Assessing Teacher Practice

The Ohio RESA is scored by licensed Ohio educators who have at least 10 years of teaching experience. These educators must complete extensive training and pass a rigorous certification test. Potential assessors will begin the online training and certification process in January so that they can begin reviewing Lesson Reflection submissions shortly after the submission deadline. Assessors are trained to review and provide feedback according to the RESA domains and criteria. To promote objectivity, anonymity is maintained during this process.

What Teachers Are Expected to Do

Lesson Reflection
Work to Submit:
  • Teaching and Learning Context Form
  • Video Recording of the Lesson
  • Video Commentary and Reflection Form

The 2017-2018 Ohio RESA asks Resident Educators to complete the Lesson Reflection. This task requires the Resident Educator to select an individual lesson, provide context for that lesson, record a video of their teaching, and to respond to a short series of questions about that lesson. These Commentary and Reflection questions ask Resident Educators to reflect on their lesson planning, instruction, and the outcomes achieved.

Qualifications to Be an Assessor

Scoring the Ohio RESA is an opportunity for administrators, teacher leaders, and university faculty to understand how Resident Educators are developing their craft and to assess their instructional practices based on the Lesson Reflection domains, which were developed from the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession. Applicants for 2017–2018 must have a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience in a pre-K–12 setting and a record of scoring the RESA with high levels of accuracy and efficiency. To become an assessor for the 2017–2018 school year, you will need to meet RESA recruiting needs, participate in online training, and pass the certification test.

  • Minimum of 10 years teaching experience
  • Rich understanding of research-based strategies including lesson design, instruction, and assessment
  • Past record of scoring the RESA with high levels of accuracy and efficiency
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 20 hours per week to online assessment work during the RESA scoring window
  • Comfort in using technology

Preparing Assessors to Observe Teacher Practice

In 2017–2018, RESA Assessor Training and Certification will be conducted through online training modules that provide extensive review of exemplars and rationales across the range of performance on each Lesson Reflection domain. All participating assessors will be selected, trained, and certified by mid-January. 

Scoring Timeline

Once assessors are trained and qualify to score the Ohio RESA, they will be expected to work between January 20, 2018 and May 1, 2018 to score all Lesson Reflections.  All RESA Scoring must be complete by April 15, 2018. 

  • December 15, 2017
    Assessors Selected
  • February 01, 2018
    Certification and Begin Scoring
  • April 15, 2018
    Scoring Window Closes
  • May 15, 2018
    RESA Score Reports Released

Apply to Become a RESA Assessor

Complete Online Training and Successfully Complete Certification by the End of January. As part of the online training, you will review exemplars and rationales across the range of performance on each Lesson Reflection domain. You will also be trained to recognize and minimize bias. After you have reviewed all training modules and completed practice exercises, you will proceed with certification in which you will be given the opportunity to score sample submissions that have been pre-scored by expert educators. If you score these certification submissions accurately, you will be qualified as a potential assessor.

Commit to Scoring Submissions Online. The scoring window opens shortly after the submission deadline for RESA candidates and extends through the beginning of April. After they have been trained and certified, assessors are invited to log in to the RESA Submission System to score candidate submissions. Assessors can work on their own schedules but are expected to commit at least 20 hours per week of the scoring window to scoring submissions online. Assessors will be paid by the number of submissions that they score and are given opportunities to receive performance bonuses throughout the scoring window. Educopia carefully monitors the accuracy and productivity of all assessors. Assessors who are inaccurate or inefficient in their scoring will be removed from the process.