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A Job Analysis of the Content Knowledge and Skill Areas Important for Newly Licensed (Certified) Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-6)

Rosenfeld, Michael; Kocher, Gregory
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ETS Research Report
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Job Analysis, Beginning Teachers, Praxis Series, Test Content, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Certification, Elementary School Teachers


This assessment will not measure what a newly licensed (certified) elementary school teacher should know about pedagogy. Pedagogical knowledge is covered in other Praxis examinations. The rationale for this new assessment is based on the fact that elementary school teachers provide instruction in a wide range of subject matter. For this reason, The Praxis Program believes that elementary school teachers should have a broad understanding of a variety of subjects as background for the content they teach. This report will describe the job analysis study that was conducted, present the methods used to define the job-related knowledge and skill areas, describe the types of statistical analysis conducted, report the results of these analyses, and specify the implications of the results for developing test specifications.

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