FSU Press Release:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
Teacher candidates preparing for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) have a new tool at their disposal: the first online practice tests for English Language Skills and Reading, developed by the Center for Advancement of Learning and Assessment (CALA) at The Florida State University. The FTCE General Knowledge Online Practice Test Module: English Language Skills is currently available; the Reading module will be available on Monday, May 3. The Center for Professional Development at Florida State is hosting the modules.
“Throughout the years, CALA has worked with thousands of prospective teachers and listened to their requests regarding FTCE test preparation,” said Faranak Rohani, director of the center. “As a result, we designed these modules to help candidates fine-tune their knowledge and skills before they take the test. From an economical point of view, we hope to help the candidates pass the test the first time and avoid the high cost associated with FTCE retakes.”
Each module contains a sample test and two full-length practice tests that are aligned with Florida Department of Education competencies and skills to help users analyze their performance. Users will get experience with the number, types and difficulty of questions they will encounter on the actual FTCE test, as well as links to other resources for use during practice test sessions and further study.
CALA measurement specialists have extensive experience in producing multimedia assessment instruments for high-stakes achievement, advancement, licensure and certification. In recent years, the center worked with the Florida Department of Education to develop test items for the FTCE. These modules were designed and field-tested by CALA experts who are trained in the art and science of valid and reliable test development, and both practice tests have high reliability. The goal is to add Essay and Mathematics to complete the suite of tests for General Knowledge.
The cost of each module is $23 plus a $7 credit/debit card convenience fee for unlimited 30-calendar-day access. To try a sample test free of charge or to register for the online module, visit http://www.cala.fsu.edu/ftce_modules.
The Center for Advancement of Learning and Assessment, based at Florida State’s research and development complex, is a pioneer in research and the design of multimedia instructional materials and customized assessments. It seeks and develops solutions that both inform policymakers and provide practical applications for educators.
For more information about CALA, call (850) 645- 2252 or visit www.cala.fsu.edu.