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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Office of Assessment

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What is new with the Neag School of Education Office of Assessment? Listed below are current activities. If you wish to know what has happened in the past, check the archives below.

Colloquium Announcement: An Analysis of the Policy, Research, and Legal Issues Surrounding the Exclusion of Charter Schools from the Teacher Evaluation Revolution

Presenter: Preston Green, John and Carla Klein Professor of Urban Education Professor of Education and Law at UConn
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 11:30-1:30 (includes free lunch)
Location: 144 Gentry; UConn's Neag School of Education; 249 Glenbrook Road; Storrs, CT 06269

This presentation examines the policy, research, and legal issues surrounding the possible exclusion of charter schools from the teacher evaluation revolution. The first part discusses why states are now changing their teacher evaluation systems. The second part examines federal and state policies regarding the application of the new teacher evaluation policies to charter schools. The third part discusses the research surrounding teacher evaluation practices in charter schools. The final part analyzes the legal implications of excluding charter schools from these new teacher evaluation systems.

Click here to register for the event.

Click here to access the PowerPoint from this presentation.

Neag School's Stud/Fac Assessment Research Awards

Congratulations graduate students Caroline Thompson, Christopher Wenz, and Kelly Nelson. Also, congratulations to Michele Femc-Bagwell, Rachael Gabriel, and Morgaen Donaldson.

I am very pleased to announce these individuals will be receiving the Neag School of Education’s 2014 Student/Faculty Assessment Research Award for the winter and the spring semester of 2014.

For more information, contact: Mary Yakimowski/Assessment at mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu

Last reminder: School-wide Alumni Survey

Our school-wide alumni survey (assessing 5 years of alumni) will be sent out the end of the 2ndweek in November. The survey has four components:

Part A: Perspectives of their education

Part B: Employment information

Part C: Background Information

Part D: Program/concentration-specific information

Parts A through C have been developed by our Neag Assessment Committee. If your program/concentration-specific questions to be posed in Part D, be sure that Mary Y. has them by November 5.  You can access the survey used last at this link:http://uconn.checkboxonline.com/demo.aspx to see this draft survey.

For more information, contact: Mary Yakimowski at mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu

Deadline: Assessment Research Award Announcement

Application/Deadline: Applications (both Faculty and Student applications) must be submitted by 4:00 pm on October 30, 2013. Awards will be made by November 10. Send application to: Gentry, 340A or mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu.

The Neag School of Education’s Office of Assessment is examining career paths of educational professionals over the past 10 years in Connecticut school districts. The Office will be giving awards for assessment research on this topic. This award is specifically designed for students who are in the first three years of a graduate program in the School of Education, CLAS, and/or Agriculture. It is intended to allow students to appreciate and conduct assessment research in education in a semi-structured situation and to develop the skills needed to engage in further research projects.

Interested students must submit their proposals with a faculty member.

Students will spend about 10 hours per week working on an assessment project during the end of the fall semester and in the spring semester. Students will be helped at this time by the director of assessment. In the spring semester further assistance will be provided by a faculty specialist.

Funding: Student apprentices will receive a $2,000 award in addition to credit for an independent study. Faculty specialists will receive a $750 travel award.

As an overview, in the winter intersession, the students will work on refining a review of literature in a designated field (for example, Elementary Education; Secondary English, Math, Science, and Social Studies; K-12 Foreign Language, Agriculture Ed, Music, Special Education; school psychology, school counseling, school administration). The focus of the review of literature will be “attrition” in the field, but the scope may be limited (for example, delving into urban communities). In January and February, students will write up the methods section and analyze all of the data which is provided to them. From February through April, the results and discussion sections will be written and a PowerPoint and Poster will be developed. By engaging in this process, awarded students will have the opportunity to experience an assessment research project from beginning to end on the topic of attrition. This experience may also give students ideas for continued research on this topic for a thesis and/or doctoral dissertation.

It is also the intent of this project that the “team” (as described below) will present the results at a conference and/or publish the results in a journal. As such, an IRB will be developed as part of this process.

Teams: The three-party team will include the Director of Assessment, the supporting faculty specialist, and the student apprentice. The student apprentice and specialist will apply jointly for the award. Faculty members can encourageand recruit student apprentices.

Student/Faculty Assessment Research Award Application

Winter-Spring 2014

Student Name:

Faculty Specialist Name:

Part A: The following field(s) interest. (Select from:Elementary Education; Secondary English, Math, Science, and Social Studies; k-12 Foreign Language, Agriculture Ed, Music, Special Education; school psychology, school counseling, school administrator; you can also limited the field [elementary assistant principal, elementary teacher in urban environment])

First choice:

Second choice:

Third Choice:

Part B: Student self-assessment. To assist with the planning, please self-assess from “1” – “Do not know where to begin” to “5” – “an expertise”

1.    Finding journal articles from our library

2.    Writing a review of literature

3.    Fully understanding the writing process

4.    Analyzing quantitative data

5.    Developing a PowerPoint

6.    Using Excel to conduct analyses

7.    Developing a poster electronically

Part C: Student’s one paragraph of how this award will benefit him/her:

Part D: Sign offs

§  Student signature:

§  Faculty specialist signature:

For more information, contact: Mary Yakimowski/Assessment at mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu

PAR Winning Department Is ...

