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Teacher Work Sample

The Teacher Work Sample, the product of a five-year federally funded project focusing on improving teacher quality, is being incorporated into the Sam Houston State University's Initial Teacher Certification Program. The Teacher Work Sample assessment provides credible evidence that is essential for the implementation of a new data-management system for SHSU's Educator Preparation Program.

2010-2011 SHSU TWS Committee:  Dr. Daphne Johnson,Co-Chair, Dr. Melinda Miller,Co-Chair, Dr. Helen Berg, Dr. Marilyn Butler, Dr.Karla Eidson, Dr. Andrea Foster, Dr. Sharon Lynch, Janet Williams.

TWS Exemplars - Renaissance Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality

Brief History and Description of the Teacher Work Sample (Excerpts)

The Teacher Educator, vol. 39, no. 4, Spring 2004

The origins of teacher work sample methodology are consonant with the shift away from the traditional view of educational assessment as objective testing and toward the increased utilization of performance-based assessments (Hambleton, 1996). Within this emerging paradigm, the benefits of portfolio assessment for preservice teachers have been widely documented (e.g., Costantino & Lorenzo, 2002; Bullock & Hawk, 2001; Campbell, Melenyzer, Nettles, & Wyman 2000). Like portfolios, teacher work samples address standards-based instruction, can serve as an alternative measure of student performance, and can be utilized as documentation of “the developing achievement” of preservice teachers (Wolf & Reardon, 1996.). First developed at Western Oregon University in the 1980s, the purpose of teacher work sample methodology is to provide authentic evidence of a minimal level of competency before receiving licensure (Schalock & Myton, 1988).

The University of Northern Iowa’s involvement with the teacher work sample methodology began in association with ten teacher preparation universities belonging to The Renaissance Group are located in California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Renaissance Group utilized the University of Western Oregon’s research, development, and previous experience to develop its own version of the teacher work sample, as part of a 5-year Title II Federal Grant originally funded in 1999 and entitled “The Renaissance Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality.” Completed teacher work samples consist of a description and analysis of a 2-3 week teaching unit, are approximately 20 pages or more in length, and are written in response to the teacher work sample performance prompt. The following sections represent the seven teaching processes:

  • Contextual Factors
  • Learning Goals
  • Assessment Plan
  • Design for Instruction
  • Instructional Decision Making
  • Analysis of Student Learning
  • Reflection and Self-Evaluation

Teacher Work Sample

SHSU TWS PPP Spring 2011

SHSU TWS PPP Fall 2010         SHSU General TWS Information Fall 2007

SHSU Teaching Processes Assessed by the Renaissance Teacher Work Sample

SHSU TWS Support Document Spring 2011

SHSU Lesson Plan Links

SHSU Lesson Plan Template        SHSU Lesson Plan Template Annotated 

SHSU Lesson Plan Assignment

Bloom's Taxonomy 
"Bloom in the Room" - article - TSTA Advocate Dec08

SHSU TWS Format and Cover Page

SHSU TWS Format Instructions        SHSU TWS Cover Page

SHSU TWS Information and Powerpoint Presentation Links

SHSU TWS PPP Spring 2011                 

SHSU TWS Assessment PPP 5Jan09

Analysis of Student Learning Journey 5Jan09

The following links are suggested (not required) tools for addressing the Analysis of Student Learning and the Reflection and Self Evaluation portions of the TWS.

Analysis of Student Learning (ASL) Info           Example Spreadsheet for ASL

ASL Graph Checklist                                     Reflection and Self Evaluation

Tk20 Submission Instructions

Tk20 TWS & DDP Submission Instructions