A Systematic Approach for Training Candidates to Use the Teacher Work Sample
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 4 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-4-April-2005
Teacher work samples provide prospective teachers with a format for reflecting on their teaching and
the impact of their teaching on student learning. A growing body of research confirms the use of work
samples as a credible evaluation measure of teacher candidates’ skills in meeting targeted teaching
criteria (Schalock 1998; Hegler 2003; Girod, 2002). Researchers state that a relationship between
knowledge of teaching and learning acquired in teacher preparation programs and student
achievement can be shown through the work sample process. Salzman, Denner, Bangert, and Harris
(2001), through work with The Renaissance Partnership Teacher Work Sample, discovered a direct
link between the teaching process criteria and teaching behaviors as measured by the work sample.
Also discovered was a significantly high positive correlation between independent evaluations of the
quality of the learning assessments used and the total work sample performance rubric.