Candidates' Performance

At Cal State San Marcos, the Integrated Comprehensive Assessment System (ICAS) enables faculty and staff to collect, analyze, and utilize data across all initial and advanced credential programs to evaluate candidates’ performance and determine program and unit effectiveness. The ICAS includes multiple internal and external —to the institution—assessment measures that begin with the candidates’ admission into the professional program and culminate with the post-program evaluation of graduates’ on-the-job performance. Throughout this continuum, there are benchmarks that include formative and summative assessments, as well as program and institutional checkpoints, to ensure quality of candidates’ preparation and program and unit continuous improvement. The ICAS three-dimensional components —candidates, program, and unit—are fittingly aligned with the unit’s Conceptual Framework, which articulates a shared vision, core values, and candidates’ proficiencies. Following the ICAS graphic below, we present candidates’ performance measures that show how we select, prepare, and assess professionals for P-12 schools.

Integrated Comprehensive Assessment System (ICAS)


Characteristics of Candidates

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Source:  CSU San Marcos College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, May 2014
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Source:  CSU San Marcos College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, May 2014
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Source:  CSU San Marcos College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, May 2014
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Source:  CSU San Marcos College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, May 2014

Teacher Candidates at Admission and Program Completion

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Cal TPA (California Teacher Performance Assessment)

2012-13 TPA Initial and Final Scores: Tasks 3 & 4. Cal TPA consists of four assessments required of teacher candidates during their credential program.  The first three tasks are formative assessments, while the final task (TPA 4) becomes a culminating teaching experience and represents a summative assessment.  Teacher candidates submit, among other learning products, a 20-minute video demonstrating their instructional abilities as part of the TPA Task 4.  All four tasks align with and assess the Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs).   TPA tasks are scored holistically using a 4-point rubric.  In order to ensure assessor reliability, all assessors are trained by a TPA coordinator or lead TPA assessor using Cal TPA training supplies and materials.   Assessors must recalibrate annually in order to continue scoring.  A minimum of 15% of tasks are double scored to ensure inter-rater reliability.

Multiple Subject programs include: Integrated Credential Program, Middle Level, Multiple Subject, and Multiple Subject/Special Education Concurrent.

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Single Subject areas include:  English, mathematics, physical education, sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics), social science, and Spanish.

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Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)

CSU San Marcos RICA Results 2009-2013.  RICA is a licensure requirement for all Multiple Subject credential applicants.

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Source:  College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, February 2014.

Notes:  Data were pulled from Pearson Results Analyzer on January 8, 2014 and include enrolled candidates and program completers who requested that their results be shared with CSU San Marcos.  Best attempt data reflect candidates' performance when the highest totaled score was received.

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Source:  College of Education, Health & Human Services Office of Student Services, February 2014.

Notes:  Data were pulled from Pearson Results Analyzer on January 8, 2014 and include enrolled candidates and program completers who requested that their results be shared with CSU San Marcos.  Best attempt data reflect candidates' performance when the highest totaled score was received.


CSU San Marcos Graduates' On The Job Performance

The following graphic shows the overall effectiveness of graduates from Cal State San Marcos Education Specialist, Multiple Subject, and Single Subject credential programs one year after program completion. While the rate of responses may vary in some cases, the overall performance of graduates, as judged by level of employer satisfaction, is high. For more information regarding the CSU System-wide Evaluation, please visit http://www.calstate.edu/teacherquality/program_outcomes.shtml

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