Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)?

The RESA is a performance assessment that requires Resident Educators to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, as revealed in their day-to-day teaching. Performance assessments provide direct evidence of what teachers do in the classroom, supported by required written commentary that accurately reflect the daily work that teachers do.

The 2017–2018 RESA consists of one task, the Lesson Reflection. Resident Educators are asked to provide evidence of how they implement the Teaching and Learning Cycle in their teaching to support important learning outcomes for all students. As participants in the assessment, REs will be prompted to reflect upon and synthesize what they have learned throughout the Resident Educator Program.

Who determines whether I am ready to take the RESA?

Resident Educators are required to take the RESA in the third year of the Resident Educator Program. Resident Educators are assigned Program Coordinators and Program Coordinators register them as RESA candidates in the Ohio Department of Education’s CORE database before November 15th. For more information, see the Ohio Resident Educator Program Page on the Ohio Department of Education website.

What are the requirements for year 3 and 4 resident educators?

Please see the Ohio Department of Education RESA webpage for information on Resident Educator year 3 and 4 requirements.

How much does the RESA cost?

There is no cost to the RESA candidate. The Ohio Department of Education is supporting the following costs of implementing the RESA: use of software platform, site licenses, assessors, facilitation training, and other related resources.

When and how can I prepare for the RESA?

Resident educators begin preparing for the RESA on the first day of their teaching experience. This preparation continues throughout years 1 and 2 of the Resident Educator Program. Educators may begin collecting instructional evidence for the RESA Lesson Reflection as soon as they begin their experience in the Resident Educator Program.

The RESA Guidebook will guide candidates through the RESA submission process by providing detailed directions on how to complete the Lesson Reflection and outlining the domains that will be used to score it.

Where can I get additional help?

Questions related to licensure, RESA eligibility, and the Resident Educator Program, should be sent to the Ohio Department of Education by your Program Coordinator at OhioRESA@education.ohio.gov. Candidates can also find information at the Ohio Department of Education RESA webpage.

Questions about registering for the RESA or technical assistance in submitting forms and evidence should be directed to the RESA Help Desk.The RESA Help Desk will be available toll free at 855-538-8634 or by email at resa@educopia.com to provide technical assistance during two phases this school year.

  •  Oct 2, 2017 – Nov 22, 2017: M – F: 8 am – 12 pm and 1- 5 pm EST
  •  Jan 2, 2018 – May 19, 2018: M – F: 8 am – 12 pm and 1- 5 pm EST

*The Help Desk will be closed from November 23 – January 1st

What are the most important resources for the RESA?

All of the most essential resources can be found on the Resources page at www.ohioresa.com. The most important resources include:

The Ohio RESA Guidebook: This document is your primary guide for completing the RESA Lesson Reflection.

  • The RESA Lesson Reflection and associated domains can be found here and are reflected in the submission system, which launches on October 16, 2017.
  • Supporting documentation on topics such as registering for the RESA, using the RESA Submission System Software, requesting RESA Modifications for special teaching circumstances and ADA Amendments Act Accommodations, and a glossary of terms used in the Lesson Reflection are available on the Resources page of the Ohio RESA website.

Video Resources: The Ohio RESA Team has facilitated webinars for RESA candidates. Recordings of these presentations and the PowerPoint slides are available on the Resources page of the website.

The Ohio Department of Education’s website: The RESA website provides a clearinghouse of information about the RESA. For information about the Resident Educator Program in general and specifically about eligibility for taking the RESA, please visit the Ohio Department of Education’s webpage on the Resident Educator Program here.

Your RESA Program Coordinators will confirm that you are eligible to take the RESA, will manage your registration in Ohio’s CORE system, provide helpful guidance, and will monitor and report on your submission process.

Will Educopia or the Ohio Department of Education publish or otherwise use videos submitted for the RESA for any other purposes?

Videos from RESA submissions will be used in assessor training as exemplars that have been edited to illustrate particular levels of candidate performance. Candidate submissions are confidential and will only be viewed by assessors, master coders, Educopia staff, and contractors and other individuals necessary to score the RESA tasks. Any individual, including all master coders and assessors, who views candidate video submissions must sign a non-disclosure agreement that ensures the privacy of candidates, students, and parents.
    
