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ERIC Number: ED424194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-28
Pages: 5
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Defining Performance Based Assessment within a Community of Learners: The Challenge & the Promise.
Alban, Theresa; Proffitt, Thomas D.; SySantos, Christine
The Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) enhances collaboration among states rethinking teacher assessment for initial licensing and for preparation and induction into teaching. Towson University's Elementary Education Department adopted INTASC's standards for its teacher education program. In a pilot program involving a Baltimore County public elementary school and Towson University, course outcomes reflecting INTASC standards became the core of a performance-based assessment program for teacher interns. Through ongoing collaboration with mentor teachers, the university instructor established an observation/evaluation instrument for assessing preservice teachers' performance. A beginning performance portfolio complemented the assessment instrument. Towson University offered a graduate course in which classroom teachers interested in supervising preservice teachers worked with university personnel to identify experiences and performances and construct evaluation instruments that guided and reflected the developmental process for interns. They also constructed guidelines/requirements for portfolio assessment. Interns piloted the assessment model in the Professional Development School. Classroom observations were conducted using the observation tools for five teaching competencies. The checklists became the vehicle for structuring conferences about teaching performance. When the semester ended, the supervising teacher, intern, and university supervisor completed an evaluation for each competency using the summative rating sheets. Next, interns piloted the Portfolio Exhibition. The interns' portfolios were examined and evaluated with portfolio rating sheets. Graduate course participants reconvened to examine comments from supervising teachers, interns, and university supervisors regarding implementation of the assessment model and are now making refinements. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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