Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation

Mary Brabeck, Carol Anne Dwyer, Kurt F. Geisinger, Ronald W. Marx, George H. Noell, Robert C. Pianta, Rena F. Subotnik, Frank C. Worrell

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Teacher preparation programs have both a desire and a responsibility to demonstrate, with affirmative evidence, that teacher education makes a difference in PreK–12 student learning. Program faculty need good data to make decisions about the progress of students, whom to recommend for state licensure, and how to improve teacher education. This article describes an American Psychological Association task force report that discusses 3 measures of program effectiveness that have potential for both informing the public and providing useful data for programs to continuously improve: (a) outcome data from PreK–12 student academic growth as assessed by standardized tests; (b) teacher performance as evaluated by valid and reliable observational instruments; and (c) judgments of graduates, their PreK–12 students, and those who hire teachers as gauged by surveys. Although no technique of data collection and analysis is perfect, this report provides directions for teacher educators who seek to continuously improve their programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-167
Number of pages8
JournalTheory into Practice
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

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Brabeck, M., Dwyer, C. A., Geisinger, K. F., Marx, R. W., Noell, G. H., Pianta, R. C., ... Worrell, F. C. (2016). Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation. Theory into Practice, 55(2), 160-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2015.1036667

Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation. / Brabeck, Mary; Dwyer, Carol Anne; Geisinger, Kurt F.; Marx, Ronald W.; Noell, George H.; Pianta, Robert C.; Subotnik, Rena F.; Worrell, Frank C.

In: Theory into Practice, Vol. 55, No. 2, 02.04.2016, p. 160-167.

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Brabeck, M, Dwyer, CA, Geisinger, KF, Marx, RW, Noell, GH, Pianta, RC, Subotnik, RF & Worrell, FC 2016, 'Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation', Theory into Practice, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 160-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2015.1036667
Brabeck M, Dwyer CA, Geisinger KF, Marx RW, Noell GH, Pianta RC et al. Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation. Theory into Practice. 2016 Apr 2;55(2):160-167. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405841.2015.1036667
Brabeck, Mary ; Dwyer, Carol Anne ; Geisinger, Kurt F. ; Marx, Ronald W. ; Noell, George H. ; Pianta, Robert C. ; Subotnik, Rena F. ; Worrell, Frank C. / Assessing the Assessments of Teacher Preparation. In: Theory into Practice. 2016 ; Vol. 55, No. 2. pp. 160-167.
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