Dean Roach on Tk20 Assessment

Dear Graduate School Community,
Educators and the programs that prepare them are facing increasing demands to document their proficiency and success. Those who work with children, families and teachers must document their successful practice. So, too, must the Bank Street Graduate School. Managing and communicating this data can be quite a challenging task. To better demonstrate accountability, to communicate the quality of the Bank Street College of Education programs with our constituencies, and to support our graduate students’ professional development and advancement, we adopted the Tk20 assessment system.
Tk20 is a comprehensive data management and learning outcomes assessment system that provides a rich set of tools to help track and enhance graduate students’ growth, build professional portfolios, support career advancement, and support institutional accountability. While the primary purpose of this tool is to record program-based, aggregate data on all students who take specific course work within the Graduate School for program improvement purposes, the Tk20 system is also beneficial for those students who must submit a portfolio to the State of New York for credentialing purposes. Students are able to do many things, including:
1. Create key assessment and performance artifacts online, which will be available for access and use beyond graduation. This enables students to present documented performance data and information to prospective employers, who are increasingly interested in data-supported evidence of an individual’s current and potential performance.
2. Create multimedia portfolios for documenting their work for presentation to faculty and prospective employers.
3. Submit materials for state credentialing requirements when needed.Importantly, the data

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