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The article reports that teacher educators recommend performance related assessments for teachers over standard tests. The study examined the relation between preservice teachers' scores on authentic measures and their scores on certification exams required by the state of Texas. The authentic measures of evaluation included scores on the Professional Attributes Questionnaire, which measures teachers' dispositions, and on Teaching Performance Portfolios which measure knowledge and skills. Scores on the Professional Roles and Responsibilities (PPR) and the Generalist Elementary Comprehensive (GEC) exams served as the measures for the high-stakes, minimum-competency tests. Findings indicate a significant relationship between the PAQ and both the PPR and the GEC exams. No significant relationship was found between the Teaching Performance Portfolios and either one of the state-mandated tests.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2008