ERIC Number: ED442742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Review of the Nevada Competency Testing Program for Educational Personnel.
Snow, Mary B.
The comprehensive review of Nevada's Competency Testing Program for Educational Personnel grew out of a study which followed a cohort of new teachers over 2 years to determine their test-taking experiences. Results suggested a need to investigate the program and its scope, implementation problems, and relation to other educational entities such as districts, universities, and teacher associations. The work described in this report occurred during the 1995-96 school year. The study included three parts. The first section: (1) examined total numbers of each Nevada endorsement issued on initial licenses within the last 3 years and endorsements for which there were corresponding validated competency tests; and (2) reviewed passing scores for nine specialty-area tests. The second section described discussions by ad hoc committees representing varied perspectives on two program problems (communication and study materials/diagnostic information). The third section discussed ways to work together to help districts with recruitment and hiring and the Department with licensing. Findings are presented. Four appendixes include: (1) plans for comprehensive review of the Nevada Competency Testing Program for Educational Personnel; (2) the Competency Testing Review Committee; (3) the Northern Ad Hoc and Southern Ad Hoc Committees; and (4) participants at the Meeting of District Personnel Officers and Department Staff. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Program Evaluation, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Competency Testing, Teaching Skills
Nevada Department of Education, 700 East Fifth Street, Carson City, NV 89701.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada