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English Education, Vol. 34, No. 2, January 2002

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  • Reports from the States: Massachusetts

    Marilyn Cochran-Smith and Curt Dudley-Marling

    Abstract: Discusses how in 1999, the authors interviewed faculty, administrators, and students involved in teacher education to learn how the Massachusetts teacher test was affecting the business of teacher education. Argues that the most significant effect of the teacher test has been on admissions, as teacher education programs have begun linking admissions to passing the literacy portion of the teacher test.

    Keywords: College

  • Praxis II and African American Teacher Candidates (or, Is Everything Black Bad?)

    Peggy Albers

    Abstract: Investigates the Praxis II, the standardized teacher examination required for teacher certification in Georgia. Considers why African American teacher candidates were less successful than their white colleagues in passing this exit exam for teacher licensure. Concludes that assessment must account for the cultural realities that teacher candidates bring to teacher testing.

    Keywords: College

  • Reports from the States: Connecticut

    Christine I. Sullivan

    Abstract: Discusses how in Connecticut, all teachers must be certified for the position they hold. Outlines the specific certification levels in Connecticut for English Language Arts.

    Keywords: College

  • Teacher Testing: Advice for Faculty in Literature, Rhetoric, and Creative Writing

    Betsy A. Bowen

    Abstract: Discusses the Praxis II exam, "English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge," a two-hour multiple-choice exam with questions on American, British, and world literature, literary terms, grammar and usage, and teaching. Suggests that nowledge of subject matter seems to be related to successful teaching, but whether certification exams can adequately and fairly assess that knowledge has not been established.

    Keywords: College

  • Reports from the States: Iowa

    Jean Ketter

    Abstract: Discusses how members of the Iowa Legislature, the Iowa State Department of Education, and the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education have been in heated conversation in the last year about the legislature's push to institute teacher testing as a way of improving the quality of Iowa's teaching force.

    Keywords: College

  • Accountability and Teacher Education: Just Like Everyone Else-Teaching to the Test?

    Diane Zigo and Michael T. Moore

    Abstract: Notes that policy makers would like to "guarantee" that candidates from teacher education programs are content and pedagogy certified. Discusses how accountability assessment plays out in teacher education programs. Focuses on the tests required in Georgia, the Praxis Series of Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers, developed and marketed by Educational Testing Service.

    Keywords: College

  • Reports from the States: Illinois

    Dawn Abt-Perkins

    Abstract: Considers how Illinois has always tested teachers for certification, but now state officials are holding teacher education programs at colleges and universities accountable for "passing rates" on these examinations as part of the Federal Title II initiative which is intended to identify and make public "bad quality" teacher education programs.

    Keywords: College

  • Conversations from the Commissions: Reflective Teaching in the Panic of High-Stakes Testing

    Suzanne M. Miller

    Abstract: Notes that within the past five years, the national standards movement has prompted many states to turn to the use of test scores to hold students and teachers accountable to higher standards in academic achievement. Discusses the unintended consequences: pervasive emotional pressure, reductionist views of literacy, conflicted views of teaching and learning, and stratification of schools and districts.

    Keywords: College

  • Beginning Words: Teacher Testing: What’s an English Educator to Do?

    Cathy Fleischer and Dana L. Fox

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

  • "Fighting the Toxic Status Quo": Alfie Kohn on Standardized Tests and Teacher Education

    Deborah Appleman and Micheal J. Thompson

    Abstract: Considers how many teacher educators feel caught between the need to comply with state and federal laws governing the approval of their teacher education programs and the desire to resist what many feel to be another example of "testing gone wild." Presents a conversation with Alfie Kohn on high stakes tests for teachers and for students. Full text available in print version only.

    Keywords: College

  • BookTalk: Cutting the Future Down to the Size of the Present: Three Perspectives on Standardized Testing

    Todd DeStigter

    Abstract: Abstract for this article is currently not available.

    Keywords: College

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