The School of Education collects and analyzes data, on an on-going basis, relative to candidate performance and unit operations related to content and pedagogical knowledge (professional and State standards), content and pedagogical performance (clinical practice), instructional planning, candidate impact on student learning, and dispositions (professional, State, and institutional). The purpose of this data collection and analysis is to evaluate the progress of candidates and to improve programs.
There are five phases of the SOE Assessment System. In phase one, the Assessment Coordinator collects, analyzes, and summarizes the assessment data at the admission, retention, and program exit checkpoints. In the second phase, summarized data from candidate assessments, including data from the six required key assessments, and unit operations are disseminated for review and discussion to: SOE faculty and staff, SOE Curriculum Committee, College of Education and Health Services, and the Teacher Education Advisory Committee, which includes school partners.
During phase three, the SOE Curriculum Committee (SOE program faculty, Chair and Assistant Chair of SOE, and the Assessment Coordinator) has the primary responsibility to analyze the assessment data related to content and pedagogical knowledge (state standards), content and pedagogical performance (clinical practice), instructional planning, candidate impact on student learning, and dispositions (professional, state, and institutional) and develop the Assessment Reports. These reports represent how these data are used to improve both candidate performance and program quality. The Assessment Reports, while based on individual assessments, are a summary of findings, faculty’s interpretations, and changes to be made at the program and unit levels.
In phase four, the SOE Curriculum Committee discusses the Assessment Reports with the SOE Department at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the academic year, and makes recommendations for ongoing program and unit improvement. During the fifth phase, these recommendations are implemented according to a specified timeline. The recommendations then become part of the Assessment System elements during the next assessment review cycle.
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Dr. Alandra Devall is an associate professor and educational psychologist in the School of Education. She came to Benedictine the first time as a graduate student after receiving her bachelor’s degree at Elmhurst College in Special Education. She spent a year completing her master’s degree here in education and went on to Loyola University of Chicago for her PhD in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Psychology. She returned to BU in 2002 as an assistant professor, where she has taught 11 different courses in both education and psychology for both undergraduate and graduate programs.
In the fall of 2006, Dr. Devall was appointed the Chair of the Institutional Review Board by the Provost, and has since worked diligently to make the IRB process not only smooth, but user-friendly for students and faculty. Currently, Alandra enjoys mentoring undergraduate, graduate and dissertation students in their research pursuits, and has completed over 40 theses, a few of which she has presented and co-presented at the prestigious AERA (American Educational Research Association), HICE (Hawaii International Conference on Education) and the University of Oxford. Dr. Devall’s primary research interests include educational psychology, teaching with technology, adolescent wellness and improving the outcomes and education of adolescents with behavior disorders. In the past five years, Dr. Devall has presented numerous internationally peer-reviewed presentations, published several articles and book chapters, and continues her research/advocacy on issues including social justice and incarcerated youth.