Teacher Work Sample Methodology

The Seven Factors
The Seven Kansas Performance Assessment
Factors Reflected in the TWS
Each TWS needs to provide proof of meeting the following standards.
Information &
Unit Learning
Goals & Objectives
Instructional Design
& Implementation
Reflection &
Demonstration of
Integration Skills
Analysis of
Analysis of
Classroom Learning
Factor 1:
Contextual Information & Learning
Educational Purposes
Increase teacher’s concept of
classroom diversity
Link information about diversity to
instructional design
Measurement Purpose:
Provide information about teacher’s
awareness of contextual factors
and ultimately data to examine
their ability to function as a
professional in a diverse setting.
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 2:
Unit Learning Goals and Objectives
Educational Purposes
Promote use of more challenging
instruction for all P-12 pupils
Promote use , interpretation, and
application of Kansas Content
Standards and District Standards
Encourage teachers to avoid
“knowledge only” targets
Measurement Purpose:
Aid in interpretation of gain scores
(i.e., what type and presentation of
learning does the gain score
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 3:
Instructional Design & Implementation
Educational Purposes
Link instructional design to learning
Encourage teachers to design
challenging lessons that:
Impact learning for all students
Address different learning styles
Incorporate a wide range of
reading abilities
Incorporate technology
Use learning centered
Measurement Purpose:
Ensure that teachers understand and
use a variety of appropriate
instructional strategies
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 4:
Demonstration of Integration Skills
Educational Purposes:
Demonstrate the ability to integrate
across and within content fields
Demonstrate the ability to teach
thinking skills
Measurement Purpose:
Ensure that teachers can facilitate all
students’ abilities to understand
relationships between subject areas
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 5:
Analysis of Classroom Learning Environment
Educational Purposes:
Provide opportunity for teachers to
link learning results to classroom
Promote teacher reflection on the
impact the unit had on individual
small group and whole group
Provide evidence of a sufficient
classroom management plan
Measurement Purpose:
Ensure teachers provide a
classroom environment supportive
of student interaction in learning
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 6:
Analysis of Assessment Procedures
Educational Purposes:
Promote link between learning
objectives and assessments
Encourage the use of different
assessment formats
Encourage the use of challenging
Measurement Purposes:
Encourage teachers to avoid using
simple knowledge based
assessment unless appropriate
Teachers can present some
representation of calculating
student gain scores
Rubric used
by scorers
Factor 7:
Reflection and Self-Evaluation
Educational Purposes:
Promote analysis and synthesis
of all activities
Promote professional
Promote a better understanding
of the implications for the state
assessment and accreditation
process on the teacher’s
Measurement Purposes:
Estimate the degree to which the
unit was successful
Demonstrate that the teacher
can successfully evaluate the
effects of his or her choices and
Rubric used
by scorers

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