The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) partnered with Teachscape and the Ohio Department of Education to develop the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA), a performance based assessment of teaching. The RESA responded to Ohio’s state law requiring all new teachers demonstrate teaching proficiency as a prerequisite for obtaining a professional teaching license.
Launched in February 2012, the RESA was a capstone assessment for the Ohio Resident Educator Program, a four-year developmental program for new teachers. The RESA required practicing pre-service teachers to submit for review four classroom lesson observations during their third year in the program. Materials for submission included lesson plans and instructional materials for an instructional cycle with student work samples, evidence of professional growth, and student perception surveys. Candidates who did not initially meet the requirements of RESA had an opportunity to re-submit materials.
SCALE supported RESA through the construction of tasks that measure teacher effectiveness in the area of instruction, planning, and assessment, as well as parent and community engagement. SCALE supported the development of RESA handbooks, rubrics, training/scoring of raters, benchmarking and all implementation support resources. Additionally, SCALE conducted an analysis of the RESA to determine reliability and validity of the assessment system.
- At completion of the project, the Ohio Department of Education will have a validated licensure assessment for practicing teachers to be implemented statewide.