Initial Assessment of Teaching Practice
The Initial Assessment of Teaching Practice gives participating teachers the opportunity to compare and contrast the outcomes and processes of the teacher preparation program with those of the induction program. During this module, participating teachers will consider their prior knowledge and skills gained from teacher preparation, their current context for teaching, and evidence gathered in a classroom observation of the participating teacher by a trained support provider. The initial assessment will help participating teachers identify strengths and areas for growth which will be used in subsequent inquiries of teaching practice. In addition, participating teachers and their support providers will identify resources and types of support needed to develop and implement their first Individual Induction Plan (IIP).
STEP Teacher Preparation and Induction Conversation
Purpose: Connecting prior experience to induction ONE
I. Teacher Preparation and Induction Alignment Chart Conversation
1. Use the Alignment Chart Discussion Guide (B-1.2) to review the Teacher Preparation and
Induction Alignment Chart (B-1.1) with your support provider during the first year.
2. Discuss with your support provider how the Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) and
the Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Preparation Programs
were part of your prior experience. Discuss which TPEs have had the greatest impact on your
teaching, to date.
3. Share artifacts from teacher preparation experience (i.e., TPA work, portfolio, student
4. Compare and contrast the standards, the expectations, and the processes of teacher
preparation and Induction.
5. Examine how the Induction experience can be part of an ongoing standards-based system of
practice in education.
STEP Informal Classroom Observation
Purpose: Gathering evidence of current classroom application of standards TWO
I. Informal Classroom Observation
1. Hold a pre-observation conversation with your support provider.
; Consider information from the completed sections of the Context for Teaching.
; Complete the K-W-O Tool (B-2) informing your support provider of specific areas you
would like your support provider to focus on. This also allows for opening an insightful
conversation and brings ownership of the process to the participating teacher. ‖K‖= What I
Know About my Classroom Practice Already ―W‖= What I Want to Know About my
Classroom Practice ―O‖= What I would like my Support Provider to Observe when (s)he
visits my class.
; Support Providers will be focusing on observable CSTP & Induction Standards, while being
mindful of any identified areas.
; Arrange a time for your support provider to observe a planned lesson in your classroom.
2. During the observation, the support provider gathers evidence pertaining to observable
CSTPs and the Induction standards on an observation form (;B-3.1 or B-3.2) along with
areas noted on the K-W-O Chart (B-2). (; Programs may align Induction Standard focus
area for Year 1 and Year 2)
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II. Post Observation Discussion
1. With your support provider, review and discuss the evidence gathered during the observation.
Record insights about your teaching practice on the Post Observation Reflection. (B-4)
STEP Initial Assessment Completion
THREE Purpose: Determining level of practice against the standard
I. Review the Assessment Tool Criteria (DOP; E.1 located in the Assessment
Toolbox or alternative tool)
1. Review and discuss the role and use of established assessment criteria (DOP or alternative
tool) in a standards-based system.
2. Discuss how the assessment criteria will guide the self-assessment for the California
Standards for the Teaching Profession.
3. If using DOP, discuss how the levels identified in the DOP (E.1) describe elements of the
California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) used in the formative assessment
system. Read the criteria for each element in each CSTP.
4. If using an alternative tool, read the criteria for each element in each CSTP.
II. Mark the Self-Assessment ;E-2.1 (located in the Assessment Toolbox)
1. CSTP Self Assessment Section: Based on prior experience (TPA), and the evidence
gathered during the Initial Assessment of Teaching Practice and Context for Teaching; mark
each element in the Initial Assessment column on the Self-Assessment (E-2.1). Mark the
boxes with the evidence used to make the placement (i.e., LP = Lesson Plan; CO =
Classroom Observation; TPA = Teaching Performance Assessment).
2. Induction Standard Self-Assessment Section: Compare the Teacher Performance
Standard with the Induction standard narrative at the top of the page. Based on prior
experience (TPA) and the evidence gathered during the Initial Assessment of Teaching
Practice and Context for Teaching; discuss your application in each of the Induction standards.
In the Initial Self-Assessment section of Self-Assessment (E-2.1), write a narrative about
your teaching practice as it relates to each standard.
The Self-Assessment Reflective Conversation Record will be addressed each time a Self-Assessment is completed during the participating teacher’s program.
STEP Reflective Conversation
Purpose: Focusing on key insights about practice FOUR
1. With your support provider, use your placement on the Self-Assessment (Initial Assessment of
Teaching Practice—CSTP and Induction Standard reflections) to consider and record key
insights on the Self-Assessment Reflective Conversation Record (E-3).
; Identify areas for focus area(s)/concern(s) for further exploration.
; The Self-Assessment Reflective Conversation Record will be addressed each time a Self-
Assessment is completed during the participating teacher’s program.
Focusing Forward - Inquiry
Based on information gained from the completion of the Context for Teaching and the Initial Assessment of Teaching Practice, begin the Inquiry by developing an Individual Induction Plan (IIP).
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