Intern Performance Assessment (IPA)
Based on the Georgia Extended Framework for Teaching
This assessment is to be used by interns and college supervisors for a final summative
evaluation of the year-long internship experience.
The goal of the teacher education program at Piedmont College is to promote the development of scholarly, reflective, and proactive practitioners. The performance criteria are adapted from the Georgia Extended Framework for Teaching which has been adopted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and State Board of Education as an integrated set of performance standards for the preparation, induction, assessment, development, and support for teachers along a continuum of career growth. Indicators derived from the literature on best practice for teaching and learning are assessed. Ratings for each indicator (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.) by the evaluator are to be determined based on the quality of the evidence demonstrated by the intern throughout her/his internship experience, not on just one or two observations. Evidence should be factual. It may include assessments of interactions between the intern and students; artifacts prepared by the intern, students, or others; assessments of teaching and classroom management; observations of professional interactions with colleagues and administrators; etc. The evidence is not clouded with personal opinion or biases. It is selected using professional judgment. The ratings should not be based on expectations for future performance but on actual evidence of current performance. The following guidelines should be used for the ratings:
Keep in mind that “no level is negative, ‘bad practice,’ or deficit; rather, each level illustrates variations in teachers’ practice” (www.teacherbridge.org). The levels are not intended to describe a fixed development sequence over time. Basic reflects initial practice, beginning as a teacher. Advanced reflects solid teaching. Interns who perform at the advanced level will most likely have had additional experiences, often prior to internship, such as being a paraprofessional, working in after school programs, tutoring, volunteer work, etc. which have added depth and breadth to their study in the field. Accomplished reflects solid teaching that extends toward that of a Nationally Board Certified teacher, one who demonstrates superior performance in the classroom.
A candidate could demonstrate minimal work on one indicator, adequate on another, effective on another, and exceptional on another. The following is a sample of how a graduate student teacher could be evaluated for DOMAIN I: CONTENT AND CURRICULUM.
1.1 Knowledge Base
Please reference the full descriptors with accompanying Sample Evidence listings on the full Georgia Extended Framework document located on the Piedmont School of Education website under "Assessments & Surveys". Also available at www.gapsc.com.
Indicator Partially Demonstrated
DOMAIN 1: CONTENT AND CURRICULUM
The teacher candidate demonstrates a strong knowledge of content area(s) appropriate for certification levels.
BASIC: Demonstrates knowledge of major concepts in assigned content areas.
ADVANCED: Demonstrates knowledge of major concepts and assumptions essential to the content area(s) assigned to teach.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates knowledge of content, major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing that are central to the subject(s) taught.
1.2 Knowledge of Content Learning
BASIC: Adapts content and teaching to meet observed learner needs.
ADVANCED: Understands and uses subject specific content and pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach their subjects, Lee Shulman, 1987).
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of and ability to utilize subject-specific content and pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach the subjects) that is appropriate for the diverse learners taught.
1.3 Content Currency
BASIC: Builds teaching on a strong and current foundation in the content area(s) he/she teaches.
ADVANDED: Stays current in subject area(s) and participates in professional growth activities as engaged learners and/or performers in the field.
ACCOMPLISHED: Remains current in subject areas as engaged learners and/or performers in the field.
1.4 Content Relevancy
BASIC: Relates content to everyday lives of students.
ADVANCED: Relates content to students’ lives and to one or more other areas of the curriculum.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to relate content area(s) to other subject areas and establish connections to everyday life.
1.5 Use of Resources
BASIC: Uses available resources, including technology, to learn more about content area(s).
ADVANCED: Constantly updates and expands resources he/she uses including technology, to continue to learn about content area(s).
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to carefully select and use a wide variety of resources, including available technology, to deepen personal knowledge in the content area(s).
1.6 Curriculum Requirements
BASIC: Follows state and local curriculum requirements.
ADVANCED: Understands and uses state and local curriculum requirements.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to interpret and construct school curriculum that reflects state and national content standards.
DOMAIN 2: KNOWLEDGE OF STUDENT AND LEARNING
The teacher candidate supports the intellectual, social, physical, and personal development of all students.
BASIC: Demonstrates a belief that all students can learn.
ADVANCED: Holds high expectations and supports the learning of all students.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates a belief that all children can learn at high levels and hold high expectations for all.
2.2 Learning Theory
BASIC: Understands and uses basic theories of learning to create productive classroom instruction.
ADVANCED: Demonstrates ongoing and increasing knowledge of how students learn as individuals and groups.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding for how learning occurs in general and in the content areas (e.g., how diverse learners construct knowledge, acquire skills and develop habits of mind).
BASIC: Communicates respect for and develops rapport with all students.
ADVANCED: Identifies, creates, and uses strategies for identifying students’ varied needs: physical, social, emotional, moral, and intellectual.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates sensitivity, alertness, and responsiveness to all aspects of a child’s well being.
