SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 163
October 4, 1996
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Teacher Assessment Standard Setting and Validation Studies - Praxis II|
Superintendent's 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 became effective July 1, 1996. Prior to establishing passing scores on the Praxis II assessments in the various endorsement areas, the Department of Education and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) must conduct standard setting and validation studies. During the week of November 11, 1996, studies to set standards and validate content tests for the following content areas will be conducted: art; physical education; French; German; Spanish; Japanese; Latin; health; business education; and music. During the week of December 2, studies will be conducted for these content area tests: marketing; speech communication; technology education; home economics; special education preschool\early childhood; speech-language pathology; education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing; education of students with mild and moderate disabilities; education of students with moderate and severe disabilities; and education of students with visual impairments. Each test that undergoes the validation and standard setting study process will be examined by a panel of teachers, teacher educators, and central office personnel. I am asking your assistance in nominating teachers to participate in these studies. Each review panel will include 20 teachers. A separate panel will be convened to review each test. ETS has established the two criteria for teachers nominated to serve on the study panels. 1. Each individual must hold a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional teaching license with an endorsement in the subject area to be Division Superintendents October 4, 1996 Page 2 reviewed. Teachers who are nominated to review the Special Education, Mild and Moderate test must be endorsed in Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, or Emotional Disturbance. Teachers who are nominated to review the Special Education, Moderate and Severe test must be endorsed in Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Emotional Disturbance, or Severe Disabilities. 2. Each individual must have at least one year, but not more than seven years of classroom experience and currently teach the subject or area 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 are intended to be used as part of the state's requirements for initial teacher licensure. Teachers in your division who are working with a Provisional License and who will need to take one or more of the 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 20 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 will participate for one day during the week of November 11 or December 2, 1996, at a site that will be announced in future communications. ETS will pay for panelists' travel, meals, and lodging for one night. All teachers who agree to participate as panelists must be present for the full time required to complete the study. The dates of each study are listed on an attachment to this memorandum. A nomination form is attached your use. Please complete one form for each teacher being nominated and mail them no later than October 15, 1996 to: Ms. Marlene Legett Educational Testing Service Rosedale Road Mail Stop 38-V Princeton, New Jersey 08541 Thank you in advance for your assistance with this project. If you have any questions about this request or the beginning teacher assessment, please contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, Division Chief for Compliance, at (804) 371-2522. RTL/jsr Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.