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TaskStream and TPAC Announce Partnership to Measure Teacher Effectiveness

NEW YORK Feb. 23, 2011 / / Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium

The TPAC, comprised of more than 70 teacher preparation institutions from 21 pilot states, plans to pilot and implement a new Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) for evaluating teacher candidates, setting the stage for training teachers throughout their careers. This systematic measure of teacher effectiveness is modeled after the INTASC teacher portfolio project and the highly successful Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) for pre-service teachers.  

The TPA requires candidates to offer evidence of their practice and its outcomes along with analysis of student learning and reflective commentaries which explain the professional judgments underlying their teaching and learning artifacts. TaskStream’s e-Portfolio platform will streamline the collection, analysis and scoring of the evidence, providing teacher preparation programs with the tools they need to prepare effective teachers for the classroom and inform continuous program improvement.

Stanford University Ray Pecheone

Webster Thompson

TaskStream has played a vital role in helping institutions assess the performance of their teacher candidates for over a decade by providing the technology and support necessary to collect and score student work, aggregate and report the results, and analyze the data to evaluate program effectiveness. Educators at these institutions and around the world use TaskStream’s e-Portfolio and performance assessment system to gather papers, projects, lesson plans, videos and other examples of students’ work, evaluate their learning and provide them with real-time feedback.

Sharon P. Robinson

The partnership between TaskStream and TPAC will begin this spring through administration of a pilot with approximately 1,700 students in teacher preparation programs and continue into 2012 with a full field test with a larger population of aspiring teachers.

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