This form is based on the Iowa Department of Education Student Teaching Evaluation (IDESTE) developed with State funds to support the evaluation of teachers in live classrooms under the guidance of a cooperating teacher. It measures all program objectives on a five-point scale, where a “2” is the minimum acceptable rating to be considered to have met the objective. Cooperating teachers fill out this form at the midpoint and end of student teaching.
During the final conference the cooperating teacher gives a holistic summary of the degree to which he or she believes the candidate is ready for licensure.
The portfolio that students create at the end of their student teaching includes samples of their work from most of the courses they have taken prior to student teaching, as well as a reflection on that work. It also includes a “Teacher Work Sample,” which is a unit of curriculum the candidate created and taught, complete with student work and an analysis of student performance against the unit objectives. The portfolio and work sample are evaluated with a scoring rubric and students must score “meets expectations” in order to be recommended for a teaching license.