2.4 Use of Data
BASIC: Analyzes student data both independently and with colleagues.
ADVANCED: Uses student data from both inside and outside the school to support student learning.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of how factors in environments inside and outside of school may influence students’ lives and learning.
BASIC: Identifies students’ stages of development, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and areas of exceptionality and, with help, begins to develop and use a repertoire of strategies to accommodate individual needs.
ADVANCED: Differentiates instruction to meet the individual needs of all students.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to adapt work based on students’ stages of development, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and area of exceptionality.
BASIC: Communicates with families regarding student progress through required school and district procedures.
ADVANCED: Interacts with students and their families in a positive and professional manner including suggestions to improve performance.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to establish respectful and productive relationships with families and seeks to develop cooperative partnerships in support of student learning and well-being.
DOMAIN 3: LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
The teacher candidate creates learning environments that encourage positive social interaction,
active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
3.1 Learning Environments
BASIC: Creates a learning environment in which students can learn both independently and collaboratively.
ADVANCED: Creates a learning environment in which students accept responsibility for their own learning and respect the learning needs of others.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to create a learning community in which students assume responsibility, participate in decision making, and work both collaboratively and independently.
3.2 Classroom Organization
BASIC: Organizes and manages time, space, activities, technology, software, and other resources necessary for providing learning activities for students.
ADVANCED: Organizes, allocates, and manages time, space, activities, technology, software, and other resources to increase active engagement of students in learning activities.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to organize, allocate, and manage time, space, activities, technology and other resources to provide active and equitable engagement of diverse students in productive tasks.
3.3 Classroom Management
BASIC: Understands the importance of, explores options for, and builds a functional plan for classroom management.
ADVANCED: Practices effective classroom management strategies.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of and the ability to implement effective classroom management.
BASIC: Seeks, uses, and refines strategies for motivating learners.
ADVANCED: Implements strategies for organizing and supporting student learning that are based on human motivation and behavior.
ACCOMPLISHED: Recognizes the value of and uses knowledge about human motivation and behavior to develop strategies for organizing and supporting student learning.
3.5 Cultural Responsiveness
BASIC: Takes steps toward creating a culturally responsive classroom.
ADVANCED: Practices sensitivity to students’ cultures, experiences, and communities in all aspects of teaching.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates a sensitivity to and uses knowledge of students’ unique cultures, experiences, and communities to sustain a culturally responsive classroom.
3.6 Local Resources
BASIC: Learns about and uses resources specific to the school, district, and community.
ADVANCED: Accesses and becomes involved with school, district, and community resources as an integral part of teaching.
ACCOMPLISHED: Accesses school, district, and community resources in order to foster
students’ learning and well-being.
3.7 Communication Techniques
BASIC: Develops appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster supportive learning-based interactions in the classroom.
ADVANCED: Expands on his/her repertoire of verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to use effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
DOMAIN 4: ASSESSMENT
The teacher candidate understands and uses a range of formal and informal assessment strategies to
evaluate and ensure the continuous development of all learners.
BASIC: Has a basic understanding of assessment and measurement theory.
ADVANCED: Uses measurement theory to make instructional decisions and connections among different types of assessments.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of measurement theory and the characteristics, uses, and issues of different types of assessments.
BASIC: Collects and uses pre-assessment data to select student learning goals.
ADVANCED: Collects and uses pre-assessment data to select or design appropriate student learning goals.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to use pre-assessment data to select or design clear, significant, varied and appropriate student learning goals.
4.3 Formative & Summative Assessment
BASIC: Uses formative and summative assessments at appropriate points in the learning process.
ADVANCED: Demonstrates a growing awareness of the connections between classroom-based assessment methods and instructional decisions.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to choose, develop and use classroom-based assessment methods appropriate for instructional decisions.
4.4 Student Self-assessment
BASIC: Identifies students’ learning needs and provides students with goals for learning.
ADVANCED: Involves learners in self-assessment and personal goal setting.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to involve learners in self-assessment, helping them become aware of their strengths and needs and encouraging them to set personal goals for learning.
4.5 Equitable Grading
BASIC: Develops and implements consistent, fair, and accurate grading procedures.
ADVANCED: Develops grading procedures that are aligned with actual student learning.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to develop and use valid, equitable grading procedures based on student learning.
4.6 Communicating Student Progress
BASIC: Reports student progress to students, families, and administrators using required procedures.
ADVANCED: Examines assessment data for evidence of student progress and communicates findings to students, families, colleagues, and administrators.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to use assessment data to communicate student progress knowledgeably and responsibly to students, parents, and other school personnel.
4.7 Record Keeping
BASIC: Uses required resources to keep accurate and up-to-date records and reports of student work and behavior.
