Michigan Moves Toward Computer-Based Teacher Certification Testing

The state of Michigan is moving toward computer-based testing for teacher certification for the first time.

Michigan has awarded Pearson a five-year contract to continue managing the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) program. The contract will take effect in October.

According to Pearson, the latest contract calls for computer-based testing for the first time in the history of the program. The move is designed to help expand opportunities for teachers to become certified, accordint to Flora Jenkins, director of the Michigan Department of Education Office of Professional Preparation Services.

“In Michigan, we recognize that putting knowledgeable, prepared educators in our schools’ classrooms and in leadership positions in our school districts is critical to preparing our state’s students for 21st century success,” Jenkins said in a statement released this week. “Through our continued collaboration with Pearson and the development of computer-based tests, we are increasing certification examination opportunities for candidates.”

The first two computer-based tests will begin in fall 2010. Candidates will take their computer-based tests in Pearson’s test centers and will be able to receive test results immediately. In addition, the number of paper-based test administrations wil increase from four to five each year, also in an effort to increase certification opportunities.

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