Resource Spotlight

Iowa Core Moodle Site

The Iowa Department of Education has create a Moodle site to aid with the implementation of the Iowa Core.

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Teacher Work Sample (TWS)

A Teacher Work Sample (TWS) is a document written by teacher candidates that helps them connect practice with the ideas and skills they have learned in their course and field experiences. 

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Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT)

From the PACT Website: 


"PACT (Performance Assessment for California Teachers) is a consortium of  teacher preparation programs at 30universities, 1 district internship program, and 1 charter school network. These institutions have joined together to develop a teacher performance assessment. Successful completion of the teaching performance assessment will be required to earn a California Preliminary Multiple Subject or Single Subject Teaching Credential."

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TPAC Website

From the Teacher Performance Assessment Consortium Website:


"One of the few areas of real consensus among education policy makers, practitioners and the general public today is that improving teacher quality is the most direct and promising strategy for improving public education outcomes in the United States--particularly critical for groups of children who have historically been taught by the least qualified teachers. Existing state and federal policies for defining and measuring teacher quality rely almost exclusively on standardized tests of basic academic skills and disciplinary subject matter knowledge. While academic competence is obviously an important teacher quality, these assessments have been shown to have limited value in predicting teacher effectiveness in the classroom (Mitchell, et al, 2001). Any serious and systematic effort to improve the quality of teachers entering or already practicing in our nation’s schools must include development of a reliable and valid measure of how well they perform in the classroom."

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INTASC Standards

Here is an updated version of the INTASC standards from the CCSSO website.


These new draft core teaching standards were revised from the 1992 model standards developed by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). They outline a new vision of effective teaching for today's learners. 

Model Core Teaching Standards