NYSTCE Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written

The NYSTCE Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written measures your knowledge according to the New York State Academic Standards. Success on this test indicates that you are qualified to teach at the elementary school level in the New York State public school system. The test content is drawn from these subareas: Student Development and Learning (25% of the exam); Instruction and Assessment (38%); the Professional Environment (17%); and an Instruction and Assessment constructed-response question (20%). The test consists of 80 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response question.

NYSTCE Elementary Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written Practice Questions

1. According to which philosophy of education should curriculum be composed of core, traditional knowledge and skills?
A: Reconstructionism
B: Progressivism
C: Idealism
D: Essentialism

2. Which of the following is a central element of programmed learning?
A: Cooperative learning
B: Spiraling
C: Independent study
D: Lecture-based instruction

3. The _____ of a test is the extent to which it measures what it was intended to measure.
A: validity
B: reliability
C: accuracy
D: security

4. Which of the following skills is NOT improved by free play?
A: Concentration
B: Social interaction
C: Activity selection
D: Experimentation with tasks

5. Which educational theorist emphasized the value of puzzles and games in the development of problem-solving skills?
A: Montessori
B: Froebel
C: Pestalozzi
D: Piaget

Answer Key

1. D. Essentialist educators believe that the curriculum should remain consistent and, as a result, that it should not change over time.
2. C. In programmed learning, students are encouraged to make incremental progress through independent study.
3. A. Invalid tests are useless assessments because they measure irrelevant knowledge and skills.
4. A. Research on free play indicates that it forces students to divide their attention among several tasks.
5. C. Johann Pestalozzi believed that students should avoid book learning in favor of practical, problem-solving experiences.