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Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) has 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 responds 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 is a capstone assessment for the Ohio Resident Educator Program, a four-year developmental program for new teachers. The RESA requires practicing pre-service teachers to submit for review four classroom lesson observations during their third year in the program. Materials for submission include lesson plans and instructional materials for an instructional cycle with student work samples, evidence of professional growth, and student perception surveys. Candidates who do not initially meet the requirements of RESA have an opportunity to re-submit materials.

SCALE supports 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 supports the development of RESA handbooks, rubrics, training/scoring of raters, benchmarking and all implementation support resources. Additionally, SCALE is conducting an analysis of the RESA to determine reliability and validity of the assessment system.

Key Deliverables:

  • At completion of the project, the Ohio Department of Education will have a validated licensure assessment for practicing teachers to be implemented statewide.


The RESA is entering the second year of development and will be operational in the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information, contact SCALE Research Director Ruth Chung Wei.