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ERIC Number: EJ946052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Useful Signal or Unnecessary Obstacle? The Role of Basic Skills Tests in Teacher Preparation
Gitomer, Drew H.; Brown, Terran L.; Bonett, John
Journal of Teacher Education, v62 n5 p431-445 Nov-Dec 2011
Many individuals who attempt to enter teacher education programs are precluded from doing so because of an inability to pass basic skills tests. The authors examine whether these tests are simply a gate that needs to be passed through or whether they provide useful early information about how individuals are likely to perform on subsequent licensure tests. By examining a pool of individuals who took both basic skills and licensure tests, the authors contrast the likelihood of passing licensure tests given how well individuals performed on the basic skills test. The results support the hypothesis that basic skills tests are measuring cognitive skills important to the learning of material required for success in attaining teacher licensure and are not simply a bureaucratic hurdle. (Contains 8 tables, 4 figures and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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