The COE assessment system provides regular and comprehensive data on program quality, unit operations, and candidate performance at each stage of its programs. Unit assessments share a common focus on cultivating highly skilled educational professionals based on professional, national, state and institutional standards as guided by our conceptual framework. Our assessment structure requires initial and advanced candidates demonstrate key proficiencies through multiple assessments at multiple junctures in all programs and scored by program faculty, clinical faculty, and school partners. As a part of the continuous improvement process, data are compiled and stored through TK20, analyzed by faculty, and assessment staff, shared with relevant stakeholders and then used to make program adjustments and innovations that prepare better teachers, leaders and other educational professionals. Our COE Assessment Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of COE assessment policies and practices along with assessment calendars.
Unit assessment activities are developed and implemented at the college level through the COE Assessment Committee led by and composed of COE faculty (who also serve as departmental assessment committee chairs) and relevant resource people This committee meets at least twice monthly to review and analyze unit, program and candidate assessments and to strategize ways to improve COE assessment practices. It also plays a pivotal role in planning semesterly data summits devoted to sharing and further analyzing data from unit and program assessments and considering program changes in response to those data. The four Departmental Assessment Committees meet regularly to monitor data collection and provide ongoing technical assistance regarding assessment to faculty in their respective departments.
As part of our on-going pursuit of continuous improvement, these committees collaborate with faculty and the professional community to regularly evaluate the capacity, effectiveness, and fairness of the COE assessment system.