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LIKS Teacher Knowledge Measure

Over the past decade, increased attention has been placed on the importance of knowledgeable and skilled teachers in influencing student academic growth, as evidenced by the No Child Left Behind Act and subsequent revisions. Moreover, teacher influence has been recognized by researchers as the single largest factor, surpassing family, neighborhood, and school. Better measures of teacher knowledge and effectiveness are needed to help provide for accountability. A researcher at Utah State University has developed the first valid and reliable measure of teacher literacy instruction knowledge that meets this need. The LIKS (Literacy Instruction Knowledge Scale) system, consists of two parts: (1) a written survey to see what the teacher actually knows , and (2) observation of the teacher to see how well they teach what they know. The market for kindergarten and elementary teachers is large and growing rapidly. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 179,500 kindergarten teachers and 1.5 million elementary school teachers with expected growth rates of 15% and 16%, respectively (2008-2018).
Features and Benefits
  • Valid and reliable 2-part teacher knowledge measure:
    • Written knowledge-based survey
    • Classroom observation instrument
      Reading and writing instruction
      Grades 1-3
  • Private and public education
  • Exit test for graduating teachers
  • Only valid and reliable measure of its kind for teacher literacy instruction knowledge and effectiveness, allowing a promising value proposition to customers
  • Unique research-based measure (not expert-based), increasing effectiveness with evidence-based results
  • Secure item pool of questions, for assessing teachers’ literacy instruction knowledge to determine professional development needs
  • 20 pre-training DVD’s for observers developed, reducing barriers to entry
Based on 4 years of research, the LIKS (Literacy Instruction Knowledge Scale) is composed of two parts, (1) the written Teacher Survey, and (2) the Classroom Observation Form. Existing tests do not provide evidence of reliability and validity of the LIKS.
Development Stage
Tested in multiple school districts over the past 2 years, LIKS is ready for commercialization. LIKS is the result of a million dollar grant to USU, ranked in 2009 by U.S. News and World Report in the top 2% of prestigious graduate schools of education in the U.S. for the past decade.
Allan Wood
Commercialization Associate
Technology Commercialization Office
(435) 797-2515
Reference: W10037