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Teachscape and ETS Join Forces to Develop Online Observer Training and Testing System for Teacher Evaluations

Posted Sep 14, 2011
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Teachscape and Educational Testing Service (ETS) have partnered to create the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System. Developed in conjunction with Charlotte Danielson, the developer of the Framework for Teaching, the Proficiency System offers a research-based online solution for training and testing observers to accurately and reliably assess teaching practice.

The Teachscape and ETS partnership stems from the companies' work on the Measure of Effective Teaching (MET) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the project, Teachscape captured video footage of 20,000 lessons from 3,000 classrooms. The systems, tools and methodology for then scoring these classroom lessons relative to the Danielson instructional framework was also developed by Teachscape, in collaboration with Danielson and ETS.

As a result of state and federal policy initiatives and an increasing emphasis on performance-based teacher evaluation systems, there is an urgent need to train observers and provide evidence of their ability to accurately and reliably assess teaching practice, the announcement states. To address this need, the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System offers three components containing more than 15 hours of self-paced online training and more than 100 master-scored videos covering all proficiency ranges for grades K-12.

To learn more about the Framework for Teaching Proficiency System, visit  

Source: Teachscape,

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