Presenters: Judith Monseur and Brenda Price, Ohio Department of Education
Summary: This session focused on the Resident Educator Summative Assessment that Year 3 Ohio Resident Educators may take. It also outlined provisions for Year 4 Resident Educators.
In Year 3, Resident Educators are inducted into the full life of teaching through reflective practice. They have developed an understanding of teaching and learning and are preparing to demonstrate their professional growth through the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA).
The RESA’s purpose is to assess Resident Educators’ skills and practices, measured by proficiency on the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. The assessment is being developed through Stanford University, Teachscape and the Ohio Department of Education.
For the assessment, Resident Educators will use an online platform to submit lesson plans, instructional materials, analysis of student learning, student work samples, video clips of lessons, and written teacher reflections as evidence of their teaching performance. These will be reviewed and scored by trained assessors who have five or more years of teaching experience and professional development and coaching experience. Assessment planners will analyze field test data being collected this school year to determine the requirements that will necessary for third-year Resident Educators to pass the RESA.
Resident educators (REs) who take RESA in Year 3 are required to have a licensed educator to help facilitate their preparation. They are not required to have a state-trained mentor to support them, though the person who has been their mentor may also qualify to serve as their facilitator. Required facilitation training will be online beginning in late summer 2013. When selecting a facilitator, districts should look for someone who holds a professional educator license, understands the Resident Educator Program and is already familiar with facilitation and questioning strategies.
If RESA participants are unsuccessful in passing all part of RESA in 2013-2014, they may retake deficient portions in 2014 – 2015.
Schools and districts will determine whether their third-year resident educators are ready for the assessment. If not, these teachers can wait until Year 4 to take the test. If the district determines a Resident Educator should wait until Year 4 to test, it still must provide specific supports to the Resident Educator in Year 3. The RE must be assigned trained mentor, and the mentor will follow a Year 3 Best Practices timeline similar to that of Year 2. The RE will complete a Year 3 Formative Progress Review in Spring 2014 and begin RESA in Fall 2014.
Costs to implement RESA, such as use of the software platform, site licenses, assessors and facilitation training, are paid by ODE.
Resident Educators, who successfully passed RESA in Year 3, will be supported as Year 4 REs through learning communities in their schools and districts as they deepen their content knowledge, collaborate with colleagues and accept teacher leadership responsibilities.
More information about professional learning opportunities for Year 4 REs will be provided in fall 2013.
Upon successful completion of RESA and all Year 4 requirements, REs may apply for the 5-year professional license.
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