Innovative Practices Showcase: Western Washington University — Stephanie Salzman, George “Pinky” Nelson
Spotlight on some of the great things WWU does to prepare teachers. Mr. Nelson encouraged the PESB to raise the passing score on the WEST-E. Ms. Salzman said WWU is excited about the ProCert assessment and plan to use it to help teacher candidates. Mr. Nelson added that they are grateful to OSPI for providing the data for the students in the classrooms of pre-service teachers. Ms. Salzman and Mr. Nelson also spoke to the importance of moving away from teacher preparation programs as “puppy mills,” and really increase quality [Ms. Salzman’s words, not mine].
>>Some questions from PESB members about the high number of elementary education teachers WWU graduates. Ms. Salzman said they analyze data and talk to the state about anticipated need in all areas.<<
Results and Recommendations from the Professional Certificate Portfolio of Evidence Assessment Evaluation Committee — Esther Baker
ETS was the only company to respond to the RFP. The ETS proposal will cost $5.5 million for five years.
>>Representative from Gonzaga University voiced concerns about the assessment, namely it being a high stakes test for teachers, questions about teachers on special assignment and in other duties, and teachers already having a lot on their plates.
>>Some PESB members are concerned about the assessment, and the cost. Jennifer Wallace reminded the board that they have been working on this for some time, and have brought down the cost significantly. And with the new legislative mandate (HB 2261), the board needs to propose an assessment, so if not this, then what? Shannon Lawson said teachers she has worked with have responded positively to the ProCert pilot, and keeping the cost under $500 seems reasonable (some districts offer stipends). Grant Pelesky was the only member to vote against the item.
ETS consultants said they hear the board’s concerns, and plan to work with educators as they develop the assessment.<<