Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to share results of collaborative effort introducing special education portfolios into an inclusive teacher education program using the Tk20 assessment system. Tk20 is an assessment system for both providing evidence of educational skills and achieving that evidence in such a way as to demonstrate growth of teacher candidates. This is not only important for the teacher candidates as they push themselves professionally, but it is also a crucial aspect of accreditation requirements for teacher education programs. Therefore, the focus of the paper is on the usefulness of standards based, working and exit electronic special education portfolios in teacher education. The three instructors report teacher candidates’ learning outcomes and professional development by analyzing data in a special education portfolio via Tk20 from special education courses in three phases of a teacher preparation program prior to student teaching practicum. We describe the lessons learned and focus on victories and challenges in our planning and implementation process. We also suggest recommendations for others to implement the interdisciplinary efforts for effective collaboration into a college wide, electronic educational assessment system in order to track the performances of teacher candidates over time.

Citation/Publisher Attribution

Zhang, J., Fallon, M. A., & Wright, A. (2016). Implementing portfolios using Tk20: An educational assessment system. International Journal of Special Education, 31(2), 169-185. DOI: http://internationaljournalofspecialed.com/issues.php.

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The International Journal of Special Education

As of the year 2002 the International Journal of Special Education will be published on this website. Libraries and individuals are permitted to print out entire issues for educational purposes. The intent is to make the journal available internationally and free of charge to everyone who is interested in special education or is a student of special education.

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