Dean Roach on Tk20 AssessmentPosted by Virginia Roach on Nov 2012
Dear Graduate School Community,
Educators and the programs that prepare them are facing increasing demands to document their proficiency and success. Those who work with children, families and teachers must document their successful practice. So, too, must the Bank Street Graduate School. Managing and communicating this data can be quite a challenging task. To better demonstrate accountability, to communicate the quality of the Bank Street College of Education programs with our constituencies, and to support our graduate students' professional development and advancement, we are pleased to announce that we are adopting the Tk20 assessment system.
Tk20 is a comprehensive data management and learning outcomes assessment system that provides a rich set of tools to help track and enhance graduate students' growth, build professional portfolios, support career advancement, and support institutional accountability. Students will be able to do many things, including:
- Create key assessment and performance artifacts online, which will be available for access and use beyond graduation. This enables students to present documented performance data and information to prospective employers, who are increasingly interested in data-supported evidence of an individual’s current and potential performance.
- Create multimedia portfolios for documenting their work for presentation to faculty and prospective employers.
- Monitor progress towards program completion with a visual timeline feature.
- Submit materials for state credentialing requirements when needed.
Cumulatively, the data gathered school wide will allow Bank Street to demonstrate our impact on the development of progressive educators who will lead the field in the coming years.
Beginning spring 2013, all matriculated students registered for one or more credits will be given their individual Tk20 account. In order to support this system, those students will be automatically billed for a one-time only, non-refundable Institutional Assessment fee of $110 for their Tk20 account. Students will see this charge on their tuition invoice. Every Tk20 account will remain active for ten years after the activation date and may be renewed at each student’s option.
In the coming months, look for more detailed information about the various on-line tutorials and training materials that will be available for faculty, students and staff. We researched many assessment systems and consulted with colleagues at other institutions across the country, and came to the conclusion that Tk20 is the best fit for Bank Street. As you interact with Tk20 and realize its potential and benefits, I am sure that you will be pleased. I want to thank everyone for their support of the adoption process.
Virginia Roach, Ed.D.
Dean, Graduate School