Developing Successful Teacher Candidates Focus of HBCU Conference
- Jason Baran
- Jason Baran
Princeton, N.J. (January 28, 2010) —
Deans and faculty from 25 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are expected to attend Educational Testing Service's fourth annual HBCU-ETS Assessment Development Invitational Workshop. Participants will examine how ETS develops, delivers and scores assessments along with research on teacher effectiveness closing achievement gaps.
|WHAT:||Fourth Annual HBCU-ETS Assessment Development Invitational Workshop|
|THEME:||"Opening Doors to the Classroom"|
|WHEN:||Monday, February 1 to Thursday, February 4, 2010|
|WHERE:||Chauncey Conference Center, Mallard Room
660 Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541
Workshop highlights include:
- David Sciarra, executive director, Education Law Center, presents, "Abbott Experience: One State's Efforts to Provide Equitable School Funding" on Monday, Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
- "ETS & Tennessee HBCUs: Strengthening Instruction in Tennessee Elementary Schools – Focus on Mathematics (SITES-M)," Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition, workshop presentations include:
To help better prepare their students, participants will learn about the principles underpinning test development, including reliability, validity and fairness. Participants will learn how Praxis® tests are developed too. A major portion of the workshop will be devoted to sessions on how to write test questions and how to score open-ended responses. Furthermore, ETS will provide information on resources available to assist test takers prepare to take tests.
Each year, ETS invites more than 20 leading deans and faculty of HBCUs to participate in this invitational conference. Participants are carefully selected because of the vital role they play in preparing African American teachers for the nation's P–12 classrooms, and their interest in teacher licensure testing.
For more than 25 years, ETS has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with HBCUs. Through meetings, research and outreach, ETS staff communicate regularly with HBCU presidents to discuss issues of concern, formulate research agendas, provide information and exchange ideas. Thirteen HBCU-ETS Collaboration Conferences have been held over the past six years on HBCU campuses in Maryland, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and Kentucky. The ongoing theme of these forums is, "Improving Teaching Quality and Student Achievement."
At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org