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Standards: Assessment Modes
A wide range of assessment tools may be used to determine the proficiency of teacher educators. Three major types of assessments are portfolios, assessment center exercises and interviews. Experts and persons who make major contributions to teacher education do so in widely disparate ways, thus, the contents of portfolios may vary widely.

Portfolios could include resources such as video or audio tapes, computer disks, and copies of the most relevant materials and publications. The key to successful portfolio assessment is in selecting documents that provide an adequate view of the candidate's proficiency without a mass of inconsequential material.

  • Some initial indicators for portfolio assessment include:
  • Complete curriculum vita
  • Copies of publications and documents written by the candidate
  • Evidence of special training or proficiency
  • Documentation that he/she seeks and uses feedback on teaching and management
  • Presentations at personal philosophies and their basis in educational philosophy and research
  • Syllabi of courses taught
  • Video taped excerpts of teaching prospective and/or inservice teachers
  • Student evaluations of teaching
  • Descriptions of teacher education programs to which the candidate contributed, with a statement indicating the precise role in the development, and any data demonstrating the effectiveness of the program(s)
  • Contributions to accreditation reports and results
  • Funded proposals
  • Research, teaching, and service awards
  • Letters of support/recommendation from professionals who have observed the candidate or benefited from the candidate's contributions
  • Leadership in professional associations Self evaluation Videotaped excerpts of teaching P- 12 Videotaped conference with student teacher and cooperating teacher
  • Evidence of expertise in dealing with students of diversity and exceptionality
  • Evidence of a positive working attitude

Assessment Center Exercises
Assessment Center Exercises could include both written examinations and simulations. Some of the activities in the assessment center include:

  • Written analysis of a videotaped episode and/or case study in a
  • PreK-12 classroom. list of recommendations to be made to the teacher and/or prospective teacher in a follow-up conference, and a rationale for recommendations
  • Examination that tests knowledge of teacher education practice, research, and current developments
  • Small group discussion among 3-5 candidates concerning an educational issue
  • Simulations of situations related to teacher educator role
  • Oral defense of portfolio

Personal Interviews
Personal Interviews permit the assessment panel to explore in depth areas of teacher education not fully developed in the portfolio or included in assessment center responses. Some areas probed in interviews include:

  • Depth to which principles of teacher education are understood and applied as indicated by a presentation and defense of a program to which the candidate contributed
  • Extensiveness of contributions to the profession
  • Decisions and responses made in the assessment center
  • Materials included in the portfolio
  • Clarity and sensitivity with which ideas are presented

Standards And Assessments
Proficiency can be demonstrated in a number of ways. For each standard. a teacher educator can present portfolio information, demonstrate competence through various exercises in the assessment center and expertise through responses during a personal interview. The interaction of standards with these various methods of assessment does not imply that an individual will include materials in all cells. Indeed. one might include videotapes related to Standards 2. 4, and 6 while another might include them for Standard 1 only. Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will be evidence of teaching competence and can be substituted for other such measures.

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