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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Assessor Training: Impact of Bias Reduction Exercises


by Michelle Y. Szpara & E. Caroline Wylie 2005

This study is an in-depth investigation of the NBPTS bias reduction training from the perspective of assessors. The research examined how successful the bias training was in guiding assessors to recognize their biases and to identify actions to be used to reduce the impact of bias. The study focused on portfolio video entries to allow for a greater exploration of bias, since assessors are provided with a visual and aural depiction of the candidates and their students. Valuable confirmation of the efficacy of the bias awareness exercises was obtained. Results also indicated that further work could be done to guide assessors in specifically examining societal biases and to emphasize the importance of assessors taking conscious action to minimize their biases during scoring.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 4, 2005, p. 803-841
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11821, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 11:19:05 AM

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  • Michelle Szpara
    Long Island University
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    MICHELLE YVONNE SZPARA is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Long Island University in New York. She teaches cultural diversity for educators and supervises student teachers in urban settings. Her research includes prejudice reduction for teachers, linguistic analysis of racial discourse, and identification of sources of differential performance for minorities in testing.
  • E. Wylie
    Educational Testing Service
    CAROLINE WYLIE is a researcher at Educational Testing Service. Her research interests include psychometric issues for performance assessments, assessor training for performance assessments, teacher licensure/certification, investigations of potential sources of group performance differences, and issues of fairness.
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