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TESTS AND Teaching Quality: Interim Report Conclusions As a result of its preliminary explorations and discussions, the Committee on Assessment and Teacher Quality has reached five conclusions: Licensure tests are designed to provide useful information about the extent to which prospective teachers possess the literacy and mathematics skills and/or the subject-matter and pedagogical knowledge that states consider necessary for beginning teaching. Teacher licensure tests assess only some of the characteristics that are deemed to be important for effective practice. They are not designed to predict who will become effective teachers. There is currently little evidence available about the extent to which widely used teacher licensure tests distinguish between candidates who are minimally competent to teach and those who are not. Comparisons of passing rates among states are not useful for policy purposes because of the diversity of testing and licensure practices. Test instruments, pass/fail rules, and other licensing requirements and policies that result in large differences in eventual passing rates among racial/ ethnic groups pose problems for schools that seek to have a diverse teaching force.
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