Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification

Development

The development process may include the following activities:

Objective Development

Test objectives that define the content of each test are prepared for fields under development. The objectives are broad statements of knowledge and skills that are important for performing the job of an educator in Michigan schools. The draft objectives are based on sources including Michigan and national standards for each field. The draft objectives are reviewed and approved by committees of Michigan K–12 educators and teacher preparation faculty. The Objective Review Conference is typically a one-day meeting.

Content Validation Survey

The purpose of the content validation survey is to ensure that the objectives identified for each field represent important aspects of the field and are relevant to the activity of teaching in Michigan classrooms. Classroom teachers throughout Michigan and faculty in teacher preparation programs are asked to participate in the survey.

Item Development and Review

Test questions ("test items") are prepared based on the validated objectives and other relevant materials obtained from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Draft test questions are reviewed and approved by the committees of Michigan classroom educators and teacher preparation faculty. The Item Review Conference can be a one- to-two-day meeting.

Field Testing

Test questions are field tested to gather information about their quality and technical characteristics. The field test provides teacher candidates and other individuals at Michigan institutions the opportunity to prepare for future tests.

Marker Response Selection

Content Advisory Committee members convene to review and approve exemplary responses to written performance response assignments. These responses will serve as "score-point markers" for training scorers to accurately score test takers' responses. The Marker Response Selection Meeting is typically a one-day meeting.

Test Administration

The schedule and other information for Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test administrations can be found on the MTTC Web site Link opens in a new window..

Standard Setting

A standard setting meeting typically occurs shortly after the first administration of the test. At this meeting, educators participate in a process of making judgments and recommendations regarding a passing score for the test to the MDE. The Standard Setting Conference is typically a one-day meeting.

Bias Review

Educators convene to review draft test materials, including test objectives and test items, for bias prevention and the inclusion of diversity in test materials. These are typically one- or two-day meetings held just before the content review meetings.

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