Educational Testing Service

January 20, 2011 12:30 ET

Developing Successful Teacher Candidates Focus of ETS's HBCU, HSI and Tribal College Conference

PRINCETON, NJ--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - Deans and faculty from more than 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Tribal Colleges will attend Educational Testing Service's (ETS) Invitational Conference. Participants will examine issues relating to test development, scoring, teacher effectiveness and closing achievement gaps. 

ETS's HBCU, HSI and Tribal College Invitational Conference

Monday, January 24 to Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chauncey Conference Center, Mallard Room
660 Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541

Conference sessions of note include:

  • "Literacy for Urban and Minority Students"
    John Sabatini, ETS, Senior Research Scientist

  • "Fair School Funding: The Key to Teaching Quality (and everything else)"
    David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center

  • "National Indian Education Study"
    David Freund, ETS, Director of Research

  • "Current Initiatives in Teacher Licensure and Certification"
    Katherine Bassett, ETS, Director of Educator Relations

  • "Impact of Praxis I ® Results on Praxis II ® Tests"
    Terran Brown, ETS, Psychometric Manager

  • "Alignment of Praxis Assessments to Common Core Standards"
    Eric Steinhauer, ETS, Assessment Specialist

  • "Teacher Effectiveness"
    Drew Gitomer, ETS, Distinguished Presidential Appointee, and Barbara Weren, ETS, Senior Program Administrator

Throughout the conference participants will learn about test development at ETS including purpose, design, reliability, validity, fairness and research. A major portion of the conference will be devoted to sessions on how to write test questions and score open-ended responses. ETS will provide information on free resources available to assist test takers preparing to take ETS tests.

For more than 27 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. Fourteen HBCU-ETS Collaboration Conferences have been held over the past seven 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." The conferences, which have attracted between 75-120 participants, provide opportunities for teacher educators from more than 75 campuses to delve into data on teacher preparation in their region, discuss best practices for preparing teacher candidates, and to hear from ETS about the latest developments in teacher licensure testing.

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® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments -- in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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