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Assessment and Accreditation

Assessment

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Assessment and Accreditation

Address:
35 W. Rosedale Ave.
302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


David Bell
Associate Dean for Curriculum and Accreditation
302C Recitation Hall
DBell@wcupa.edu


Mary Tygh
Unit Assessment Specialist
201C Recitation Hall
MTygh@wcupa.edu


Leigh Robinson
Data Specialist
201 Recitation Hall
LRobinson2@wcupa.edu


Noni Kline
Assessment Software Administrator
203D Recitation Hall
NKline@wcupa.edu


Danielle Reilly
Tk20 Support Specialist
203D Recitation Hall
DReilly@wcupa.edu

Assessment

Overview

The Professional Education Unit has designed and implemented a Unit Assessment System aligned with its conceptual framework and professional, state, and national standards. This system enables the collection and analysis of data on candidates, faculty, mentor teachers, placements, Unit Assessments, and all programs leading to certification as teachers and other school professionals.

The Unit Assessment System consists of nearly 30 measures/activities. The measures provide evidence of:

  1. the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions by candidates,
  2. the effectiveness and efficiency of operations of the Office of Clinical Experiences and Candidate Services,
  3. the qualifications of Unit faculty to teach, engage in scholarly activity, and participate in service; and
  4. the institution and Unit structures of governance, budget, and physical space used by the Unit to fulfill its mission.

Unit Assessment

The measures of candidate performance (Unit Assessments) were agreed to by all program chairs and coordinators in April of 2004. These include:

  • Certification exams,
  • Lesson plans,
  • Teacher Internship Performance Rating (TIPR) Forms,
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 430 Forms,
  • Benchworks Teacher Education Exit Assessment (TEEA) Survey, and
  • Alumni surveys for Initial and Advanced Educator Preparation Programs.

These assessment measures reflect the Unit performance indicators from the Conceptual Framework that guides all WCU Educator Preparation Programs. The courses in which Unit Assessments are administered can be found in the WCU Professional Education Unit Assessment Handbook.

Department Chairs and Assessment Coordinators can view Unit- and program-level assessment data in Tk20 using these instructions.

Program Assessment

Teacher preparation programs in the Unit have an obligation not only to measure the performance of their candidates on performance indicators from the Unit Conceptual Framework using Unit assessments, they have an obligation to measure program specific goals or performance indicators, against SPA and PDE standards. Maintaining a culture of continuous improvement implies devoting regular attention to the process of collecting and analyzing assessment data for the purposes of (a) identifying program and Unit strengths and areas of need and (b) acting to make improvements in the areas of need.

Assessment Software

The Unit uses Tk20 as an online assessment software for documenting student learning outcomes and clinical experiences. Data collected in Tk20 is used as evidence to prove the Unit is meeting CAEP standards. Data collection through Tk20 is an ongoing process and demonstrates the Unit’s long-term commitment to continuous improvement.