Assessment Requirements

Graduate Program in Special Education Childhood, Sequence 2

In order to assure the quality of our education programs and compliance with state and national accreditation standards, CSI’s School of Education collects information from the students in our programs. This information is used to assess the operations of the programs and overall department—not individual students.

Role of Tk20
Most of the information that students must submit are done through Tk20, the online data management system used by department to securely collect and house these data.

Getting a Tk20 Account
Students must purchase a Tk20 account in order to use this system. An account costs $103 and can be purchased by going to the Tk20 login page and clicking on the “Click here to purchase your student account” link to do just that.

Duration of a Tk20 Account
An account is active for 7 years. The lifetime of an active account can be extended by sending a request to Dr. Samuels to do so; however, once an account becomes inactive (viz., after its expiration date), it can only be re-activated by purchasing a new account. Therefore, it is important that you request an extension if you believe you may have use of your account beyond its expiration date. Purchase errors can be resolved as long as they are handled quickly and in accordance with Tk20’s refund policy.

The uses of Tk20 are explained below. Additional help is available through these tutorials.

What Students Need to Do

The following table notes what students need to do concerning assessment. More information is given about these requirements below the table.

Requirements When Completed
Submit Key Assignments Through Tk20 Throughout Program
Submitting New York State Teacher Certification Scores Through Tk20 Throughout Program
Complete Student Teaching/Practicum Self-Evaluation During Student Teaching/Practicum
Complete Student Teaching/Practicum Portfolio During Student Teaching/Practicum
Complete Exit Survey in Tk20 End of Program

Further Details about the Requirements

Key Assignments
Students are required to submit a “key assignment” for almost all education courses. The key assignment should be explained in the course syllabus, but students can view all extant key assignments by:

Go to the Courses tab in Tk20
In the left-hand menu, click on the Assignments link
Click on an assignment’s name
Click on the “Artifact” sub-tab and follow the instructions there

Please contact your course instructor if the key assignment is listed as late since being a little late in Tk20 does not always affect course grades. For help on submitting key assignments through Tk20 or recalling an un-graded assignment to makes changes to it, please refer to the Tutorial Center.

Submitting New York State Teacher Certification Scores Through Tk20
Although students do not need to pass the various state exams to complete their program, their scores on these exams do need to be submitted. Please note that although the state does furnish CSI with the list of students and their scores on these exams, students’ confirmation of their scores provides an important and necessary check on the state’s records. Of course, all of these exams must be passed for students to obtain their teaching certificate. Please review the certification information page for more on becoming certified.

Complete Student Teaching/Practicum Self-Evaluation
Students must submit a self-evaluation of their performance during the fourth observation of their college supervisor during their student teaching/practicum. The supervisors (but not cooperating teachers) will also submit their evaluations of the student through Tk20. Students submit their self-evaluation by:

  • Go to the Field Experience tab in Tk20
  • Click on the title of the field experience binder
  • Click on the Student Self-Evaluation sub-tab
  • Click on the “Click here to Attach” link and following the instructions there.

Complete Student Teaching/Practicum Portfolios
Students completing a program leading to initial certification must complete a portfolio during their student teaching/practicum. The portfolio is completed through Tk20: Although you may produce materials to aid your presentation at the Celebration of Student Teaching/Practicum (details below), there is no hardcopy version that needs to be handed in. This is completed during through the Portfolio tab in Tk20; on the Portfolio page, you will see a link to your portfolio where you can upload the assignments you complete in the seminar component of your student teaching/practicum. I.e., key assignments for all other courses are submitted through the Courses›Assigments page, but the assignments in student teaching/practica comprise your portfolio and are submitted through the Portfolio page.

This portfolio will be presented near the end of the spring semester of each year in the Celebration of Fieldwork.

Exit Surveys

Through Tk20
Near the end of a semester in which you are enrolled in a terminal course (e.g., Student Teaching/Practicum or educational research), you will be sent a link through Tk20 to complete an exit survey about your experience in your current education program. The link will appear in the Pending Tasks section of you Tk20 home page. Note that if you are enrolled in more than one terminal class, you may be sent more than one link; you need only complete the survey once per program and thus can ignore additional links.

Students in the Educational Leadership program are emailed a link to secure site through which they can submit their exit surveys. Please keep an eye out for an email from Dr. Samuels about this. If you do not receive an email a few months after you complete your program, please contact Dr. Samuels about having the link sent to you.