Further, Educopia asks candidates to grant permission to use their entire submission, including videos, for educator training purposes. Candidates may elect not to grant Educopia permission to use task submissions for training purposes.

How do I register to take the RESA?

Your program coordinator will first need to register you to take RESA in the Ohio Department of Education CORE database. CORE Registration for the 2017-2018 RESA will open on August 21st and close on November 15th. Beginning on October 16th, Educopia will send account activation links to all candidates registered to take the RESA. Newly registered candidates after that date will be sent Activation Links on a weekly basis. Urge your program coordinator to register you as early as possible so that you have the most time to work in the submission system prior to the Lesson Reflection deadline.

If I do not receive an email to activate my account with Educopia, what should I do?

If you do not receive an invitation to register with Educopia by November 1st, you should first check all email folders to see if your email provider automatically filed Educopia’s email in your spam or junk mail folder. Next, you should also add the following email domains to your contacts or safe sender list: @educopia.com, @mailchimp.com.

You should then contact your Program Coordinator to confirm that you have been registered as a RESA candidate with the Ohio Department of Education and that the correct email address was used. If you have confirmed that you have been accurately registered with the Ohio Department of Education and have still not received an account activation email from Educopia, you should contact Educopia’s RESA Help Desk by calling 855-538-8634, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET. (Please note that the Help Desk will be closed November 23 – January 1st)

What should I do if my teaching assignment makes it impossible to complete the RESA as described?

Please review and complete the Task Modification Request Form on the Resources Page of the OhioRESA.com website to see if you require a live observation because recording is not permitted in your teaching environment. If you need a live observation, you will need to complete the RESA Modification request form with your program coordinator and submit it for approval to REProgram@education.ohio.gov by October 10th.

How is the RESA modified to accommodate candidates with disabilities?

Because the RESA is an untimed assessment, consisting of one task, that is conducted online over the course of four months, most candidates with disabilities will not need special accommodations. However, if you feel that your medical condition prevents you from accessing materials or completing the RESA online, please review and complete the ADA Amendments Act Accommodations Request Form and submit it to resa@educopia.com by October 1st.

How do I complete the Lesson Reflection?

In the Lesson Reflection, you are asked to record a single lesson that demonstrates your ability to teach meaningful content to your students. You will analyze your planning decisions for this lesson, illustrate your actual teaching in a video segment that is up to 20 minutes long, and reflect on the success of the entire lesson.

The commentary you provide and video segment you choose will give you an opportunity to:

  • Explain your learning outcomes for this lesson and why they are important in the context of the subject area this lesson represents.
  • Explain your formative assessment strategy for this lesson.
  • Demonstrate your instruction (using the video segment).
  • Evaluate and reflect on the success of the entire lesson.

The full Lesson Reflection instructions and forms can be found in the 2017-2018 RESA Guidebook.

What is the deadline for the Lesson Reflection?

RESA Candidates must submit the Lesson Reflection by 11:59 pm on January 19, 2018. No deadline extension requests will be granted.

What technology do I need to complete the RESA?

RESA candidates will need access to a computer with broadband Internet connection and a video recording device that captures digital files (such as a digital camcorder or mobile device with a high-quality video camera and microphone). Candidates may also need access to a printer or scanner.



For more information on technology requirements, see the Ohio RESA System Requirements and the Lesson Reflection Technical Reference Guide in the 2017-2018 RESA Guidebook.

How do I videotape my online class and are there specific technology requirements for RESA candidates who teach online classes?

Candidates who teach online should capture their online teaching event as a screen recording with audio of the virtual classroom. Students’ names in the chat box or elsewhere on the screen should be replaced with non-identifiers, such as Participant 1 or Student A. Please make sure that the chat boxes are legible, so that the assessor will be able to get a sense of student engagement.

RESA candidates who teach online classes must capture video, audio, and other evidence submitted in support of the RESA tasks on a high-resolution monitor with the resolution set as high as possible. Using a low-resolution monitor/settings may result in illegible evidence that will be disqualified. Even if you have a high-resolution monitor, low-resolution settings can make your evidence unreadable.


