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During the 1980s, public attention to the quality of education has increased policymakers' concern about the quality of teachers. Although it is relatively easy to assess basic skills and academic knowledge, evaluating teaching skills is far more complex and less well understood. This report presents a new approach to appraising teacher performance. The design, adapted from study of licensing in other professions, requires a substantial supervised internship as a precondition to taking a new standardized (not multiple choice) test of teaching skills. The combination of these two requirements is necessary and sufficient to provide the public with the assurance that novice teachers are fit to begin professional service.

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