Pre-teacher Performance on Eighth Grade High-Stakes Testing
High-stakes testing results in the United States affect public school rankings, indeed their very existence. Students enrolled in low-performing schools have the option of moving to another school of their choice, eroding school enrolment. Schools whose students repeatedly score at unacceptable levels can experience reduced funding or dissolution. School systems are now requiring that all teachers assume responsibility for ensuring maximum student performance. Clearly, the teachers in middle and secondary level classes need to be proficient on such high-stakes tests. Lacking this, they will not have the ability or skills to be able to show students how to improve their performance. This study explores the performance of undergraduate education majors on Florida's high performance test.
Keywords: High Stakes testing, Standards-based Assessment, Teacher Preparation
Dr Sharon Kossack
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction College of Education , Florida International University
Dr. Janice Sandiford
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership College of Education , Florida International University