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ERIC Number: ED429034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Pages: 6
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Performance Assessment Team: A Retention Program Revisited.
Guffy, Ted; Mann, George
All teacher certification programs at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) meet state standards for teacher education programs. Most admission and retention requirements are similar to those of other teacher preparation programs, though one unique component helps scrutinize teacher education students in the retention program: students must demonstrate characteristics that are essential for effective teaching. A performance assessment team monitors the ongoing student performance assessments conducted by faculty. Retention in the teacher education program is contingent on satisfactory appraisals. The performance assessment team develops policies and procedures to provide ongoing monitoring and information about each student. The process is ongoing, includes input from all education faculty members, helps students recognize and work through problem areas, and identifies students not suited to teaching. Division of Education faculty receive performance criteria and procedures at the beginning of each semester so they can monitor students (via a checklist and input regarding student progress). The performance assessment team enters faculty data into a database to track and analyze each student's performance. If students have neutral ratings, they receive a letter regarding leadership qualities and effective teacher characteristics. Students with noted concerns receive a letter identifying the areas of concern and recommending that they address the issues. A second letter results in a conference with the assessment team. This program at WTAMU is relatively new but has been successful in improving the retention program. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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