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ERIC Number: EJ821445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Standardized Teacher Testing Fails Excellence and Validity Tests
Portelli, John P.; Solomon, R. Patrick; Barrett, Sarah; Mujawamariya, Donatille
Teaching Education, v16 n4 p281-295 Dec 2005
This paper presents and critically analyzes data from a project that sought teacher candidates' responses to the process and content of the Ontario Teacher Qualifying Test (OTQT), a mandatory, standardized, pencil and paper initial teacher qualification test. The aim of the project, guided by a critical democratic perspective, was to critically assess the success of the OTQT in achieving the government's stated objectives of greater competency and accountability. More specifically, the paper focuses on findings relating to teacher competency, with particular reference to criterion, ecological and consequential validity, and alternative assessment strategies. The teacher candidates' responses raise serious issues about the content and format of the test since they believe that it neither achieves accountability nor does it secure excellence in teaching. These concerns echo the major concerns found in the literature. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada