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Tool Name
Connecticut’s Beginning Educator Support and Training Program (BEST)

Evaluation Type
Portfolios

Subject
All Subjects

Grade
All Grades

Use of Evaluation
Formative
Summative

URL
http://www.ctbest.org/

Developer
This product was developed by the Connecticut Department of Education.

Product Description
Currently under revision, this program requires new teachers to submit a portfolio chronicling a unit of instruction at the end of their second year. State-trained scorers evaluate portfolios on instructional design, instructional implementation, assessment of learning, and teachers’ abilities to analyze teaching and learning. New teachers are rated in one of four categories in each domain: conditional, competent, proficient, and advanced. Evaluators are frequently content-specialists. They are trained and must demonstrate an ability to score portfolios accurately before participating in evaluations. Beginning with the 2010–11 school year, beginning teachers will be required to participate in the Teacher Education And Mentoring (TEAM) program, which will replace the Beginning Educator Support and Training (BEST) program. According the Public Act 08-107, "the assessment of each beginning teacher shall be based upon, but not limited to, data obtained from observations conducted by assessors using an assessment instrument. A beginning teacher shall be assessed by educators with teaching experience in the same general subject area as such beginning teacher."

General Target Population Information
This product was developed for use with first- and second-year teachers.

Stage of Teacher Development
First- and Second-Year Teachers

Users
This product is used in Connecticut schools.

Research and Resources
Wilson, S. M., Darling-Hammond, L., & Berry, B. (2001). A case of successful teaching policy: Connecticut’s long-term efforts to improve teaching and learning. Seattle, WA: Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy.

Cost
This system was not developed for sale or marketing purposes.

Contact Information
300 Don Gaspar-Jerry
Apodaca Education Building
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Phone: 505-827-3533
Fax: 505-827-3525

Support Available
Technical support for this product is currently unavailable. Individuals with the Connecticut Department of Education may offer consultation.