ADVANCED: Uses required resources, including available technology/software, to keep accurate and up-to-date records of student work, behavior, and accomplishments (at proficient level).
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to use resources, including available technology to keep accurate and up-to-date records of student work, behavior, and accomplishments.
DOMAIN 5: PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION
The teacher candidate designs and creates instructional experiences based on his/her knowledge of
content and curriculum, students, learning environments, and assessment.
5.1 Rationales for Teaching Choices
BASIC: Locates, comprehends, and builds rationales from curriculum guides, other applicable documents, and experienced colleagues.
ADVANCED: Develops rationales for his/her instructional choices and uses them appropriately.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to articulate clear and defensible rationales for the choices of curriculum materials and instructional strategies.
5.2 Standards-based Planning & Instruction
BASIC: Plans and implements instruction based on state and local performance standards.
ADVANCED: Builds a complex understanding of planning that grows out of standards and includes increasingly integrated knowledge of content and curriculum, students, learning environments, and assessment.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to plan and carry out instruction based upon knowledge of content standards, curriculum, students, learning environments, and assessment.
5.3 Instructional Strategies
BASIC: Selects and varies instructional strategies, assessing their impact on student engagement and learning.
ADVANCED: Selects and varies instructional strategies based on knowledge of the specific learners in a classroom in order to engage all students.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of and the ability to use a variety of instructional strategies appropriately to maintain student engagement and support the learning of all students.
5.4 Monitor & Adjust Teaching
BASIC: Observes students closely and begins to discover how adjustments in teaching can impact learning.
ADVANCED: Attends to students as learners and adjusts strategies as needed.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to monitor and adjust strategies in response to learner feedback.
5.5 Teaching Roles
BASIC: Explores teaching roles to discover appropriate approaches for assigned students.
ADVANCED: Varies teaching roles to maintain teacher and student interest.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to vary teacher roles in the instructional process (e.g., instructor, facilitator, coach, audience) in relation to the content and purposes of instruction and the needs of students.
5.6 Variety of Resources
BASIC: Assesses individual learners’ needs and seeks resources to improve instruction and learning.
ADVANCED: Develops a repertoire of resources, materials, and technology/software to enhance instruction and learning for all students.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to use appropriate resources, materials, and technology to enhance instruction for diverse learners.
5.7 Collaborative Planning
BASIC: Learns to work and plans productively as part of a team, grade level, and/or department group.
ADVANCED: Plans with others to create coherent experiences to enhance student learning.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to value and engage in planning as a collegial activity.
DOMAIN 6: PROFESSIONALISM
The teacher candidate recognizes, participates in, and contributes to teaching as a profession.
6.1 Professional Knowledge
BASIC: Learns basic information about the history, ethics, organization, and practices of education.
ADVANCED: Observes, inquires, learns more about, and makes connections among the history, ethics, politics, organization, and practices of education.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to continually examine and extend knowledge of the history, ethics, politics, organization, and practices of education.
6.2 Legal Awareness
BASIC: Learns about, locates resources for, and follows laws related to rights and responsibilities of students, educators, and families.
ADVANCED: Abides by laws related to rights and responsibilities of students, educators, and families.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates an understanding of and the ability to implement laws related to rights and responsibilities of students, educators, and families.
BASIC: Adheres to state and local Codes of Ethics, including school and district policies, in both professional and personal settings, and models ethical behavior for students.
ADVANCED: Understands, follows, and supports state and local Codes of Ethics, including school and district policies, and involves students in studying ethical behavior.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to follow established codes of professional conduct, including school and district policies.
6.4 Reflect on Teaching
BASIC: Reflects on teaching practice and begins to examine the connections to student learning.
ADVANCED: Reflects on teaching practice in order to improve student learning.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to systematically reflect on teaching and learning to improve professional practice.
BASIC: Self-assesses teaching strengths and areas for improvement, seeking and using guidance from mentors and instructional leaders in order to improve in key areas.
ADVANCED: Continues learning in a variety of ways and actively seeks opportunities for professional improvement.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to actively seek opportunities to learn based upon reflection, input from others, and career goals.
6.6 Educational Advocate
BASIC: Works through appropriate channels to seek answers to questions, voice concerns, explore ideas, and speak out about issues that matter to him/her and his/her students.
ADVANCED: Explores and establishes appropriate and meaningful ways to advocate for improved curriculum, instruction, learning environments and opportunities that support the diverse needs of learners.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to actively advocate for curriculum instruction, learning environments, and opportunities that support the diverse needs of and high expectations for all students.
BASIC: Accepts entry-level leadership roles (e.g., clubs, special topics, coaching) with support of identified mentors, administrators, coaches, and facilitators.
ADVANCED: Expands leadership and support roles and works productively as part of a school team.
ACCOMPLISHED: Demonstrates the ability to actively assume leadership and support roles as part of a school team.