: ED441807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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Initial Teacher Certification Testing in Massachusetts: What Has Been Going On? Reflections of a College Professor and a College President.
Flippo, Rona F.; Riccards, Michael P.
Massachusetts is a newcomer to teacher testing, and prospective teachers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were not tested until April 1998. The unintended consequences of the state's teacher testing policy are examined through a qualitative case study and a document review of media reports, higher education institution reports, in-house activities at one college, and a review of the teacher certification testing literature. The intent of the Massachusetts program makes sense, but nearly 60% of prospective teachers failed the first test. Only 6 of the state's 55 certified programs reached the 80% pass rate required to retain accreditation. In the wake of these findings, teacher preparation programs are beginning to teach to the test. In addition, colleges may be reducing their applicant pools in order to increase their pass rates. Overall, the weight of the test may be changing what and how teacher education programs teach in ways that may not be in the long-term best interest of new teachers or their future students. The degrading manner in which teachers have been viewed in the publicity surrounding the low pass rates may discourage college graduates from joining the teaching force, and this impact may be especially severe on minority students. The push for quality is a worthy goal, but it needs to be tempered with the state's demand for more qualified teachers. (Contains 2 tables and 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts