Guide to Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)

Guide to Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)

by Judy Lombardi
     
 

Candidates who first encounter PACT frequently ask, where did it come from? How was PACT created and developed? How will I be evaluated? Guide to PACT: Performance Assessment for California Teachers is the only book that fully addresses these questions and brings together the history, features, research, and applications of PACT, providing

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Overview

Candidates who first encounter PACT frequently ask, where did it come from? How was PACT created and developed? How will I be evaluated? Guide to PACT: Performance Assessment for California Teachers is the only book that fully addresses these questions and brings together the history, features, research, and applications of PACT, providing preservice and inservice teachers with a comprehensive “how-to” for understanding and using PACT effectively.

Guide to PACT: Performance Assessment for California Teachers is an essential primer organized around the topics most frequently asked about PACT, including the research behind it, definitions and descriptions, useful examples of the PACT Teaching Event, academic language, an explanation of how the Teaching Event is scored, and next steps for further study and review. Preservice or student teachers, faculty members, or teacher preparation program administrators will find this helpful overview of the PACT format and features indispensible to their success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780132143141
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Pearson Custom Education Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
110
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Judy Lombardi is an Associate Professor of Secondary Education at California State University. Judy has over 30 years experience teaching in public schools and at the university level. Judy's interests include pre-service teacher training, critical thinking, and brain-based research in education.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Research on Teacher Performance Assessment and PACT

How California Teacher Assessment Reform Began

Research on the PACT Model of Teacher Performance Assessment

How PACT Addresses Research Gaps

How PACT Addresses Assessment Gaps

How PACT Addresses Other Assessment Issues

Research on PACT as a Valid, Reliable Instrument of Teacher Performance

Assessment

What Sets PACT Apart from Other Assessments

Piloting PACT

Testing the Validity of PACT

How Experts Responded to Initial PACT Research

Summary

Chapter 1 Defining PACT

How PACT Was Developed

Origins of the PACT Teaching Event

Selecting the Teaching Event as the PACT Centerpiece

Construction and Scoring of the PACT Teaching Event

What PACT Measures

How PACT Data Are Used

Research that Supports the PACT Design

Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs) in PACT

Differences Between Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs) and

Regular Classroom Assignments

Examples of Embedded Signature Assessments (ESAs)

California’s Alternate TPAs

The CalTPA (California Teacher Performance Assessment)

How the CalTPA Became Required by State Law

New Program Standards and the TPA

How PACT and CalTPA Differ

California Teacher Preparation Programs That Do Not Use PACT

How Multiple Subject (Elementary) and Single Subject (Secondary) Differ in

PACT

The TPEs (Teaching Performance Expectations)

A Quick Overview of the TPEs

How the California TPEs Were Developed

Institutions Outside California Currently Using PACT

PACT and Special Education

PACT and Bilingual Education

How PACT Aligns with State Standards and Teacher Preparation Programs

No Child Left Behind and PACT

Additional Requirements for Teacher Licensure in California

Summary

Chapter 2: The PACT Teaching Event

Five Required Tasks of the Teaching Event

A Quick Overview of the Five Tasks in the Teaching Event

A Quick Overview of the Teaching Event Requirements Aligned to the

Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

More Information on Academic Language

Subjects Available for PACT Teaching Events in Multiple Subject

(Elementary) and Single Subject (Secondary)

Purpose of the Teaching Event Handbooks

Formats for Submitting the Teaching Event

Samples of Completed Teaching Events

Support Provided to Teacher Candidates in Completing the Teaching Event

Unacceptable Support in Completing the Teaching Event

The Unified Learning Segment in PACT Teaching Event

Submitting the Unified Learning Segment

How the Unified Learning Segment Prompts Vary by Subject and Grade Level

Video Clip Requirements for the PACT Instruction Task

Videotaping Support for Candidates

Confidentiality of Videotaped Classroom Students

Differences in Video Clips Among Subjects and Grade Levels

Uploading a Lesson Plan to an Electronic/Digital Platform

The PACT Teaching Event and Electronic Portfolio Management Systems

Evaluation and Scoring of the PACT Teaching Event

Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Teaching Event

Summary

Chapter 3: Understanding Academic Language

The Role of Academic Language in the PACT Teaching Event

Challenges in Teaching Academic Language

Examples of Academic Language vs. Simplified Language

How Experts Define and Describe Academic Language

Why Students Struggle with Academic Language

Academic Language Strategies for Candidates in the PACT Teaching Event

Questions about Academic Language Candidates Must Address

Examples of Candidate Responses to Academic Language in the Teaching Event

Brief Analysis of Vignettes

Assisting Candidates with Academic Language

Summary

Chapter 4: Scoring the PACT Teaching Event

The 12 Areas of the PACT Rubric

Using the 12 Items of the PACT Scoring Form in Multiple and Single Subjects

Remediation Opportunities for Candidates Who Do Not Pass PACT

Appeals Procedure for Candidates Who Do Not Pass the Teaching Event

Training PACT Scorers

Defining Levels 1-4 on the PACT Teaching Event Scoring Form

The Big Ideas Behind the Rubric

Additional Information in the Scoring Form

Numerical Scores and Commentary in the Scoring Form

Examples of Candidates’ Scores Level 1-4 from the Teaching Event

Brief Analysis of Vignettes

The Role of Bias in Scoring the Teaching Event

Acquiring the PACT Teaching Event Scoring Form

Research Basis for the PACT Scoring Form

Summary

Chapter 5: Next Steps

Additional Issues for Further Study

Summary

Appendix A: The Big Ideas Behind the Rubrics

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