SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 39
February 23, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Teacher Assessment Standard Setting and Validation Studies|
Superintendents Memorandum Number 156, dated November 27, 1995, announced the decision of the Board of Education to require the use of Praxis I and II for the assessment of beginning teachers. Requirements for Praxis I have been established by the Board and will become effective statewide for beginning teachers on July 1, 1996. Prior to establishing passing scores on the Praxis assessment, Virginia and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) conduct standard setting and validation studies. Studies to set standards and validate content tests for English/Language and Literature, mathematics, social studies, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth/space science, and professional knowledge in instructional methodology at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels have been scheduled for the week of May 20, 1996. During the week of May 20, staff in the Department of Education will work cooperatively with ETS to conduct the studies using ten panels of teachers, teacher educators, and central office personnel. I am asking your assistance in nominating teachers to participate in these studies. Each test will be reviewed by a panel of 20 teachers. One review panel will be convened for each content area test and each level of the professional knowledge/methodology test. ETS has established the following criteria for teachers nominated to serve on the study panels: - each individual must hold a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional teaching license in the subject to be reviewed, and SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 39 February 23, 1996 Page 2 - each individual should have at least one year, but not more than seven years of classroom experience and currently teach the subject to be reviewed or be a mentor or supervisor of beginning teachers in the subject to be reviewed. If teachers have more than seven years of experience and you would like to nominate them to participate in one of the studies, they must have recently supervised a student teacher or been a mentor to a first-year teacher. Experience parameters have been established because the Praxis II Subject Assessments will be used as part of the state's requirements for an initial teaching license. Teachers in your division who are teaching with a Provisional License and who will need to take one or more of the subject assessments in the future to be eligible for the Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional License should not be nominated to participate in the study. I would appreciate your assistance in nominating a practicing classroom teacher in each of the ten categories outlined on the attached nomination form. Please share with your nominees the fact that not all teachers will be selected by ETS as participants in the studies. ETS must assure that appropriate representation on each panel includes diversity in the areas of race, gender, ethnicity of individuals, and rural, urban, and suburban school divisions. Teachers who are selected from your nominees will participate for one or two days during the week of May 20, 1996, at a site in central Virginia to be announced in future communications. ETS will pay for expenses incurred including travel, meals, and lodging. All teachers who agree to participate as panelists must be present for the full time required to conduct the study. A nomination form is enclosed for your use. Please copy a form for each nominee. The completed forms should be mailed no later than March 30, 1996, to: Ms. Marlene Legett Educational Testing Service Rosedale Road Mail Stop 38-V Princeton, New Jersey 08541 Thank you for your assistance with this project. If you have questions regarding this request or the beginning teacher assessment, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas A. Elliott, Division Chief for Compliance, at (804) 371-2522. WCBJr/rt Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the Superintendent's office.