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ERIC Number: EJ837186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Bad Tests, Good Outcomes: Using State Teacher Licensing Scores to Improve the Curriculum, Help Students Meet Their Professional Goals, and Keep Relationships Together
Olwell, Russell
History Teacher, v42 n1 p35-39 Nov 2008
As universities become more invested in assessment and outcomes, department chairs and deans increasingly are asked to figure out why some departments score well on tests, and others dismally low. In this article, the author sets out some guidelines and processes for examining test score data, in order to save time for faculty members and department heads new to the process, drawing from five years of attempts by one history department to improve performance on state teacher licensing exams. While tests cannot answer all the questions about what the students know, they can often reveal the blind spots in the curriculum, and the concepts that students are just not getting.
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A