Demonstrating teacher effectiveness is more important now than ever before. ETS is leading innovation in the field of educator assessment and certification. We have been partnering with states and associations to develop the standards that are needed to identify classroom leaders, and are also conducting the research necessary to demonstrate teacher effectiveness.
ETS has developed the nation’s first end-to-end state customized online portfolio assessment for Washington State professional teacher certification. The Washington ProTeach Portfolio is an evidence-based assessment program designed for teachers seeking the Washington professional certificate. The ProTeach Portfolio evaluates teachers on their ability to impact student learning as stated in the three standards and 12 criteria for the professional certificate approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).
Innovation in Teacher Assessment
ETS research scientists and assessment experts have been working with colleagues from the University of Michigan to develop, research and refine assessments focused on the knowledge that teachers need to effectively engage in critical tasks of teaching, what we refer to as Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT). Built on 25 years of research, CKT is emerging as a powerful tool for measuring the content knowledge used in teaching. In order to better understand how use of CKT questions might improve measurement of content knowledge in licensure tests, planning is underway to pilot CKT questions in an optional section of some Praxis II® tests and for the purpose of professional licensure assessments.
This ETS report takes a look at the current status of Online Teacher Education and Professional Development, and the virtual K–12 teaching and learning. The report exams the various contexts and dimensions of online learning, various categories and models of online delivery systems and recent and projected trends in online learning.
Leadership Assessment and Certification
The School Leadership Series, aligned to the most current ISLLC Standards, was developed to provide a thorough, fair and carefully validated assessment for states to use as part of the licensure process for principals, superintendents and school leaders. The School Leadership Series is composed of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA), the Kentucky Specialty Test of Instructional and Administrative Practices, and the Instructional Facilitator Test.
The Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium, a national group funded by ETS, created model standards to stimulate dialogue among teaching professionals about what constitutes the knowledge, skills and competencies that teachers need to assume teacher leadership roles in their schools, districts and the profession. The Consortium was formed more than two years ago to explore opportunities to provide meaningful positions for teacher leaders in the nation’s schools. It focuses on teachers who seek leadership roles, but who do not want to leave the classroom.
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