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Job Analysis of the Knowledge and Abilities Important for Newly Licensed (Certified) Spanish Teachers

Tannenbaum, Richard J.
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ETS Research Report
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Job Analysis, Praxis Series, Spanish, Teacher Certification, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Qualifications


A job analysis was conducted to define a knowledge and ability domain important for newly licensed (certified) Spanish teachers. The results of the job analysis will be used to develop test specifications for the Spanish subject assessments of the Praxis Series: Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers. An initial draft domain of knowledge and ability statements was constructed by ETS test development staff with subject-matter and job analysis expertise, reviewed by an External Review Panel of 10 subject- matter experts, then reviewed by an Advisory/Test Development Committee, and subjected to verification/refutation through a national survey of Spanish teachers, teacher educators, and state administrators. The survey participants were asked to rate the specific knowledge and ability statements of the domain using a 5-point importance scale, and a cutpoint of 2.50 was established. There was substantial agreement in the importance ratings across the diversity of educational professionals, and 145 of the original 166 knowledge and ability statements were verified to be important and eligible for use as the foundation for the development of test specifications. The results also support the comprehensiveness of the defined content domain and the importance of the seven major content areas. The bulk of the report is presented in seven appendices that describe the job analysis participants, materials, and Mean Importance Ratings. (JGL) (96pp.)

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