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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

General Structure of the Assessment System

The TEU data collection system is designed to align with the Summer/Fall/Spring annual period, paralleling practice in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) PEDS reporting system. Data available for this visit includes two full years of data for the initial/undergraduate programs, Su/F/S 2004-05 and Su/F/S 2005-06; and two semesters of data for advanced/graduate programs under the revised assessment system. A substantial portion of graduate coursework occurs in the summer. Continuous data, such as grades and rubric scores aligned with ND Program Approval Standards, the INTASC Standards, NBPTS, etc. are collected each semester, as the courses in which those assessments are administered are completed. Compliance with continuous criteria such as maintenance of the minimum GPA is reviewed every semester by the CEHS Deanís office and, for graduate programs, monitored by the Graduate Deanís office. Recommendations for administrative action or requests from students move through normal process channels of the TEAC and Graduate Council. Cumulative benchmark data are collected at the specified benchmark points noted in this report under Key Assessments and Benchmarks. Employer surveys are generally administered in the spring of each year. Programs are reviewed at meetings of the TEU Stakeholders Council, the spring and fall MSU Assessment Days and continuously through P&P, P&P Assessment Sub-committee, and departmental meetings. Additional improvements to the electronic data system are being made to allow faculty advisors to enter data directly online through departmental advising sheets that show grades in criteria-related general education, major, and teacher education courses required for the particular degree. This will enable more direct data analysis to triangulate across faculty-generated grades, faculty-generated rubrics, and outside testing data.

The electronic data system is managed by the full-time TEU Accreditation Technology Support Coordinator, who facilitates the data collection across TEU programs and generation of aggregate reports back to program coordinators. An Executive Summary table of undergraduate data is presented in this report as an illustration of aggregate data provided. The Executive Summaries were developed in 2005 to serve as cover sheets for the more extensive reports already provided to program coordinators, chairs and deans, which also include full text of the stated program outcomes and a column for goal setting and action planning. Executive Summaries are provided to TEU Program Coordinators, Chairs, and Deans in two forms: 1) an aggregation of program completers during that period compared to all TEU program completers; and 2) an aggregation of all admitted candidates in the program during that period compared to all admitted TEU candidates. This enables reflection at continuing benchmark points and overall program completion. Similar Executive Summaries will be provided to Graduate Program Directors upon finalization of the common benchmarking for those programs.

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