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Teacher Standards and their relevance for Teacher Evalaution

Author: Trisha Fyfe

In this course, students review the connection between professional teacher standards and the teacher evlaution process

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Welcome. I'm Trisha Fyfe. And in today's video lesson, we will look at the lesson titled Teacher Standards and Their Relevance for Teacher Evaluation.

As we learn about this topic, we will work towards one main learning objective, and we'll use the following question to guide our learning in this video lesson. What is the connection between professional teacher standards and the teacher evaluation process?

Let's start off by talking about the role that teacher evaluation and standards play. Teacher quality can be assessed with the use of professional teacher standards, and this becomes a piece to the teacher certification process. This is the case in states like Connecticut, where teachers are required to pass both content and practice assessments. In these states, teacher quality is of utmost importance to this process.

According to Linda Darling-Hammond, a Professor of Education at Stanford, the development and use of standards based evaluations and practice, combined with student learning evidence developed by teachers, seems to be associated with improvements in practice. These teacher standards are used to create rubrics for evaluation purposes, and they're used when assessing in teacher practices, and even in the process of national board teacher certification.

In 2011, that Council for Chief State School Officers published the InTASC model core teacher standards. These are the core set of professional teacher standards grouped into four domains and eight standards. The No Child Left Behind Act and Elementary and Secondary Education Act both require components of teacher evaluation to help measure teacher quality. And in this model core teacher standards, they are a large part of these required standards.

They are also an important part of the Danielson model and the Marzano model rubrics, and domains means in several states' professional teaching standards. Let's take a look at the standards. Here are the four domains, with the standards listed below each domain for the InTASC model core teacher standards. Take some time to look over these four different domains, and the standards numbers 1 through 10 listed below.

As a teacher, you know the importance of the National Board teacher standards. This certification plays a huge role in development of specific standards. Becoming nationally board certified is one way that teachers can opt out or improve their area of expertise. The process of becoming certified by the National Board encourages teachers to be reflective, and this helps teachers to become more aware and intentional of the standards that they use in their own teaching. In turn upon certification, these teachers are deemed highly effective in that area.

While the teaching standards are similar to the InTASC standards, as well as some state standards, the National Board has their own set of teaching standards. Some teachers may choose to use National Board certification processes to meet requirements, such as their professional growth and development growth goals and evidence.

Regardless of the reason behind the certification, research in the field of education leads us to believe that teachers who do in fact, have the National Board certification have higher levels of student achievement than teachers who do not have this National Board certification.

Let's talk about what makes up the standards. There are 25 certification areas available, and the standards vary because of the various areas. But underlying all of the standards are five core propositions. These propositions include number 1, teachers are committed to students and their learning. Number 2, teachers know the subjects they teach, and how to teach those subjects to students. Proposition 3, teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. Number 4, teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience. And finally, number 5, teachers are members of learning communities.

Let's talk about what we learned today. We looked at the following question, what is the connection between professional teacher standards and the teacher evaluation process? In this lesson we looked at the role of teacher evaluation in standards. Not only can teacher quality be assessed, but assessments and rubrics can be developed using these standards. We discussed the InTASC model for core teacher standards, as well as the National Board certification, and the standards that come into play for this certification.

Now that you're more familiar with these concepts, let's reflect. Do you believe that teacher evaluations that include standards and evidence of student learning are essential for teachers' improvement in practice? Why or why not?

Thanks for joining me today in discussing the lesson Teacher Standards and their Relevance for Teacher Evaluation. Now it's your turn to apply what you've learned in this video. The Additional Resources section will be super helpful. This section is designed to help you discover useful ways to apply what you've learned here. Each link includes a brief description, so you can easily target the resources that you want.

Notes on “Teacher Standards and Their Relevance for Teacher Evaluation”


(00:00- 00:23) Introduction/Objectives

(00:24- 01:04) Why Teacher Evaluations and Standards?

(01:05- 01:16) Role of Teacher Evaluation and Standards 

(01:17- 01:55) What are the InTASC Standards?

(01:56- 02:15) InTASC Domains and Standards

(02:16- 03:29) What are National Board Teacher Standards?

(03:30- 04:09) 5 Core Propositions of National Board Teacher Standards

(04:10- 04:39) Recap 

(04:40- 05:20) Reflection 

Additional Resources

The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards (April 2011) at a Glance

This is a two page overview of the standards and their definitions from the Council for Chief State Officers.

Certificates, Standards, and Instructions for First-time Candidates

These are the National Board Certified Teacher certification areas and their related standards.