Maintaining High Standards in a Pass/Fail Teaching Practicum
Many field experiences for teacher candidates are assessed pass/fail which can, at times, compromise the high standards teacher education programs expect their pre-service teachers to meet. During this paper presentation, two university field supervisors will explain how they assess teacher candidates in the field using a multi-layered approach that demands the candidates meet standards related to knowledge, skills, and dispositions. This approach utilizes a pass/fail grading system yet maintains high expectations. The paper presentation will explore the evolution of the practicum assessment process at one university which includes transitioning from a traditional grading system (A, B, C, D, F) to the pass/fail system. Implications for instruction and teacher candidate supervision will also be discussed.
Keywords: Teaching Practicum, Assessment, Field Experiences
Dr. Dan Doerger
Assistant Professor of Education, Teacher Education and School Leadership
Dr. Denise Dallmer
Affiliation not supplied