Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality pdf

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Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf

Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf free download. Americans have adopted a reform agenda for their schools that calls for excellence in teaching and learning (Goals 2000: Educate America Act of 1994, P.L. 103-227; Improving America’s Schools Act, 1994, P.L. 103-328; Council of Chief State School Officers, 1998).

Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf

School officials across the nation are hard at work targeting instruction at high levels for all students. Gaps remain, however, between the nation’s educational aspirations and student achievement (Jencks and Phillips, 1998; Rothstein, 1998; U.S. Department of Education, 1996b, 1997a, 1997b, 1997c, 1998b, 1999a). To address these gaps, policy makers have recently focused on the qualifications of teachers and the preparation of teacher candidates (National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, 1996; U.S. Department of Education, 1999b). Increasingly, states are testing candidates who want to become teachers.

Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf

Forty-two states require teacher candidates to pass one or more tests to earn a license. States use licensure tests for admission to teacher education, as a condition of graduation, and for the initial licensure of teachers. Failure rates on current tests are not insubstantial, particularly for racial/ethnic minority candidates. These tests have significant consequences for teacher candidates and potentially for America’s students and schools. Teacher licensure tests also play a critical role in the recently enacted Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants for States and Partnerships (Title II). The law seeks to improve teacher quality.

Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf

Testing Teacher Candidates the role of Licensure Tests in improving teacher quality by Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles pdf

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