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The Highly Questionable "Highly Qualified" Label
Action in Teacher Education (2004)
  • Elaine Hampton, University of Texas at El Paso

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is instrumental in the national movement toward the use of one short-answer test as the gate-keeping instrument to prevent or allow university graduates trained in education to enter the teaching profession. This investigation questions the wisdom of this test-based certification by looking at the impact on recent (university education program) graduates who have had difficulty passing the tests. Four of these graduates provided information via in-depth interviews. The interview data provide evidence that raises questions about the value of taking these people out of the teaching profession. The individuals provide evidence of characteristics of qualified teachers such as academic success and positive reviews from administration and teachers.

  • Teacher Professional Testing,
  • high-stakes testing,
  • Texas testing,
  • NCLB,
  • test-based teacher certification
Publication Date
Summer 2004
Citation Information
Elaine Hampton. "The Highly Questionable "Highly Qualified" Label" Action in Teacher Education Vol. XXVI Iss. 2 (2004)
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