training students are being asked to pass numeracy tests. But how much faith should we place in such quality-control systems?
In America, most states require all teachers to pass a range of
pencil-and-paper tests before they enter the classroom.
However, a study from the US National Research Council, "Tests and teaching quality", casts doubt on the link between test results and teacher-effctiveness.
It concludes that, while tests assess knowledge, they are less good at predicting who will be
They also make it harder for schools to establish a more diverse teaching force because black and Hispanic teachers tend to do less well in such tests.
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