ERIC Number: ED471654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
To Err Is Human: Decision Errors and Candidates' Competency.
Tanner, David E.
The competency testing of teacher candidates has become almost universal in the United States. This paper explores some of the issues associated with competency testing, especially as they relate to teacher testing in California. The practice has its origin in concern that some of those who choose to pursue teaching careers in the elementary and secondary schools may lack the competencies that effective teaching requires. Stated in terms of decision errors in scoring competency tests, the fear has been that some of those moving into full-time teaching may represent a population of false positives, teachers who lack necessary skills and abilities but who are certified nevertheless. The contingencies under which the competency test is actually administered in California, however, suggest greater worry over the possibility of false negatives, a concern that some of those who are denied certification may actually be qualified. (Contains 2 figures and 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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