The College of Education (COE) Educator Preparation Program “has an assessment system that collects and analyzes data on the applicant qualifications, the candidate and graduate performance, and unit operations to evaluate and improve the unit and its programs” (NCATE, 2008).
The COE employs an integrated approach to ensure that the assessment system collects information about a candidates potential and proficiencies related to the conceptual framework, state standards and professional standards, through curriculum alignment. The capacity and effectiveness of the assessment system is evaluated on a regular basis. Data are collected, analyzed, and evaluated to facilitate continuous improvement.
The College of Education (COE) faculty values assessment as an essential part of teaching and learning. Assessment plays a critical role in the Unit’s efforts to improve the performance of teacher candidates and academic programs. The COE collaboratively worked with PK-12 professionals and faculty from other colleges in the university to develop and then refine an assessment system that integrates the conceptual framework, “Enhancing the Future Through Educator Preparation,” and reflects both the state and professional standards of the profession. This system is designed to address the assessment needs of initial and advanced programs of study within the Unit.