Educopia recommends that RESA candidates who teach online classes do a trial run to ensure that video and other evidence are legible (i.e., an assessor can read the text and understand the content) prior to capturing evidence intended for submission. 

Educopia also recommends that online teachers capture and submit audio or written interaction during the class (i.e., chat box) as evidence of student engagement.

Do I need to keep a record of my submitted Lesson Reflection?

Candidates are not required to keep a copy of their completed tasks. However, while the task is “in progress,” candidates are strongly encouraged to keep a copy of all video, photo, and other evidence in addition to any draft responses to RESA prompts. Candidates retaking the RESA will not be able to view or otherwise access their submissions in the submission system from the prior year.

Can I submit evidence from previous years?

RESA candidates must use lessons and evidence from anytime during their experience in the Resident Educator Program. Candidates retaking the RESA are not permitted to resubmit evidence attachments that they used in prior RESA submissions.

Can I feature copyrighted instructional material (i.e., sheet music, photocopies of books, art pieces) in my video evidence when submitting the Lesson Reflection?

Yes, if a candidate has legal copies of copyrighted material to use in his or her class, then including it in a RESA submission does not violate copyright laws because it is considered “fair use.” The fair use doctrine allows for duplication of these materials for the purposes of non-profit educational use, such as the RESA.

How do I upload evidence to the RESA submission system?

Detailed information on uploading video and PDF evidence can be found in Lesson Reflection Technical Reference Guide section in the RESA Guidebook.  There are also detailed instructions with the submission system, in addition to screencasts on particular upload functions featured on the Resources Page.

How do I know if my evidence is within submission guidelines and will be scored?

Review the Lesson Reflection in the RESA Guidebook thoroughly and make sure that you follow directions. Particularly review the “Check your Work before you Submit” section of the instructions.

Can I use my students’ names when videotaping a lesson?

Candidates should not refer to students by their full names or use pseudonyms that resemble full names while videotaping a lesson, instead referring to students only by their first names. Candidates should also avoid writing students’ full names where they will be visible in the video.

Can I save my work before submitting the Lesson Reflection?

Yes. Candidates may begin work on the Lesson Reflection forms once they complete the initial registration, receive a username and password, and complete and submit their candidate Profile. Candidates are able to save any work in progress prior to uploading their final forms of a task.

Will my Lesson Reflection be scored lower because of grammar and/or punctuation errors?

Candidates will not specifically be graded on grammar and punctuation in their RESA submissions; however, assessors may have difficulty understanding submissions with poor grammar and punctuation. Candidates should treat the RESA as they would any professional communication by proofreading and submitting their best work.

What are some tips for navigating Commentary and Reflection Form answers?

Each response should be complete and concise. Each answer (that is, each box) must not exceed 250 words. If you choose, your response may be in a bulleted list, in whole or in part. Be brief and specific. You are encouraged to spell check your answers before you upload your final form for submission.

I want to unlock one the Lesson Reflection because I think I made a mistake. Is this an option?

No. The Lesson Reflection cannot be unlocked or recalled once it has been submitted. Please make sure you check your work thoroughly before you press the submit button.

Who are the RESA assessors and what is their training process?

RESA assessors are all licensed teachers from the state of Ohio with at least ten years of teaching experience. Assessors undergo up to 10 hours of online, during which they learn how to consistently assess the evidence Resident Educators provide about their practice, using the domains and criteria for the assessment. Assessors also review rationales for feedback for different kinds and levels of evidence for each aspect of the seven domains of the Lesson Reflection.

How does Educopia ensure the accuracy and fairness in the scoring of RESA submissions?

To begin scoring RESA submissions, assessors must pass a certification test in which they score a set of sample submissions. Assessors must meet a minimum accuracy standard to pass certification. Assessor applicants who fail certification are deemed ineligible for scoring and do not have contact with candidate submissions. To control for bias, assessors are prohibited from scoring submissions of candidates they know, and they are asked to defer scoring submissions of candidates whom they recognize. Throughout the scoring process, Educopia’s Ohio RESA team monitors assessors for accuracy.

