The teacher preparation program assures that each candidate receives clear and accurate
information about the nature of the pedagogical tasks within the Commission-approved
teaching performance assessment model selected by the program, the passing score standard
adopted by the program, and the opportunities available within the program to prepare
for completing the TPA tasks/activities. The program assures that candidates understand
that all responses to the TPA that are submitted for scoring must represent the candidate’s
own unaided work.
Teacher candidates are required to register for TaskStream in a scheduled registration
session prior to beginning their first fieldwork placement.[ See FAST Manual, p. 53 .] The FAST Manual is electronically stored on that electronic portfolio for easy candidate
access. Included in the Manual is information regarding the passing score standard
and the high-stakes nature of the FAST assessments [ See FAST Manual, p. i .], the alignment of FAST assessments with TPEs and fieldwork requirements [ See FAST Manual, p. 1 .], the protocols and scoring rubrics for each of the four FAST tasks [ See FAST Manual, pp. 3, 9, 15 & 39. ], TaskStream directions [ See FAST Manual, p. 55. ], FAST policies and procedures [ See FAST Manual, p. 61. ], and the full text for the thirteen TPEs. [ See FAST Manual, Appendix A. ]
In addition to the electronic version, students may purchase the Manual at the university
bookstore for a nominal fee. Students in the Multiple Subject Program are introduced
to the contents of the FAST Manual at their program orientation the first week of
class. The supervisors responsible for their first field assignment further review
the components of the FAST Manual in the first few weeks of the semester.
Several documents in the FAST Manual have been revised to assure candidate’s understanding
that the tasks must represent their own unaided work. Those written admonitions will
be verbally stressed when reviewing the FAST Manual documents during Program and FAST
Orientations. [ See Comprehensive Lesson Plan Project cover page revision, FAST Manual; Site Visitation Project cover page revision, FAST Manual; Teaching Sample Project cover page revision, FAST Manual; Holistic Proficiency Project cover page revision, FAST Manual; and Intended Use Policy revision, FAST Manual.)
The program assures that candidates understand and follow the appropriate policies
and procedures to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the K-12 students, teachers,
school sites, school districts, adults, and others who are involved in any of the
components of the TPA tasks/activities.
At the task level, assessment directions call for candidates to avoid the identification
of specific schools, districts, and Master Teachers in their written reports.(See FAST Manual) This directive is given in writing for each assessment and reviewed when the assessment
is reviewed by the supervisor in fieldwork seminars and when students are oriented
to the assessments by the FAST Coordinator. Specific students are identified only
when necessary and then, only by first name or pseudonyms. Written documents are
stored in each candidate’s TaskStream Directed Response Folio and are not available
to anyone other than the candidate, the scorer, KSOEHD Administration on a need-to-know
basis, and the FAST Coordinator. No FAST task requires videotaping or online dissemination.
The program provides timely formative feedback information to candidates on their performance on the TPA. The teacher preparation program provides opportunities for candidates who are not successful on the assessment to receive remedial assistance with respect to the TPEs, and to retake the task/activity up to the specified number of times established by the program. The program only recommends candidates who have met the passing score on the TPA for a preliminary teaching credential.
All FAST assessment tasks are embedded in a fieldwork course. (See FAST Manual) As part of the course syllabus, candidates are made aware of the FAST requirement
for that specific fieldwork course as well as the timeline for submitting the assessment
for evaluation. [ See EHD174 syllabus.] Candidates must earn a passing score on all TPEs/sections evaluated by the particular
assessment in order to pass that fieldwork course; they must successfully pass that
fieldwork course in order to advance in the program. That means that all student
assessments must be scored in a timely manner prior to the end of the semester so
that if a student were to fail any section, he/she could receive remediation and re-take
that non-passed section up to two times before grades are posted for the semester.
The alignment of the FAST tasks with fieldwork and ultimately grades, provides the
proper pressure on both candidate and scorer to maintain the Program timeline in meeting
submission and scorer responsibilities.
Alignment with passing required fieldwork experiences provides important gate-keeping status to the FAST assessments. In the Multiple Subject Program one must pass all parts of the Comprehensive Lesson Plan Project in Phase 1 in order to move on to Phase 2 course and fieldwork. Candidates must then pass all parts of the Site Visitation Project in Phase 2 fieldwork in order to move on to Phase 3, final student teaching. In final student teaching candidates must successfully pass all parts of the Holistic Proficiency Project and the Teaching Sample Project in order to earn credit for final student teaching, a requirement for applying for a preliminary teaching credential. As a special precaution, students print a FAST Report from TaskStream that provides proof of passing each TPE or section evaluated by each of the four tasks and attaches it to their application for a preliminary teaching credential. (See Preliminary Credential Application Directions.) Without that printout, our Credential Analyst will not process their application.
The program provides formative assessment information and performance assessment results
to candidates who successfully complete the TPA in a manner that is usable by the
induction program as one basis for the individual induction plan.
The Director of Field Placement has worked successfully with local BTSA Directors to design a reporting system of FAST data. First, districts are aware that if California State University, Fresno, recent graduates present themselves as applicants holding a Preliminary California Teaching Credential they have passed all required TPAs. Second, each applicant has access through TaskStream to his/her scores for each TPE evaluated by each FAST assessment. Third, each graduate completes with his/her supervisor a Professional Development Plan for BTSA Induction that identifies a self-selected California Standard for the Teaching Profession on which to focus the initial phase of his/her induction period. More specifically, the graduating candidate and his/her supervisor identify two professional growth goals based on the Standards. This form is completed and signed at the final evaluation meeting in final student teaching and available for the graduate to present upon request to the hiring district.[ See Professional Development Plan for BTSA Induction .]