Interview Questions for Special Education Paraprofessionals

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					 Alabama           Field Test of
Professional   Special Education II
 Education           Teacher
 Personnel      Evaluation System
Evaluation
 Program              July 2000
      Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
                        Field Test


        Provides a sense of how well the instruments and
          procedures are working

        Provides information on what areas of the evaluation
          system need changing


        Provides feedback from those who are being
          evaluated and those who are evaluators

        Provides data for setting standards



Alabama Department of Education          Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
               Alabama Special Education II System
                         Competencies

Eight Competencies: Structure parallels other evaluation systems
  1.0       Preparation for Instruction (includes initial evaluation)
  2.0       Presentation of Instruction
  3.0       Assessment of Student Performance
  4.0       Classroom Management
  5.0       Positive Climate (includes health and safety)
  6.0       Communication
  7.0       Professional Development and Leadership
  8.0       Performance of Professional Responsibility
 Alabama Department of Education          Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
               Alabama Special Education II System
                Data Collection Instruments/Forms


  • Self-Assessment
  • Interview (oral or written)
  • Pre/Post Observation
  • Instructional Observation
  • Supervisor Review Form
  • Professional Development Plan (generates Professional
     Development/Leadership Competency score during next cycle)

  • Evaluation Summary Report

Alabama Department of Education       Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
              Alabama Special Education II System
                       Self Assessment

     Generates data for all competency areas

     Optionally used by the teacher and shared with
      evaluator only if teacher agrees
     Used by the teacher to:
          1) Identify areas that need improvement
          2) Compare the teacher’s perceptions of
               performance with the results of the
               evaluation
          3) Determine areas for professional growth
             activities to be included in a
             professional development plan
Alabama Department of Education          Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
      Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
                      The Interview

  Two types of interviews:
       A Structured Interview with 4 questions commonly asked of
          all special education teachers (oral and written options)
       A Clarifying Interview with probing questions focused on
          clarifying or bringing understanding to the written
          interview (questions differ from teacher to teacher)

  Clarifying Interview conducted after the evaluator
   analyzes the written interview

  Modified scripting is used to record
   responses in oral option
Alabama Department of Education            Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
       Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
                    The Observations

      Instructional Observation
       The evaluator conducts two observations (3 if a non-
       tenured teacher) observing the special education
       teacher in an instructional setting. The observations
       may be in the classroom or in the special education
       environment.




Alabama Department of Education        Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
       Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
                Supervisor’s Review Form


    Generates data for competencies in Communication
       and Professional Responsibilities

      Provides data where a supervisor should have objective,
       experiential information




Alabama Department of Education        Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
      Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
              Evaluation Summary Report

 Used to present the scores developed from each of
  the instruments

 To complete the ESR, the evaluator:
   1. Completes demographic information requested

   2. Records the scores from each instrument

   3. Writes comments, explanations, or justifications in the space
      provided that support the score for the specific area

   4. Identifies 1 - 2 areas for focus in planning
      professional development for the coming year(s)


Alabama Department of Education             Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
      Alabama Special Education II Evaluation System
             Professional Development Plan

 Activities focus on areas of improvement as identified in the
  Evaluation Summary Report

 Activities focus on the improvement of student achievement

 Used to evaluate Competency 7: Professional Development
  and Leadership after first year of evaluation




Alabama Department of Education      Special Education II Field Test Evaluation
Questions?
                                 SYSTEM COMPARISONS

  Teachers        Special Ed. II     Speech/Lang.       Counselors         Librarians

 Observation       Observation       Observation       Instructional      Management
                                                       Observation        Observation
                                                                          Instructional
                                                                          Observation

  Interview      1 added question 1 added question slight differences slight differences

     SRF               SRF               SRF               SRF                SRF
    PDP              PDP                PDP               PDP                PDP
(Competency 7)   (Competency 7)     (Competency 7)    (Competency 7)     (Competency 7)

                                                         Portfolio
                                                       (7 indicators)

                                                         Surveys           Surveys
                                                        (Students,        (Students,
                                                     Parents, Faculty/   Faculty/Staff)
                                                          Staff)

    ESR               ESR                ESR               ESR                ESR
                  SPECIAL EDUCATION GROUP II
                        COMPETENCIES

       Teacher System                            Special Ed System

 Eight Competencies                     Eight Competencies
   Preparation for Instruction            Preparation for Instruction
                                            New indicator for Initial Evaluation

   Presentation of Instruction            Presentation of Instruction
   Assessment of Student Performance      Assessment of Student Performance
   Classroom Management                   Classroom Management
   Positive Climate                       Positive Climate
                                            Incorporates Health and Safety
   Communication                          Communication
   Prof. Development/Ldrship              Prof. Development/Ldrship
   Prof Responsibilities                  Prof Responsibilities
              SPECIAL EDUCATION GROUP II
                      CONCEPTS

      Teacher System                 Special Ed System
 Classroom                 Classroom and Environments
                             (e.g. class could be in community
                             such as grocery stores, restaurants)

 Academic Content          Academic Content, Functional, and
                             Developmental Levels

 Equipment/Materials       Equipment/Materials, Resources,
                             and Adaptations
                             (e.g. resources include paraprofessionals,
                             adaptations include assistive technology)
 Management of Behavior    Management of Behavior
                             (could include physical control of student)

 Climate                   Climate (also emphasizes health and
                             safety of students
                    SPECIAL EDUCATION GROUP II
                          INSTRUMENTS
       Teacher System                     Special Ed System
 Self Assessment                Self Assessment
                                  (Same format)

 Interview                      Interview
  (3 questions, 5 indicators)     (4 questions, 6 indicators. Adds question for
                                 Indicator 1.1. Rest of questions cover same
                                 indicators as teacher system


 Pre/Post Observation           Pre/Post Observation
                                  (Same procedures, first two questions
                                 adapted for special education)

 Observation                    Observation
  (17 indicators)                 (Same 17 indicators and same procedures)
                SPECIAL EDUCATION GROUP II
                      INSTRUMENTS
        Teacher System                  Special Ed System

 Supervisor’s Review Form     Supervisor’s Review Form
                                (No difference)


 Evaluation Summary Report    ESR is same except for adding new indicator
                                and reference to health and safety

 Competency 7 Scoring         Competency 7 Scoring is same
                                (Not scored in field test since no past
                                PDP has been developed)

 PDP                          PDP has no changes

				
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