Monday, August 2, 2010

Model teaching: a new draft of core standards is out for comment

The draft Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue is available for public comment.

Who created the draft? It's from the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), an effort of the Council of Chief State School Officers, with committee members nominated by many national education groups (all listed on page 2 of the document). The work was funded by the National Education Association, the Educational Testing Service, and Pearson's Evaluation Systems group.

Why was it created? It's an update to INTASC’s 1992 Model Standards for Beginning Teacher Licensing and Development: A Resource for State Dialogue.  The update effort aims to describe standards of professional practice not just for beginning teachers but as a continuum for development over the course of careers.  Compared to the earlier effort, this version adds deeper attention to use of assessment data to shape instruction and to the "explosion of diversity of learners today," as well as other changes.

How will it be used? After revision based on comments, the final version "is to serve as a resource for states, districts, professional organizations, teacher education programs, and others as they develop policies and programs to prepare, license, support, evaluate, and reward today’s teachers."  That's good language for CCSSO isn't going to decide that, but hopes many different groups will use it as a starting point for many kinds of constructive work.

How can the draft be improved? Download it here to read the 22 pages of text (not counting covers and table of contents), and then respond here to the survey seeing broad responses from the field.

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