Faculty Publications

Document Type


Publication Date

April 2013

Publication Title

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting


Certification/Licensure, RASCH Models, Validity/Reliability


Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Secondary Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development


Examining a large sample of teacher candidate responses (n=1711), we found a sufficient degree of internal structure validity evidence to support the intended, continued use of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (2008) instrument to measure teacher candidates’ skills and proficiencies with professional standards in teaching (CCTC, 2012). Our examination of the Elementary Literacy Teaching Event found that the unidimensional IRT model fits the data very well and results in high reliability (.914), which is reassuring given the dependence on raters, the varied nature of the portfolio submissions and types of tasks, and the differences in California teacher preparation programs and their candidates. Further multi-dimensional analyses revealed two distinct constructs related to the Teaching Event with implications for pre-service preparation.


Paper presented as part of symposium: Reflections and Visions: Teacher Training and Degree Effects on Student Achievement.
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