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Document Number: 2434

Testing Teaching Candidates: The Role of Licensure Tests in Improving Teacher Quality - Teacher licensure exams provide important clues about the knowledge and skills of prospective precollegiate educators, but such tests should never be used as the sole measure of an aspiring teacher's abilities. Yet 42 states and the federal government not only rely heavily on test scores to judge the quality of teachers and their teacher preparation programs, but they also link those results directly and indirectly to funding, the study found. The report was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and prepared by the National Research Council, and is available from The National Academy Press. (Karen J. Mitchell, David Z. Robinson, Barbara S. Plake and Kaeli T. Knowles, Editors, National Academy Press, 2001)....

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