The state says the tests measure “knowledge and skills that are necessary for service in the state’s schools.” The type of knowledge that can be measured in multiple choice and short essay questions is quite limited, and I think to assume the tests measure skill level accurately is really a stretch.
Each of these tests is timed, with the exception of the ed TPA, although that must usually be completed within the one semester of student teaching in the vast majority of programs.
No one reports having leftover time, they work right up to the last minute.
The state provides vague details on the “standard setting committees” and cut score processes, claims they were field tested, and that individuals on the committees are qualified to make these important determinations.
Even without expertise in psychometrics, it’s easy to see that someone is trying to hide something.