Some students are also taking CLEP exams to compensate for missing undergraduate course requirements.
Let’s just say that throughout your time in a teacher preparation program you are worrying about certification exams.
The state provides vague details on the “standard setting committees” and cut score processes, claims they were field tested, and that individuals on the committees are qualified to make these important determinations.
Even without expertise in psychometrics, it’s easy to see that someone is trying to hide something.
If you schedule an exam and need to cancel, you only get a partial rebate.
If you want to contest your ed TPA score, you must pay 0, which does not entitle you to a new evaluation, only to an internal investigation of the scoring process.
It seems they want to cover all the content of the preparation program, maybe so that eventually someone can circumvent a masters program altogether.
The state says the tests measure “knowledge and skills that are necessary for service in the state’s schools.” The type of knowledge that can be measured in multiple choice and short essay questions is quite limited, and I think to assume the tests measure skill level accurately is really a stretch.
Each of these tests is timed, with the exception of the ed TPA, although that must usually be completed within the one semester of student teaching in the vast majority of programs.
No one reports having leftover time, they work right up to the last minute.