Study Group

Teacher Assessment: ProTeach

As part of greater reform efforts around teacher licensure, PESB has contracted with Educational Testing Services (ETS) to create an assessment of effective teaching called ProTeach. This assessment is neither subject nor grade-level specific. ETS has committed over $5.5 million in development for the new assessment.

The final composite score of ProTeach will be used to award Washington’s Professional Certificate. For teachers working on Washington’s Residency Certificate – this includes all new teachers – the Professional Certificate is mandatory. Those who do not attain the certificate will lose their credential to teach in Washington.

The primary purpose of the ProTeach assessment is to identify effective teachers. PESB is requesting a $150,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to hire an outside expert to analyze the ProTeach assessment’s signal within student academic success measured by the state’s broadband student tests.

The project is designed to answer four clear and direct questions:

1) How much, if any, of the variation in student achievement attributable to teachers is captured by the ProTeach composite score?

2) Are there ways to re-weight the twelve subcategories of the ProTeach assessment so they capture more of the variance in student achievement?

3) Does the proposed ProTeach pass/fail cutline capture teachers that are less effective measured by student achievement?

4) Is the composite score differentially predictive for student subgroups, grade levels, or subjects?

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.