The TQA Project is a
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American Association of State
Colleges and Universities
and the
UW System
Funding for the project is
provided by the Department of
Education through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Grant No. P116B070066, and the UW System Administration PK-16 Grant.
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University of Wisconsin System Teacher Quality Initiative

Wisconsin's Grassroots
Teacher Quality Assessment (TQA) Model:
Large Scale Assessment of Math and Science Content Knowledge in Student Teaching

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TQA Project Goals and Objectives

The goals of the grant project are threefold:

  1. Create a set of valid and reliable performance assessment tools that will document student teachers’ attainment of science and math content knowledge and skills.
  2. Use the information gathered through these assessments to guide on-going programmatic reform in teacher preparation and professional development.
  3. Document the Wisconsin Grassroots Teacher Quality Assessment Model (TQA) for broader application.

The goals will be achieved through:

  • Developing consensus on a common core of knowledge and skills that all Wisconsin middle and high school math and science teacher candidates must demonstrate upon completion of any program preparing them to teach math and/or science.
  • Designing a common set of valid and reliable knowledge-based assessments of candidate performance in the application of the identified math and science content knowledge and skills during student teaching.
  • Creating a process for using resulting data to guide program renewal.











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