Valid Tests of Teacher Competence: Classic Issues and Future Possibilities

Griffey, David C.
April 1990
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Apr1990, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p189
Academic Journal
Many reasons exist for attaching selection procedures to the teacher licensure and certification process. Foremost among these is the state's obligation to protect the public-students and their parents in this case. Beyond a regard for custodianship, teacher selection standards are becoming more prevalent because of a genuine concern for the quality of services offered in schools. There is intrinsic concern that children should receive the best possible education. There is also the growing concern about the quality of American industry and the state of the American economy, particularly as human resources become more central to successful operation of increasingly sophisticated industries in a service and information oriented economy. Interest in teacher selection standards is not only the realm of politicians, however. Colleges of education are evaluating outcomes and standards as calls for accountability of social institutions have increased over the last two decades. Education faculties regularly discuss the question, what abilities and knowledge must the graduating teacher have? There are social, professional, and even moral pressures to verify and ensure the quality of teachers entering the work force. Often the use of standardized tests of ability have been used in attempts to accomplish these ends of verification and assurance of an individual's capacity to do the work of teacher. But can testing, as it has been used, provide these results? This discussion will explore that question.


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