Urban Teachers delivers a performance commitment to its district and school partners: program participants are recommended for full professional teaching credentials only after they have successfully completed the first three years of the Urban Teachers program and demonstrated effective teaching.
Throughout the course of the program, Urban Teachers assesses participants on their coursework performance and teaching practice. Where possible, Urban Teachers also collects student achievement gains of our fellow’s students, using the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. School partners also provide Urban Teachers with feedback on their residents’ and teachers’ performance that may get factored into assessing participants’ standing in the program.
TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS EVALUATION:
At the end of Program Year 3, Urban Teachers assesses whether each participant has met the effectiveness standard required for teacher certification. Urban Teachers combines teaching practice and student achievement gains data (where available) to generate a summative score. This score is compared to the effectiveness standard as the basis for Urban Teachers’ decision to recommend full certification. In situations where student gains data is unavailable, such fellows are evaluated only on their teaching practice performance. If Urban Teachers does not recommend a participant for certification, Urban Teachers will dismiss the participant from the program.
Urban Teachers participants must master the classroom skills and abilities necessary to become highly skilled classroom teachers. Participants are coached and evaluated on specific indicators within the TPR throughout the first three program years. By the end of Program Year 3, it is expected that participants should be demonstrating effective teaching practices by scoring as “proficient” (average score of 3.0) on the Accountable Teaching Practices (ATPs).
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 these data are available. Student achievement gains are calculated from pre- and post-test scores on the NWEA MAP assessment, 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.
NWEA automatically generates extensive student reports, which map individual student scores 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 these 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 a participant’s students with students in other urban districts. Urban Teachers then categorizes student gains on a 1 to 4 scale (“far below”, “below”, “meets”, or “exceeds”), using the confidence interval of the point estimate, in order to account for imprecision.