Submitted Fall, 2005
Assessment instruments (rubrics & criterion scoring) for levels three and four of the renewed Teacher Education Program are just now being implemented. Although not appearing in this report, data for the Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience, the Case Study of a Classroom, the Unit Plan Case Study, and Student Teaching are being gathered. . The data collected so far are only sufficient to begin the initial analysis of the first level (TE 100) and part of the second level (TE 204). As has been noted in this report, the assessment instruments themselves have been subjected to numerous rewrites, particularly in the case of the Teaching Dispositions and, to a lesser extent, the rubric for the Case Study of an Individual in TE 204..
The TE 100 Five Looks project has had a more stable history and seems to have more focused and appropriate criteria included in its rubric. Likewise, the Morally Responsible Teacher rubric has undergone little change in the past five semesters. It would seem that these two first level common assessments are now locked in. The key for the future then is working with additional common assessments which so far have proved to be somewhat problematic.
Actions regarding these assessments including modifications and the creation of new assessments is the work of teams which deal with each of the four levels of the renewed teacher education program. The Level Four team has created the three TE 400 assessments (Case Study of a Classroom, Unite Plan Case Study, and Student Teaching). An additional new assessment at Level Four will be an evaluation of the Electronic Portfolio created by all education students which includes their common assessments as well as their work products and vitas. The Level Three team has created and implemented assessment instruments for the two Methods Courses (Lesson Plan Case Study & Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience) and latter may still undergo some revision.
The work of Level Two and Level One teams is largely accomplished with the exception of the Teaching Dispositions assessment (as previously mentioned). It is urgent that final modifications be finished since this assessment is across all four levels of the renewed program