ERIC Number: ED464926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
In Search of Soundness in Teacher Testing: Beyond Political Validity.
Miles, Carol A.; Lee, Curtis
When the drive to develop and administer tests comes from a public call for accountability in a profession, from the government's response to this call, or from politicians attempting to identify a hot issue, it may be said that the test must first have political validity in order to be implemented. Only after this political validity has been achieved, will the real psychometric properties of the test be valued. In addition to introducing the concept of political validity, this paper addresses challenges presented by the traditional psychometric validity concerns surrounding paper-and-pencil tests aimed to measure teacher competencies. This is followed by a review of types of performance-based measures that have been introduced to address validity problems and the psychometric considerations inherent in these tests. Among the tests discussed are the teacher testing program in Massachusetts and teacher assessment as implemented in Ontario, Canada. The review of these and other teacher testing programs suggests that current standardized teacher tests leave much to be desired when it comes to evidence of psychometric validity. The paper concludes that, in spite of psychometric validity, political validity is what is primary in determining a test's public acceptance. (Contains 69 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).