CH-UH resident educators all pass performance assessment

Among the CH-UH school district's resident educators are (front row, from left) Markita Thompson, Takisha Jackson, Tracey Tyrrell, Karin Faletic, Traci Adeen, (back row) Keith Vance, Josh Lutton, James Davies and Patrick Carpenter. Missing from photo are: Ben Ammon, Nicole Clouser, Emily Kairis, Max Kravitz and Tai Kuei-Fang.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s fourth-year resident educators all recently passed the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)—a rigorous performance assessment that asks resident educators to showcase their teaching progress and demonstrate its impact on student achievement. All 14 of the district’s resident educators passed all five tests for a district passage rate of 100 percent.

In the state of Ohio, according to the Ohio Department of Education, “about 56 percent of the 3,218 candidates who were registered as RESA candidates last year submitted all five tasks, and 67 percent of those candidates passed all five.” 

“I am so proud of the district’s resident educators and their facilitators,” said Talisa L. Dixon, CH-UH superintendent. “A district passage rate of 100 percent is truly an accomplishment to celebrate. Not only did all of the residents register as RESA candidates, compared to only 56 percent statewide; they all passed, compared to only 67 [percent] statewide. I would like to congratulate each of the resident educators—Traci Adeen, Ben Ammon, Patrick Carpenter, Nicole Clouser, James Davies, Karen Faletic, Takisha Jackson, Emily Kairis, Max Kravitz, Tai Kuei-Fang, Josh Luton, Markita Thompson, Tracey Tyrrell and Keith Vance. Bravo to each of you!”

The Ohio Residency Program seeks to provide Ohio schools with outstanding educators for years to come. The program was developed five years ago, and this year is the inaugural class. The program grants recent college graduates a four-year resident license. Once hired by a district, they enter their first year of residency and are given a mentor who guides them through a challenging set of protocols. Their second year is similar but more analytic, exploring the complexities of learning and teaching. In year three, they become eligible to take the RESA.

Their district determines if they are ready to take the RESA or if they need another year of one-on-one mentoring. If they take the RESA, they are videotaped teaching and the video and its analysis are submitted to be scored by trained assessors. Two videos and three other subset assessments are given for a total of five submissions.

Year four of the program is designed to provide leadership opportunities to those who pass all five assessments, and to allow subsequent pathways for those who need to redo any of their submissions. The CH-UH resident educators had been waiting since May for the tests to be graded, and to find out what’s next for each of them. As they all passed, each resident educator will be granted a leadership opportunity.

Angee Shaker

Angee Shaker is director of communications for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 11:58 AM, 02.17.2015