Community and Assessment in PT3

Workshop/Presentation Evaluation Form (open in Netscape) - 3-day Workshop Evaluation Form
Digital Storytelling Workshop Evaluation Form

NETS Assessment Survey - Electronic Portfolio Tools Survey


The International Society for Technology in Education, in partnership with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Apple Computer, and MC-Squared, have been awarded a Knowledge Development Catalyst Grant  called Community and Assessment in PT3 (CAPT3). Extending efforts of ISTE's NCPT3 (National Center for Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology) and ISTE NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) for Teachers, ISTE's STATE (Supporting Technology and Assessment in Teacher Education) Project will: These strategies include
  1. NCPT3: Continue to facilitate and support the PT3 Coordinating Council; continue to encourage, organize, and facilitate PT3 participation and involvement in major dissemination and professional development activities relevant to educator preparation; maintain an ongoing forum for connecting the PT3 Community to other organizations, institutions, and initiatives; and continue to participate with the PT3 Office, the Coordinating Council, PT3 Grantees, and ISTE/NETS Leadership in the identification, conceptual design, implementation, monitoring, and modification of priority PT3 initiatives. Dr. Don Knezek of the University of North Texas will be directing these activities.
  2. STATE: Create an online Clearinghouse on Electronic Portfolios and Performance Assessment; develop and implement a model assessment for student entry into Teacher Education programs; design or adapt an online database to link standards, evidence, artifacts, and assessments; develop training and support materials; conduct annual Technology and Assessment symposium; provide presentations and workshops at mainstream education conferences; conduct awareness sessions, workshops, and academies for Teacher Ed programs. Dr. Helen Barrett of the University of Alaska Anchorage will be directing these activities, as shown below.

The Objectives, Activities and Milestones of the STATE component of the PT3 Catalyst Grant for Year 1 are:

OBJECTIVE 1: Create an online Clearinghouse on Electronic Portfolio and Performance Assessment in Teacher Education to disseminate promising practices

  • Collect and disseminate best practices in Performance Assessments and Rubrics to address the NETS•T Standards
  • Online database of performance assessments & rubrics
  • Collect and disseminate Best Practices on individual Electronic Portfolios to support Professional Development and Assessment of other types of Standards (i.e., NETS, INTASC)
  • Online database of SCDEs who use electronic portfolios to document standards attainment. 
  • Complete the formative assessment of the observational protocols developed by Writing Team. Post to web site.
  • Observational assessment protocols to address technology integration into teaching
ISTE: Doug Daniel, ISTE Assessment & Evaluation, will carry our formative evaluation procedures on classroom observation instruments, along with other developers. 
Apple Computer: Provide website development of Clearinghouse 
UAA: Dr. Helen Barrett will provide technical support for content of Clearinghouse 
PT3 grantees: provide input to Clearinghouse on portfolios and performance assessments

Links to Implementation Activities:

Design of ALI Expert Showcase


OBJECTIVE 2: Develop and implement model assessments for entry into Teacher Education programs (at the end of the first NETS Profile).

  • First Advisory Panel meeting
  • Assessment specifications and sample assessment items
  • Development Team drafts questions
  • First draft of question pool
  • Advisory Panel reviews question pool
  • Recommended revisions
TBA: Provide development and coordinate all activities noted above. 
ISTE: Support development and dissemination of assessment to SCDEs; coordinate advisory panel; 
UAA and other PT3 Implementation grantees: Pilot test new assessment

Links to Implementation Activities:

Under construction and development


OBJECTIVE 3: Design relational database structure and specifications for a Learning and Assessment Management Program (LAMP) to link standards, evidence, artifacts, and assessments for replication in SOE’s with traditional university campus information systems, such as Banner (Oracle) or SQL databases

  • Review existing products
  • Develop Performance specifications

  • - focus group meetings at national conf. 
    - develop comprehensive list of potential queries, data types, keywords, etc.
    - draft specifications
    - feedback loops
    - modify performance specifications
  • Develop technical specifications and requirements

This objective has changed from product development to working with existing commercial systems and designing specifications for online systems in both universities and open source community.

  • Seed development of portfolios to be included in the test content.
  • Begin development of core database with hooks for future enhancements
  • Test contents of demo portfolio
  • Core database design

    Apple may be adapting their ALI system for e-portfolio use

    Taskstream has modified their e-portfolio system based on participation in a Handbook workshop (April 2002).

    IBM is developing an e-portfolio system, and participated in a Handbook workshop (May 2003).

