FACT = Formative Assessment of California Teachers
The FACT System contains four performance-based, job-embedded modules to support participating teachers as they teach. Through the use of evidence collection and ongoing self-assessment, each module is designed to focus on the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and the Induction Program Standards, while incorporating the state-adopted Academic Content Standards for students.
SAUSD uses Canvas, an online Learning Management System (LMS), to accomplish these modules. Our LMS platform provides our teachers with flexible opportunities to accomplish the major objectives of each module. The objectives are featured here.
Context for Teaching & Learning
In Context for Teaching and Learning, participating teachers learn about their teaching environment by identifying challenges, investigating resources, and gathering information about their students*. With a support provider, participating teachers focus on their class, school, district, and community and use this information to guide instructional decisions and identify areas for professional growth.
This module spirals into levels of graduated depth and complexity. During Collecting and Reviewing, participating teachers gather information about their students, families, school site, district, and community. At the Contextualizing and Extending levels, participating teachers respond to deeper, more sophisticated questions about differentiating instruction, embedding new knowledge, and working collaboratively. Each level provides an opportunity for the participating teacher to reflect upon their teaching environment and consider the implications for effective teaching and student learning.
*Secondary teachers should select one focus class and Education Specialists should focus on their caseload.
Inquiry into Teaching & Learning
An inquiry-based system guides and informs participating teachers about their professional growth. The purpose of formative assessment is to improve teaching, as measured by the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and the Induction Program Standards, in relation to the state-adopted Academic Content Atandards and performance levels for students. In collaboration with a support provider, participating teachers assess their practice with a set of specific criteria. They gather information, collaborate with (and/or observe) a colleague, develop an action plan, implement the action plan, reflect on collected evidence and apply new learning to future practice. The results of this process are used by participating teachers and support providers to explore the impact of instruction on student achievement while guiding the participating teacher's future professional development.
Assessment of Teaching & Learning
The Assessment of Teaching and Learning Module provides participating teachers with the opportunity to compare and contrast the processes and outcomes of the teacher preparation program with those of the Induction Program. During this module, participating teachers consider prior knowledge and skills acquired during teacher preparation, their current context for teaching, and evidence gathered by a trained support provider during an observation, to assess their teaching practice and identify strengths and areas for growth. This information is used in subsequent inquiries into their teaching practice. In addition, participating teachers, with the guidance of the support provider, identify resources and support that will be needed to develop and implement their first Individual Induction Plan (IIP) and meet their professional growth goals.
Summary of Teaching & Learning
The formative assessment process provides the opportunity to systematically focus on developing as a professional educator (CSTP Standard 6) in all aspects of teaching. The Summary of Teaching and Learning Module is a holistic reflection on your teaching through a review of the Assessment of Teaching and Learning, Context for Teaching and Learning, and Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Modules.
This reflection captures your progress related to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession, the state-adopted Academic Content Standards for students, and the Induction Program Standards.