Urban Teachers delivers a performance commitment to its district and school partners: program participants graduate from the program and are recommended for full professional certification only after they have successfully completed the first three years of the Urban Teachers program and demonstrated effective teaching.
URBAN TEACHERS TEACHER PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (T-PAS)
The purpose of Urban Teachers’ Teacher Performance Assessment System (T-PAS) is to identify whether or not participants are meeting Urban Teachers’ performance expectations. Participant progress is monitored through quarterly data reviews and communicated through performance reports. Urban Teachers’ T-PAS culminates with the Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation (TEE) for participants in the third year of the program, which guides Urban Teachers’ decisions with regard to whether Urban Teachers recommends participants for certification.
Throughout the course of the program, Urban Teachers assesses participants on their performance in three areas: coursework performance, teaching practice, and growth mindset & professionalism.
Participants are informed about their progress in meeting program expectations in many ways, formal and informal. Informally, participants are given feedback on their coursework performance through the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s BlackBoard system, which holds assignment grades and instructor feedback. Formally, participants can view their official grades by accessing the SIS Self-Service website.
Participants can access their coach ratings on their teaching practice and growth mindset & professionalism through EdReflect within a few hours of when an observation has been rated and shared. Urban Teachers will provide participants with quarterly performance reports on their teaching practice and growth mindset & professionalism performance.
During Year 1 (residents) and Year 2 (fellows), participants receive performance reports each Quarter. In Year 3, fellows receive performance reports for Quarters 1-3, and their Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation (TEE) report is provided at the end of the year.
The quarterly reports include:
- The indicator ratings from the comprehensive coaching cycle and the independent observation;
- The growth mindset & professionalism indicator ratings from coursework instructors, the coach, and the Site Team;
- The averaged teaching practice score;
- The averaged growth mindset & professionalism score; and
- A determination if the participant has met expectations for teaching practice and for growth mindset & professionalism.
Urban Teachers provides school reports to principals after the fall semester to inform them about participants’ progress during those two (2) quarters. Urban Teachers expects all participants to take responsibility for monitoring their own progress throughout the year by accessing their ratings on the Teacher Practice Rubric (TPR) posted on EdReflect.
Urban Teachers participants must master the classroom skills and abilities necessary to become highly skilled classroom teachers. Urban Teachers evaluates each participant’s classroom skills, elaborated more fully in the Teacher Practice Rubric, as it exists and may be amended from time to time. Ratings on the power indicators are averaged to generate a score for each observation.
Each quarter, as per the desired coaching treatment, Urban Teachers averages the score from the comprehensive coaching cycle and from an independent observation to generate an overall score and shares this information in the quarterly performance report. Urban Teachers has set expectations that gradually increase throughout a participant’s time in the program (see Table 8: Program Requirements Overview). The overall score is compared to the expectation for that program year.
Growth Mindset & Professionalism:
Urban Teachers expects all of its participants to demonstrate the behaviors outlined in Strand E of the TPR:
- Active participation in their professional learning community,
- Openness to feedback,
- An internal locus of control, and
- Professional behavior in their coursework, clinical training, teaching responsibilities, and other areas relevant to the teaching
Please review the Growth Mindset & Professionalism Handbook for more detailed information regarding the expectations in this area.
Urban Teachers receives input from multiple sources when assessing the growth mindset & professionalism of participants. Ratings are disseminated via the quarterly reports. The expectation for growth mindset & professionalism is a 3.0 score throughout the entire program.
The overall growth mindset & professionalism score for each participant is the average of these three sources of information:
- Coaches’ ratings on TPR Strand E during comprehensive coaching cycles.
- Course instructors’ ratings on TPR Strand E at the close of every course.
- The site directors’ ratings at the end of every quarter. The site directors also gather data from other Site Team staff and school-based personnel and maintains a database of evidence from all of these sources.