Educational Testing Service

January 28, 2010 13:29 ET

Developing Successful Teacher Candidates Focus of HBCU Conference

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - 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:

--  HBCU Teacher Education Program profiles
--  Teacher effectiveness research
--  Supporting teacher candidates and faculty
--  K-12 assessment and performance management
--  test validity, reliability and fairness
--  assessment development, item writing and test assembly

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."

About ETS

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.

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