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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Outcome Scaling

What is Outcome Scaling?

Outcome scaling is an instrument used to evaluate student teachers based on current classroom assessments practice.

The cooperating teacher:

  • Chooses three learning outcomes related to instruction that the student teacher will provide.
  • Chooses assessments to evaluate those learning outcomes.
  • Generates a five point scale based on predicted student achievement on those assessments.
  • Evaluates the students' achievement after the student teacher has completed his or her teaching.

 

The advantages to this instrument are:

  • It provides a unique type of feedback that can be paired with observation of practice.
  • It focuses on student learning in areas other than basic skills, including the arts and higher level thinking.
  • It takes into account differences in schools, students, and curriculum.
  • It utilizing a teacher's expertise in his or her students and curriculum.
 

The goals of the study are to investigate if Outcome Scaling:

  • Accurately reflects differences in the quality of instruction.
  • Is easy to use, and not a burden on cooperating teachers.
  • Is fair.
  • Provides useful information to improve developing teachers.