Oklahoma City and Hadley, Mass — Nov. 27, 2007 – The Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation has added Cherokee to its Oklahoma Subject Area Tests. Developed in collaboration with Pearson’s teacher licensure testing group with the assistance of educators from the Cherokee Nation, this new exam joins five other World Language certification exams offered as part of the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators teacher certification testing program.
The Evaluation Systems group of Pearson (formerly National Evaluation Systems) develops and administers the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators, which include the Oklahoma General Education Test, the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination and the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests. The purpose of Oklahoma’s teacher certification testing program is to help ensure that all candidates seeking certification in the state have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the job of an entry-level educator in its public schools.
“Our goal is to ensure that every student in Oklahoma has access to competent, caring and qualified teachers,” said Ted Gillispie, executive director, Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. “To achieve this goal, we work closely with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to continually expand and enhance our teacher certification testing program by adding exams such as the new Cherokee subject area test and by updating our existing tests.” In addition to Cherokee, other World Language teacher certification exams included in the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests are French, German, Latin, Russian and Spanish. Other Oklahoma Subject Area Tests that were updated or redeveloped for the 2007-2008 program year include English, U.S. History/Oklahoma History/Government/Economics and World History/Geography.
“Working closely with individual states around the country, we develop custom teacher licensure testing programs,” said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. “The expansion of the Oklahoma Subject Area Tests to include Cherokee is just one example of how states are developing testing programs that meet their unique educational needs.”
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