April 23, 2012

ASHA's Alternative to Teacher Value Added Assessment Systems

ASHA has developed an accountability resource for members and administrators to use which measures the unique value and contributions that speech-language pathologists make to students, families, and the school community. The Performance Assessment of Contributions and Effectiveness of Speech-Language Pathologists (PACE) includes a review of the research on value added assessment (VAA) for teachers, a performance review process, ways to advocate for the adoption of the PACE at the state and local levels, and the PACE Matrix Portfolio assessment.

The PACE–which has undergone extensive peer review–is available as a PDF on ASHA's website [PDF]. In addition to the document, supplementary tools have been posted to the site. These include sample parent, teacher, and student checklists. More advocacy items are being developed that include PowerPoint presentations to help members explain and advocate for the PACE and Frequently Asked Questions. These resources will be posted when they become available.


  

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