Our teacher preparation program was reaccredited in 2010 by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and reapproved by the MN Board of Teaching. Although our program was recognized for its “exemplary” preparation of teachers, part of the review indicated a need for a new assessment system that could support all of the work we need to do for our program’s continuous improvement and to help monitor individual candidate progress toward licensure.
After careful consideration regarding cost and effectiveness, our department selected Tk20 as our assessment system. Many teacher preparation programs are utilizing systems such as Tk20, and several colleges and universities use systems like this campus-wide for student and program assessment.
Anyone pursuing a teaching license at St. Olaf or who will be completing field experiences in the schools must subscribe to the program and purchase a user account. The $100* Tk20 subscription is a one-time fee. If you are only taking one course in the Education Department, you will be able to subscribe at a discounted rate of $65.00.
Tk20 will greatly improve department efficiency and provide each of our students with the means to more fully engage in their individual progress throughout our program. It allows you to:
- Build your course and performance artifacts and evidence electronically online. Your artifacts will stay with you so you can use them for years as you enter into your chosen profession. This will be a great benefit to you as you seek to advance in your education career and build your career portfolio over time.
- Create electronic portfolios for documenting your work for presentation to faculty and prospective employers.
- Have a fully documented record of your field experiences and student teaching.
Additionally, the Tk20 system helps the faculty serve you better by providing instant data for advising and program improvement.
*If the purchase of your subscription presents a financial burden, know that — as for all Education Department fees — you can request financial assistance (do not purchase Tk20 until your assistance application has been resolved).