EDMIN.COM: Adapt VirtualEd system to meet the needs of Higher Education for a performance-based assessment recordkeeping system 
ISTE: Provide field testing and dissemination 
Apple: Leverage existing relationship with Oracle and other system developers, and develop a new system using WebObjects environment. 
MC-Squared: Field-test their PLP system using ISTE NETS standards with SCDEs & PT3 grantees 
UAA and other PT3 Implementation grantees: Field test new online environments

Links to Implementation Activities

Open Source Portfolio Initiative
Online Electronic Portfolio Requirements (PDF)
ISTE NETS e-Portfolio Templates
Ready2Net Broadcast
NLII Focus Group on ePortfolios
E-PAC (Electronic Portfolio Action Committee)


OBJECTIVE 4: Development training and support materials will be developed and published through web site, videotapes, CD-ROM & DVD, and print materials

  • Develop expanded electronic portfolio web site
  • Updated website for webserver plus new website at
  • Develop video training tapes or Just-In-Time online web-accessible streaming video
  • A series of videotapes and web-accessible streaming video on electronic portfolio development
Software Developers: Provide technical assistance on materials development. 
ISTE: Edit and publish print materials, package into Electronic Portfolio Resource Kit 
UAA: Provide support for web site development, video tapes, posted to streaming video server, and CD-ROM publishing. 
Apple: Web site redesign

Links to Implementation Activities:

Outline of Apple Learning Interchange Site
ISTE NETS ePortfolio Templates


OBJECTIVE 5: Conduct at least one annual national Development Symposium on Using Technology to Support Assessment in Teacher Education in conjunction with a national or international technology conference such as SITE, ED-MEDIA or NECC

  • Identify location and date for Symposium
  • Annual symposium scheduled
  • Publicize symposium through website, listservs and conference registration materials.
  • and publicized
  • Invite participation from key electronic portfolio developers to participate in symposium
  • Annual symposium conducted
  • Evaluate effectiveness of symposium and plan for next year’s event
  • Planning committee to work on each year’s symposium
  • Form a cadre of leaders who can provide dissemination activities and workshops.
  • Cadre of leaders ? include online support system
ISTE: Provide meeting facilitation and leadership support for building a cadre of trainers. 
Cooperating Universities: provide participation in symposium 
UAA: Sponsor summer institute on Technology and Assessment 
MC-Squared: Provide Virtual Campus to support online collaboration

Links to Implementation Activities:

Dr. Barrett's Introduction to 2002 Forum (PDF 256K)
Dr. Barrett's Planning Matrix (PDF 236K) 
Summary of 2002 Gallery Walk Participant

Description of Symposium
San Antonio, June 14, 2003

Dr. Barrett's Introduction to 2003 Forum (PDF 516K)
Dr. Barrett's e-Portfolio Breakout Session Slides (PDF 245K)
Summary of 2003 Gallery Walk Participants

Description of Symposium
Seattle, June 28, 2003

Dr. Barrett's Introduction to 2004 Forum (PDF 583K)
Closing Session Slides (Quotes and Cartoons) (PDF 1.06Mb)
Summary of 2004 Gallery Walk Participants

Description of Symposium
New Orleans, June 19, 2004

OBJECTIVE 6: Provide presentations or workshops on Technology and Assessment at mainstream (non-technology-focused) education conferences such as ATE, ASCD, NSBA, AERA and the h-ed strands of various curriculum organizations (NCTM, NCSS, IRA, ACTFL, NCTE, NSTA).

  • Identify education conferences where appropriate presentations or workshops could be conducted
  • Annual conference schedule produced
  • Develop proposals for presentations
  • Presentations and workshops scheduled
  • Make presentations or conduct workshops at (minimum) 10 national conferences each year.
  • Each year, at least 100 teacher educators are more aware of e-portfolio development 
Professional organizations: Provide opportunities for presentations on Technology and Assessment 
ISTE: provide coordination of conference schedules, travel schedules, etc.

Links to Implementation Activities:

Descriptions of presentations


OBJECTIVE 7: Develop strategies for scaling up and disseminating this information through training materials, workshops, and academies for application of best practices and implementation at the local level

  • Offer Workshops for SCDEs on Electronic Portfolio Development for Teacher Education faculty
  • At least 30 Teacher Ed faculty each year will model for their students by developing their own e-portfolios
  • Develop a web-based distance ed course on electronic portfolio development which will use all of the materials developed
  • At least 50 Teacher educators who cannot attend hands-on workshops will have learning opportunities available annually through distance course
  • Summer Institutes on Technology & Assessment in Alaska
  • At least 80 Teacher educators share ideas and build their own e-portfolios
UAA: conduct workshops in person and via distance education, provide coordination of summer institute 
UNITE: provide access to a network of Teacher Educators who could participate in these workshops 
MC-Squared: provide access to Virtual PDS network for professional development activities

Links to Implementation Activities:
State/Regional Workshops completed: 
Orlando, January 2002
California, April & June, 2002
Wisconsin, September 2002
Michigan, February 2003
West Virginia, May 2003
Maine, June 2003

Brochure for Handbook workshop
(240K PDF file)

Description of workshops available
in-person  and distance-ed

Image from WWW-based workshop with class

updated 5/23/03