At the end of Program Year 3, Urban Teachers assesses whether each participant has met the effectiveness standard required for teacher certification. In this summative, multiple-measures evaluation model, Urban Teachers combines data to generate a summative score, based on these criteria: teaching practice, student achievement gains, and growth mindset & professionalism. (For those fellows with no student gains data, only teaching practice and growth mindset & professionalism are used in the model.) This score is compared to the effectiveness standard as the basis for Urban Teachers’ decision to recommend full certification. If Urban Teachers does not recommend a participant for certification, Urban Teachers will dismiss the participant from the program.
Coaches and independent observers rate fellows in Program Year 3 on teaching practice quarterly, as described under the teaching practice section above. The TEE model uses the final quarter teaching practice score or the average of the final two (2) quarters scores, whichever is higher.
Student Achievement Gains:
At the end of each of the first two years as teachers of record (fellows in Program Year 2 & 3), Urban Teachers calculates the average student achievement gains for each participant, when this data is available. Student achievement gains are calculated using data from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments, a nationally normed, standardized, computer-adaptive assessment that is administered at the start and end of each year to students in the classrooms of fellows in Program Years 2 & 3. These assessments are designed to measure a student’s achievement and academic growth, and can be used with students in grades kindergarten through tenth grade.
NWEA automatically generates extensive reports about student data and maps scores for each student to required grade-level skills. After the fall testing cycle, Urban Teachers coaches become the point of contact for participants, and work to assist them in using their data to guide instruction. Urban Teachers strongly encourages participants to make use of this data to differentiate instruction and provide appropriate support to all students.
To determine student achievement gains for each program participant, Urban Teachers compares the average growth of these students with students in other urban districts, and averages the student gains for each participant. Urban Teachers then categorizes student gains on a 1 to 4 scale (“far below”, “below”, “meets”, or “exceeds”), using both the estimate of student gains and the confidence interval of the estimate, in order to take into account imprecision in these estimates.
Growth Mindset & Professionalism:
Coaches and the Executive Director rate fellows in Program Year 3 on growth mindset & professionalism quarterly, as described under the growth mindset & professionalism section above and within the GMP. The TEE model uses the final quarter score or the average of the final two (2) quarter scores, whichever is higher.