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: Classroom Performance Assessment

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

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