Teacher Assessment and the Quest for Teacher Quality: A Handbook / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470388334
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kennedy is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. Her research studies focus on the relationship between a teacher's qualifications and the quality of their teaching practice. She is the winner of four education awards including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education's (AACTE) Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education. She also served as the vice president in the Division on Teaching and Teacher Education with the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

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Table of Contents

About the Editor/Contributors.

Foreword (Marilyn Cochran-Smith).

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

Part One: Assessment of Teacher Candidates.

1 The Use of Portfolios in Preservice Teacher Education: A Critical Appraisal (Ginette DeLandshere, Anthony R. Petrosky).

2 Disposition Assessment: The Science and Psychology of Teacher Selection (Laurie Moses Hines).

Part Two: Assessment for Transition into Teaching.

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

4 Licensure Tests: Their Use and Value for Increasing Teacher Quality (Dan Goldhaber).

5 Hiring Decisions (Dane A. Delli).

Part Three: Assessment of Practicing Teachers.

6 The Role of Formative Assessments in New Teacher Induction (Peter Youngs, Ben Podgodzinski, Mark Low).

7 Assessing for Teacher Tenure (Gary Sykes, Sarah Winchell).

8 Approaches to Annual Performance Assessment (Mary M. Kennedy).

9 Value-Added: Assessing Teachers' Contributions to Student Achievement (Douglas N. Harris, Daniel F.  McCaffrey).

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

11 Judging Teachers: The Law of Teacher Dismissals (Diana Pullin).

Part Four: Broader Assessment Issues.

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

13 Thinking Systemically About Assessment Practice (Pamela A. Moss).

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

Discussion Questions.


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