Continual program assessment and evaluation is crucial to measuring program success and ensuring project activities are supporting stated goals. Formative assessment can suggest midproject changes to improve outcomes, while summative assessment provides valuable lessons for the future and for others seeking to apply the PhysTEC model.

Assessment of a teacher preparation programs is multi-faceted, and includes

  • the quality of teachers who graduate from project institutions, using a variety of content assessment and pedagogy assessment instruments
  • the career outcomes and retention rates of teachers who graduate from project institutions
  • the extent to which the project has catalyzed an institutional commitment to sustaining a teacher preparation program.

The following pages provide additional information and resources for assessing different aspects of teacher education programs:

Assessing Teacher Quality

Assessing Career Outcomes and Retention