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Teacher Performance Assessment

Education research has clearly established the importance of teacher quality in raising student achievement, and policymakers have responded by elevating the goal of improving teacher quality. However, traditional teacher qualifications, such as certification, have proved poor indicators of teacher effectiveness. Accordingly, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners have sought to develop new strategies for evaluating teacher competence, both for teachers first entering schools and those already practicing in schools. The assessment of preservice teachers is particularly important as novice teachers are, on average, less effective than their more experienced colleagues.

Teacher education programs are the most logical point of assessing preservice teachers as they serve as the primary gateway to the profession. Teacher performance assessments seek to measure the knowledge, skills, and competencies of beginning teachers and allow ...

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