With the leadership of the Neag Assessment Committee (NAC), we now implement our school's PAR (Program/Concentration) Assessment Reporting system to meet the university's accreditation requirement for the New England Accrediation for Schools an Colleges, which annually requires an assessment plan for each program/concentration's to be submitted which includes the mission, goals for student learning, objectives for student learning, measures, actual data, and what will be done based upon this data for program/concentration improvement.

The 2012-2013 plan was due on October 10. If your program has not submitted the plan yet, please do so.

At the October faculty/staff meeting, it was announcement that two awards would be given. The first one would be given to the department that had the highest percent of programs/concentrations that submitted plans on-time. The second would be a raffle for programs/concentations that submitted a plan on time.

Today we are announcing the department that won; tomorrow we are announcing the program that won.

The PAR Departmental Award for the 2012-2013is ... the Department of Education Psychology. This department had almost 100% of the programs/concentrations enter their plans on time. A big "thank you" to the following programs: CILT, Sp Ed, Sch Couns, G&T, and School Psych. The department chair - Del - will receive 10 scratch tickets prior to the department meeting in November. Congratulations folks!

For more information, contact: Mary Yakimowski/Assessment at mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu

Assessment Research Award Announcement

The Neag School of Education’s Office of Assessment is examining career paths of educational professionals over the past 10 years in Connecticut school districts. The Office will be giving awards for assessment research on this topic. This award is specifically designed for students who are in the first three years of a graduate program in the School of Education, CLAS, and/or Agriculture. It is intended to allow students to appreciate and conduct assessment research in education in a semi-structured situation and to develop the skills needed to engage in further research projects.

Interested students must submit their proposals with a faculty member.

Students will spend about 10 hours per week working on an assessment project during the end of the fall semester and in the spring semester. Students will be helped at this time by the director of assessment. In the spring semester further assistance will be provided by a faculty specialist.

Funding: Student apprentices will receive a $2,000 award in addition to credit for an independent study. Faculty specialists will receive a $750 travel award.

As an overview, in the winter intersession, the students will work on refining a review of literature in a designated field (for example, Elementary Education; Secondary English, Math, Science, and Social Studies; K-12 Foreign Language, Agriculture Ed, Music, Special Education; school psychology, school counseling, school administration). The focus of the review of literature will be “attrition” in the field, but the scope may be limited (for example, delving into urban communities). In January and February, students will write up the methods section and analyze all of the data which is provided to them. From February through April, the results and discussion sections will be written and a PowerPoint and Poster will be developed. By engaging in this process, awarded students will have the opportunity to experience an assessment research project from beginning to end on the topic of attrition. This experience may also give students ideas for continued research on this topic for a thesis and/or doctoral dissertation.

It is also the intent of this project that the “team” (as described below) will present the results at a conference and/or publish the results in a journal. As such, an IRB will be developed as part of this process.

Teams: The three-party team will include the Director of Assessment, the supporting faculty specialist, and the student apprentice. The student apprentice and specialist will apply jointly for the award. Faculty members can encourageand recruit student apprentices.

Application/Deadline: Applications (both Faculty and Student applications) must be submitted by 4:00 pm on October 30, 2013. Awards will be made by November 10.

Student/Faculty Assessment Research Award Application

Winter-Spring 2014

Student Name:

Faculty Specialist Name:

Part A: The following field(s) interest. (Select from:Elementary Education; Secondary English, Math, Science, and Social Studies; k-12 Foreign Language, Agriculture Ed, Music, Special Education; school psychology, school counseling, school administrator; you can also limited the field [elementary assistant principal, elementary teacher in urban environment])

o   First choice:

o   Second choice:

o   Third Choice:

Part B: Student self-assessment. To assist with the planning, please self-assess from “1” – “Do not know where to begin” to “5” – “an expertise”

4.    Finding journal articles from our library?

5.    Writing a review of literature

6.    Fully understanding the writing process

7.    Analyzing quantitative data

8.    Developing a PowerPoint

9.    Using Excel to conduct analyses

10.  Developing a poster electronically

Part C:Student’s one paragraph of how this award will benefit him/her:

Part D: Sign offs

o   Student signature:

o   Faculty specialist signature:

For more information, contact: Mary Yakimowski/Assessment at mary.yakimowski@uconn.edu

NEAG Digest Archived News Postings From Fall 2013

Social Studies Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/31/13)

Science teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/31/13)

Elementary Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths
(10/7/13)

Who's Who: CT English/LA Teachers (10/7/13)

School Psychologists: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/7/13)

Foreign Language Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/413)

Music Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/3/13)

Who's Who: CT Foreign Language Teachers (10/3/13)

English/LA Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/2/13)

Principals: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/2/13)

Who's Who: CT Bilingual Teachers (10/2/13)

PRAXIS II Results (10/1/13)

Bilingual Teachers: Characteristics & Career Paths (10/1/13)

Common Exit Results - Sch Psych (10/1/13)

Graduating Class of 2013 Information (9/24/13)

Program/Concentration Assessment Report Due Oct 10 (9/12/13)

Neag School of Education Study Approval Process (9/10/13)

Archived Spotlight on Assessment Newsletters