Assessing Professional Knowledge : Oregon

Delivering Well Prepared Teachers Policy

Goal

The state should use a licensing test to verify that all new teachers meet its professional standards.

Does not meet
Suggested Citation:
National Council on Teacher Quality. (2011). Assessing Professional Knowledge : Oregon results. State Teacher Policy Database. [Data set].
Retrieved from: https://www.nctq.org/yearbook/state/OR-Assessing-Professional-Knowledge--6

Analysis of Oregon's policies

Oregon does not currently require new teachers to pass a test of pedagogy in order to attain licensure.

Citation

Recommendations for Oregon

Require that all new teachers pass a pedagogy test.
Oregon should verify that all new teachers meet professional standards through a test of professional knowledge.

State response to our analysis

Oregon recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis. The state added that it has been a leader in requiring teacher work samples as a demonstration of pedagogical proficiency. Oregon plans to field-test the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC) assessment and will consider a statewide assessment of work samples, if the state does not adopt the TPAC once it is fully developed.  

Research rationale

For evidence of the importance of pedagogy tests in improving student achievement, see C. Clotfelter, H.Ladd and J.Vigdor, "How and Why Do Teacher Credentials Matter for Student Achievement?"  Working Paper 2, Calder Institute (2007).

For further information regarding the use of performance assessments and the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium (TPAC) in California and other states see L. Darling-Hammond, "Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness: How Teacher Performance Assessments Can Measure and Improve Teaching" Center for American Progress (2010). 

For a perspectives on the issues with teaching dispositions, see W. Damon, "Personality Test: The dispositional dispute in teacher preparation today and what to do about it" in Arresting Insights in Education Vol.2 No. 3 (2005);  J. Gershman, "'Disposition' Emerges as Issue at Brooklyn College," New York Sun, May 2005.

For evidence on the low passing scores required by states on pedagogy tests, see the U.S. Department of Education's Secretary's Seventh Annual Report on Teacher Quality (2010). Also see K. Walsh "A Candidate-Centered Model for Teacher Preparation and Licensure" in A Qualified Teacher in Every Classroom (Hess, Rotherham and Walsh, eds.) (2004)