When will I get the results from my RESA?

The 2017–2018 RESA score reports will be released and available for download from Candidate RESA accounts on May 15, 2018.

Can I apply for my professional educator license if I pass the Lesson Reflection?

Upon successful completion of the Resident Educator Program and the RESA, you may apply for the five-year professional educator license.

What happens if I do not receive a passing score on the Lesson Reflection?

You will be eligible to retake the RESA in the 2018–2019 school year if you have not exhausted all possible attempts to take the RESA.

Can I have my scores re-evaluated?

It is Ohio Department of Education policy that the scores in your 2017-2018 Score Report be considered final given the rigor of the RESA scoring process. Assessors undergo extensive training and are required to pass a challenging certification test in order to qualify to score RESA submissions.  Once assessors are in scoring, Educopia consistently tests them for accuracy and quality. We can assure you that your submission was scored accurately and fairly by a certified assessor who holds a teaching license and ten years of teaching experience.

No requests for re-evaluation will be considered.  You will be given another opportunity to retake the assessment next year if you have not exhausted all possible attempts to take the RESA.

Who must retake the RESA in 2017-2018 and what is the process?

Candidates who participated in the 2016–2017 RESA will be required to retake the RESA if they:
 - Did not pass one or more Lesson Cycle tasks the 2016–2017 school year;
 - Have not exhausted all attempts to take the RESA.

Will training be provided for Program Coordinators/Facilitators?

Program Coordinators can benefit from watching the webinar version of the annual PC Network meeting this year.  Program Coordinators can find resources available in support of serving Resident Educators here.

Can I give my Program Coordinator or Facilitator access to my account for technical support?

No. The teaching evidence and analysis submitted as part of this Lesson Reflection must be your work and yours alone. Please contact resa@educopia.com if you need technical support.

Can I use the 2016-2017 rubrics as a guide when answering the new Lesson Reflection form questions?

No. You should be using the Lesson Reflection Criteria and Domains, outlined in the 2017-2018 Guidebook, as your guide when you answer the Lesson Reflection questions and select your video evidence.

I'm an intervention specialist and teach in a one-on-one setting. Is there a minimum number of students needed for the Lesson Reflection video recording?

You must have at least one student in your class to record your lesson for your RESA submission.

Can I submit evidence collected from any year in the RE Program?

Yes. RE's may use lessons that they recorded anytime during their experience in the RE Program.

Is there a minimum or maximum time for my video submission?

Resident Educators must select a video segment of up to 20 minutes in length. There is no minimum amount of time for your video submission. If you are considering submitting a video that is significantly shorter than 20 minutes, please keep in mind that your assessor can only see the segment that you've selected and must depend on the evidence you have provided. 

Are individuals teaching career-technical courses under alternative resident educator workforce development licenses exempt from the local Resident Educator Program requirements and the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA)?

Yes. These teachers are exempt from participating in the local Resident Educator Program and the RESA. The district’s Resident Educator Program coordinator will no longer annually register these teachers in CORE.

Are individuals teaching career-technical courses under an alternative resident educator workforce development license still permitted to attempt the RESA after March 16, 2017?

Yes. Those individuals who were registered for the RESA for the 2016-2017 school year and were unsuccessful may continue to attempt the RESA in subsequent years, subject to current requirements in Ohio Administrative Code section 3301-24-04. If these individuals choose not to continue the RESA, they will need to complete a performance-based assessment that an institution of higher education will verify.

Can my Program Coordinator or a Facilitator edit my work or give me feedback on my submission??

No. The teaching evidence and analysis submitted as part of this Lesson Reflection must be your work and yours alone. Please refer to the Guidelines for Supporting RESA Candidates.

How are submissions disqualified?

Assessors and RESA scoring administrators do not make these determinations lightly. If an assessor believes that the submission is incomplete or cannot be scored as submitted, he or she defers scoring that submission. Following the deferral, scoring administrators thoroughly check each submission before confirming that it cannot be scored

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