The care and feeding of an assessment system: Responding to university, program, state and federal changes in teacher preparation standards
Abstract: For all teacher preparation programs pursuing NCATE accreditation, the Unit’s Assessment System exists to manage information; ultimately for Unit and Program improvement. Like all systems, the assessment system exists within and for a specific contextual purpose; namely, to collect information from all Unit participants and report information out to external recipients. The various inputs need to be managed in a sane way, so the information meshes carefully with the rest of the system. Likewise, the system must be able to export that data in a format that is compatible with the expectations of the ultimate recipient, be that a University entity, or agencies at the level of Program Association, State or Federal. This paper will outline the roles that technology and mindful modification of modifications play in managing and maintaining an effective Assessment System, in the face of changes coming from all manner of participants and external recipients.
Presider: Karsten Krauskopf, Potsdam University