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Teacher Assessment and the Quest for Teacher Quality. A Handbook. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2531246
  • Book
  • March 2010
  • 448 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Teacher Assessment and the Quest for Teacher Quality is an essential resource that provides school leaders, administrators, and teacher educators with a wide range of perspectives on the complex issue of teacher quality. The book examines assessment in the context of preparation, licensure, hiring, tenure, and even dismissal and explores a wealth of relevant topics. Comprehensive in scope, the handbook includes contributions from leading experts in the field of teacher quality and teacher assessment.

This important book contains basic information on a variety of approaches to teacher assessment and teacher quality topics including the science and psychology of teacher selection, performance-based assessments, and hiring decisions. In addition, the contributors explore the role of formative assessments in new teacher induction, assessing for teacher tenure, various approaches to annual performance assessments, assessing teacher contributions to student achievement, and the law regarding teacher dismissals. The expert authors also tackle broader assessment issues including the interpretation of assessments, standards for teacher evaluation, and the inherent dilemma posed by measuring the quality of teaching.

For the goal of ensuring quality teaching for all our students, Teacher Assessment and the Quest for Teacher Quality is an important resource and a lasting contribution to the literature on the topic.
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The Authors v

Foreword xiii
Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Introduction: The Uncertain Relationship Between Teacher Assessment and Teacher Quality 1
Mary M. Kennedy

Part One: Assessment of Teacher Candidates 7

1 The Use of Portfolios in Preservice Teacher Education: A Critical Appraisal 9
Ginette Delandshere, Anthony R. Petrosky

2 Disposition Assessment: The Science and Psychology of Teacher Selection 43
Laurie Moses Hines

Part Two: Assessment For Transition Into Teaching 67

3 Assessment for Learning in Preservice Teacher Education: Performance-Based Assessments 69
Ruth Chung Wei, Raymond L. Pecheone

4 Licensure Tests: Their Use and Value for Increasing Teacher Quality 133
Dan Goldhaber

5 Hiring Decisions 149
Dane A. Delli

Part Three: Assessment of Practicing Teachers 163

6 The Role of Formative Assessments in New Teacher Induction 165
Peter Youngs, Ben Pogodzinski, Mark Low

7 Assessing for Teacher Tenure 201
Gary Sykes, Sarah Winchell

8 Approaches to Annual Performance Assessment 225
Mary M. Kennedy

9 Value-Added: Assessing Teachers’ Contributions to Student Achievement 251
Douglas N. Harris, Daniel F. McCaffrey

10 The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: An Investment for the Future? 283
Jillian P. Reese

11 Judging Teachers: The Law of Teacher Dismissals 297
Diana Pullin

Part Four: Broader Assessment Issues 335

12 Setting Standards for Teacher Evaluation 337
Barbara B. Howard, Arlen R. Gullickson

13 Thinking Systemically About Assessment Practice 355
Pamela A. Moss

14 Teacher Quality: An American Educational Dilemma 375
David K. Cohen

Discussion Questions 403

Index 405

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Mary Kennedy Michigan State University.
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