Performance Data Tracking System
The progress and the performance of candidates in the UAF Post-baccalaureate Secondary Licensure Program and the K-12 Art Licensure Program are assessed through multiple measures at five major “transition” points. The transition points are as follows:
TRANSITION ONE: Entry into the post-baccalaureate secondary licensure and the K-12 art licensure program is contingent on acceptable levels of performance in the following areas: Praxis I, Praxis II content test or OPI/WRI exams, analysis in each teaching content areas, extemporaneous writing sample review, GPA in content area, overall GPA, experiences with children and schools, cross cultural experiences, admissions essay, letters of reference, and an interview by a UAF School of Education secondary faculty panel.
TRANSITION TWO: Following completion of summer coursework, the performance of the post-baccalaureate candidate is evaluated again. This evaluation is based on two main sets of criteria: grades in summer coursework and the aggregation of data collected from Professional Characteristics Feedback forms completed by instructors for the three courses. Post-baccalaureate interns must receive a C or higher in the three courses to continue on to the internship.
TRANSITION THREE: Mid-way through the internship year (at the end of the fall semester), the performance of each intern is evaluated based on his/her performance on the summative, standards based assessment plan. At transition point three, candidates are required to meet each competency at a basic level (“acceptable”) in order to proceed to the spring internship. If required at the end of the fall semester, a specific plan of improvement will be written collaboratively by the intern and program chair, instructors, supervisors and/or mentor teachers with activities and dates to address the area of difficulty. Candidates not meeting standards must demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements of their plans of improvement by the specified dates in order to complete the program.
TRANSITION FOUR: At transition four (completion of spring semester), candidates must meet each competency at the “acceptable” level. Candidates who have not met the standards at an “acceptable” level are provided an opportunity to meet the standard again following the implementation of a specific plan of improvement. Because the collection of evidence to assess candidate progress is on-going throughout the internship year most candidate difficulties are targeted early enough to allow for the development, implementation and assessment of a plan of improvement prior to completion.
TRANSITION Five: At this transition point five (completion of electronic portfolio), candidates will have to meet each of the eight Alaska Teaching Standards. Each candidate’s portfolio is evaluated by a minimum of two reviewers. For a candidate’s portfolio to be awarded a “Pass”, every standard must receive an “Exceeds Expectations” or “Meets Expectation” by two reviewers.