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Iowa Teacher Quality Project

SCALE has partnered with the state of Iowa to implement the Teaching Quality Project (TQP), a statewide program for evaluating teacher effectiveness. Supported by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership program, TQP establishes a system for evaluating teacher candidates during their pre-service stage and follows the ongoing development of teachers during their residency year of induction. By focusing on the evaluation process for new teachers, this approach allows participating universities to follow recent graduates into the classroom to determine the alignment between what was taught in pre-service courses and teachers’ actual instructional practice in the beginning years of teaching.

TQP aims to create embedded signature assessments (ESAs), including rubrics and training systems, to be used by the University of Northern Iowa to evaluate teacher effectiveness. TQP advances the goal of improving statewide teacher quality as articulated in the 2011 Iowa Education Reform Blueprint.

Key Deliverables:

  • Embedded signature assessments will be available for use by institutions of higher education
  • Iowa teacher residency programs will have access to the teacher performance assessment
  • Teacher residency programs will have an enhanced capacity to utilize the performance assessment


Currently in its initial pilot stage, TQP expects to be fully implemented by 2015-16.

For more information, contact SCALE Scholar in Residence Cathy Zozakiewicz.