BOX F-6 PATHWISE Induction Program-Praxis III Version Assessment Criteria
Domain A: Organizing Content Knowledge for Student Learning
A1: Becoming familiar with relevant aspects of students’ background knowledge and experiences.
A2: Articulating clear learning goals for the lesson that are appropriate to the students
A3: Demonstrating an understanding of the connections between the content that was learned previously, the current content, and the content that remains to be learned in the future.
A4: Creating or selecting teaching methods, learning activities, and instructional materials or other resources that are appropriate to the students and that are aligned with the goals for the lesson.
A5: Creating or selecting evaluation strategies that are appropriate for the students and that are aligned with the goals of the lesson.
Domain B: Creating an Environment for Student Learning
B1: Creating a climate that promotes fairness
B2: Establishing and maintaining rapport with students
B3: Communicating challenging learning expectations to each student
B4: Establishing and maintaining consistent standards of classroom behavior
B5: Making the physical environment as safe and conducive to learning as possible
Domain C: Teaching for Student Learning
C1: Making learning goals and instructional procedures clear to students
C2: Making content comprehensible to students
C3: Encouraging students to extend their thinking
C4: Monitoring students’ understanding of content through a variety of means, providing feedback to students to assist learning, and adjusting learning activities as the situation demands.
C5: Using instructional time effectively
Domain D: Teacher Professionalism
D1: Reflecting on the extent to which the learning goals were met
D2: Demonstrating a sense of efficacy
D3: Building professional relationship with colleagues to share teaching insights and to coordinate learning activities for students
D4: Communicating with parents or guardians about student learning
SOURCE: Educational Testing Service, 1995c. Used by permission of the author.
Praxis III is a performance assessment designed to measure beginning teachers’ skills in relation to 19 criteria (see Box F-6). The Praxis III assessment uses