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LiveText and Assessments

Teacher Preparation and Advising Office

What is LiveText?

LiveText by Watermark is an electronic data system. Students will be required to use LiveText to submit assessments and other assignments to their instructors. Instructors can view, assess, and give feedback on assignments to students using LiveText. As of July 1, 2020 LiveText accounts are provided to students using college of education program fees. Students will be automatically assigned a keycode to register their LiveText account. Each student will receive an automatically generated email from within the LiveText by Watermark system providing them with detailed instructions on how to register their account.

For more information, please select:

LiveText for Students

LiveText for Faculty

 

What is edTPA?

edTPA™, formerly the Teacher Performance Assessment, was designed by teachers and teacher educators to support candidate learning and provide data that support preparation program growth and renewal. Aligned with Common Core State Standards and InTASC Standards, edTPA assesses teaching behaviors that focus on student learning. edTPA can be integrated with other teacher candidate assessments such as clinical evaluations, GPA, and content knowledge examinations to inform program completion decisions or as a metric for licensure. edTPA is a summative capstone assessment to evaluate readiness to teach. It is also a source of evidence for program review, teacher licensure and/or state and national accreditation. Except from Using edTPA document, below.*

For edTPA completion resources and submission instructions, visit the edTPA page.

 

What is the Dispositions Assessment?

Professional Dispositions are: Professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development and are assessed based on observable behaviors in educational settings. In order to ensure that candidates exhibit professional behaviors and dispositions important for developing competent and democratic professionals, the following instrument will be used as an assessment tool in the program.

Definition/Directions:  What follows are indicators of professional behaviors and dispositions that the University of Wyoming College of Education Undergraduate Education Programs faculty aims to develop in preservice teacher candidates. Determination of which phrase best describes the preservice teacher candidate’s behavior during the time in which observations or interactions occurred are selected. If observations of that behavior did not occur, assessors simply check “N/O” for “not observed.” 

As the Conceptual Framework of the College of Education states, we realize that teacher candidates will be continually developing, and so these ratings will be based on the expectations at various phases of the Undergraduate Education Programs.

For teacher candidates: If exhibiting professional dispositions appropriate to a beginning teacher, a rating of “2” is expected.

For course instructors: any rating of a “1” MUST include a written explanation/comment.

A PDA notification letter will be sent to students on each of the support levels. Specific indication of which support level the student is currently on will be marked with an X, the areas in need of attention that were rated “1” will be listed, and required or option next steps are provided. Students not successfully completing a required improvement plan will not be allowed to continue in the Undergraduate Education Programs.

The PDA process includes three levels of support.
The first level is an advisory stage. Many times, a student just needs to focus attention on areas that they could improve upon to achieve greater success, and this initial stage does that. The second level is a warning stage to the student (and to us) that more support is needed in order for the student to be successful in the course, program, and profession. This second stage encourages student reflection and open dialogue with key players in the specific students’ academic support system. The third level is the Professional Dispositions and Improvement Plan (PDIP) stage, and it is a formal agreement for supports and deliverables by both the student and Associate Dean to make the student’s necessary improvements while continuing in the program. The PDIP level is a collaborative approach to insure both student and UW are accountable to only highly effective teaching candidates completing the licensure program. Successful completion of the PDIP is required to continue in any educational program that leads to licensure. Our policy for this support includes: 1) Advisory: Any student receiving “1” ratings during a semester from one or two instructors; 2) Warning: Any student receiving “1” ratings over the course of two semesters from two or more instructors; and 3) PDIP: Any student receiving 3 or more ratings of "1" (within the same assessment area) from three or more instructors.

 

Contact Us

Teacher Preparation and Advising Office

Dept. 3374

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2230

Fax: (307) 766-2018

Email: edquest@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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