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Tool Name
Teacher Work Sample Methodology (TWSM)

Evaluation Type
Instructional Artifacts

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This product was developed by the Teacher Effectiveness Project at Western Oregon University.

Product Description
TWSM is a portfolio process for preservice teachers designed at Western Oregon University. The work samples are required to include an instructional unit, evidence of student learning, and student data that can be used for future instructional planning.

General Target Population Information
TWSM is designed for early career or preservice teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
Focused on Novice Teachers

The Georgia Department of Education uses TWSM. It has also been used as part of the Reniassance Partnership for Improving Teacher Quality, which received a five-year U.S. Department of Education Title II Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant.

Research and Resources

Ayres, R., Girod, G., McConney, A., Schalock, M. Wright, D., & Ling, M. (1996). Work sample methodology. Monmouth, OR: Teacher Effectiveness Project, Teaching Research Division, Western Oregon University.

Girod, G. R. (Ed.) (2002). Connecting teaching and learning: A handbook for teacher educators on Teacher Work Sample Methodology. Washington, DC: American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

The predictive validity of the TWSM to forecast teacher effectiveness has yet to be established.

Costs have not beed developed for this product at this time.

Contact Information
Western Oregon University
College of Education
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361
Phone: 503-838-8471

Support Available
The protocol for putting together the work sample is used widely and adjusted for schools, districts, and states.