When Assessment and Accountability Intersect, Good Things Can Happen

Connie L. Schaffer

Abstract


A process implemented in a large teacher preparation program simultaneously addressed demands related to improving pre-service teacher assessment practices and program accountability.  The process, called Assessment Presentations, led to (a) more systematic incorporation of assessment instruction into the program's curriculum, and (b) the refinement of a program accountability measure.  As part of the Assessment Presentations, pre-service teachers gave oral presentations during which they demonstrated assessment practices and offered evidence for program accountability by including data related to P-12 student learning.  The Assessment Presentations also provided program-specific data that led to individual program revisions and a stronger overall teacher education program.  Discussion of the procedures, scoring criteria, results, and outcomes of the Assessment Presentations provides information that may be beneficial to other teacher education programs.

Keywords


Assessment; Accountability; Pre-Service Teachers

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3776/joci.%25y.v8i1p31-47

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