STANDARD 2

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Standard 2: Assessment System and Unit Evaluation

The unit has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data on applicant qualifications, candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the performance of candidates, the unit, and its programs.

2.1 Statement about the evidence

The unit has a comprehensive assessment system that collects and analyzes data on applicant qualifications, candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the performance of candidates, the unit, and its programs. The unit’s assessment system is based on the conceptual framework and is aligned with state and national standards. The assessment system is organized around GATES: GATES 1 – 4 are developed around the initial program; GATES 5 – 8 are developed around the advanced programs; and GATES 9 – 11 are developed around the other school professional programs. Each GATE includes several key internal and external assessments for which candidates must demonstrate proficiency prior to moving to the next benchmark. Most key assessments have scoring guides, including rubrics, for determining levels of candidate accomplishment.

While it is unclear what role the professional community has played in the evaluation of the assessment system, data reports from key assessments at the initial, advanced, and other school professional programs suggest that data are collected, summarized, and analyzed on a continuous basis and embedded in the culture of the unit.

Since its last visit in 2003, the unit has adopted and fully implemented the use of several technologies to support its assessment system, including LiveText, Excel, and SPSS. Faculty members have access to technologies used to support the assessment system. The unit also has a secured network drive that all faculty members have access to for storing data reports.

The unit’s Assessment Committee, headed by the Associate Dean, is primarily responsible for the oversight of the assessment system. The committee generates the reports, summarizes the data, and leads faculty discussions around data generated reports.

To ensure assessments are free from bias, the unit employs three distinct activities: (1) faculty and the Assessment Committee review data longitudinally to ensure consistency in scoring; (2) training is required for new raters of e-Portfolio using scoring rubrics; and (3) the unit continuously conducts studies of inter-rater reliability of instruments where rubrics are used for scoring.

Data are disaggregated for candidates in alternate routes, so program and unit changes can be made specific to these programs. However, according to the document, “Examples of Changes Made to Program as Informed by Data,” examples of changes made by the unit as informed by assessment data are limited to initial programs. No changes are described that are distinctly related to alternate route programs or advanced and other professional programs.

2.2 Progress toward meeting the target level on this standard. Not applicable to this standard.

2.3 Feedback on correcting previous areas for improvement (AFIs)

AFIs corrected from last visit:

AFI Number & Text Apply to AFI Rationale
The unit makes limited use of ITP,ADV The unit has adopted and fully
information technologies to maintain implemented the use of several
the assessment system. technologies to support its assessment
system, including LiveText, Excel, and
SPSS.

2.4 Areas of concern related to continuing to meet the standard. None

2.5 Evidence for the Onsite BOE Team to validate during the onsite visit


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