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Using College Data to Better Understand Teachers' Performance on the National Standardized Test for Teachers (NSTT) in the Federated States of Micronesia

Region:
Pacific
Abstract:

Description: One pressing challenge in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a geographically remote group of islands that comprise four states, is a shortage of qualified teachers. Currently, many teachers do not meet the FSM's two requirements to obtain a teacher certification: holding at least an associate degree and passing the National Standardized Test for Teachers (NSTT). Although almost 90 percent of FSM teachers meet the minimum educational requirement, fewer than half meet full certification requirements, which means many teachers are not passing the NSTT. It is currently unclear why so many prospective teachers in the FSM are not passing the NSTT. Stakeholders have expressed a need to learn more about teachers who pass and do not pass the NSTT and would also like to identify potential predictors of NSTT performance.

Using existing data, this study will examine variability in the demographic characteristics and the college academic preparation variables of teacher candidates who graduated from the College of Micronesia-FSM from 2012 through 2016 and who passed or failed the NSTT. In addition, this study will examine what demographic and college academic preparation factors predict NSTT performance in this context. Findings will inform future planning efforts aimed at promoting college preparation, counseling, degree requirements, and other practices and policies at the College of Micronesia-FSM.

Research Questions:

  1. What were the demographic and college academic preparation characteristics of College of Micronesia–FSM graduates who passed the NSTT compared with COM-FSM graduates who did not pass the NSTT?
  2. What demographic and college academic preparation characteristics of College of Micronesia–FSM graduates predict passing the NSTT, after adjusting for other demographic and college academic preparation factors?

Study Design: For this study, the REL Pacific research team will conduct descriptive analyses to characterize the demographic and college academic preparation of teacher candidates who graduated from the College of Micronesia-FSM from 2012 through 2016 and who passed and did not pass the NSTT. Additionally, the research team will conduct multiple logistic regression analyses to examine what demographic and college academic preparation characteristics of College of Micronesia-FSM graduates predict whether they passed the NSTT.

Projected Release Date: Summer 2020

Partnership or Research Alliance: Federated States of Micronesia Partnership for the Improvement of Teaching

Study Related Products: Stated Briefly report
Making Connections report

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
Lisa Shannon, Director of Research and Evaluation, Magnolia Consulting, LLC
Lisa Scherff, Managing Researcher, McREL International
Sheila A. Arens, Executive Director, Research and Evaluation, McREL International