Candidate Assessment of Performance for Student Teachers

In Fall 2016, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) replaced the Preservice Performance Assessment (PPA) with a new assessment for all student teachers in Massachusetts—the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP). CAP aligns with the MA Teacher Evaluation System, and creates a seamless continuum from pre-service preparation to in-service teaching.

The CAP draws from the Professional Teaching Standards, but utilizes a developmental approach by focusing the student teacher on six essential elements that are embedded within the professional standards. The CAP also implements a goal-setting process and 5-step cycle that is consistent with the MA teacher evaluation process. The aim of this common framework is to ensure that pre-service teachers are ready to teach from day one of their professional teaching career.

6 Essential Elements of CAP

  • Well Structured Lessons
  • Adjustment to Practice
  • Meeting Diverse Needs
  • Safe Learning Environment
  • High Expectations
  • Reflective Practice

5-Step Cycle

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Goal Setting
  3. Plan Implementation
  4. Formative Assessment
  5. Summative Assessment

Supervising Practitioner Responsibilities*

  • Conduct three observations (one in partnership with Program Supervisor)
  • Partner with Program Supervisor to examine evidence and provide action oriented feedback to Teacher Candidate
  • Collaborate with Program Supervisor and Teacher Candidate to set measurable goals
  • Assist the Teacher Candidate developing and administering surveys to obtain feedback from students
  • Participate in 3-way meetings to clarify and review goals, as well as to discuss progress with the CAP rubric
  • Complete CAP documentation forms (pre/post observation and 3-way conference forms

*Glossary of Terms

Teacher Candidate: pre-service student teacher who is in the classroom completing a practicum

Program Supervisor: a member of from the Teacher Candidates educational institution, providing oversight and guidance through the practicum

Supervising Practitioner: the classroom teacher who mentors the teacher candidate throughout the semester

Standards: broad-based categories of content knowledge, skills, and performance of effective practice

Elements: more specific descriptors of actions and behaviors within a particular Standard

Evidence: a reflection piece of assessment of the Teacher Candidate's competency

Observations: done by the Program Supervisor and Supervising Practitioner, providing reflective feedback for the Teacher Candidate

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