ETS Launches Washington's Teacher Portfolio Assessment

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Princeton, N.J. (February 17, 2010) —

The Washington ProTeach Portfolio, the first large-scale, consequential, e-Portfolio assessment for teacher licensure, launched on January 4, 2010. Educational Testing Service is the contractor for the development, delivery and scoring of this innovative licensure assessment.

The ProTeach Portfolio is more than just an assessment for teacher licensure, says Katherine Bassett, ETS Director of Educator Relations within the Teacher Licensure and Certification (TLC) group. "This portfolio assessment for second-tier licensure represents cutting-edge professional development to both identify and to strengthen effective teaching practice."

Practicing teachers in Washington must pass the assessment within five years of initial licensure in order to gain professional certification.

"This first-of-its-kind e-Portfolio assessment benefits from our experience on earlier performance assessments of teacher practice and teacher evaluation," says Linda Tyler, ETS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Teacher Licensure and Certification. "Using what we've learned through work on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the California Teaching Performance Assessment and the Kansas Performance Teaching Portfolio, ETS continues to push the field forward, with the major innovation for this project being an all on-line solution."

ETS was selected as the contractor for the design, development, delivery, scoring and score reporting components of the assessment. ETS partnered with LiveText, which serves the education community with e-Portfolio, learning assessment, and accreditation management solutions, to create the fully online performance assessment system. Teachers register and submit their evidence electronically and will receive their scores online. Scorers will be trained online after an initial in-person training and will qualify, recalibrate and score online.

"The online assessment provides maximum transparency, flexibility and convenience for the candidates," adds Esther Baker, Program Director, Teacher Assessments, Washington state’s Professional Educator Standards Board. "The use of Washington educators in the electronic scoring closes the loop for continuous improvement to the licensure system and provides an excellent professional growth opportunity to experienced teachers."

Candidates will be required to submit three entries. The entries, which measure the Washington Professional Certificate Standards and Criteria, will include Professional Growth and Contributions; Building a Learning Community; and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Scores will be assigned for each of the twelve criteria that comprise the three Professional Certificate Standards. The scores for the criteria will be summed, using a compensatory model. Candidates are required to meet a passing standard set on the summed score and will receive feedback to help them determine which entries to retake should they not meet that standard.

About ETS

At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org

About LiveText

LiveText provides e-Portfolio, learning assessment, and accreditation management web tools, expert consulting services, and broad support services to continuously improve higher education. LiveText's standards-based learning assessment and Accreditation Management System™ provides the most advanced, flexible, and intuitive web-based tools for developing, assessing, and measuring student learning and program evaluation. LiveText is committed to community collaboration for the development of the most effective technology-based services to expand the student and faculty learning processes, facilitate program growth and effectiveness, and support continuous improvement of the overall higher educational experience for students, teachers, and entire institutions. www.livetext.com