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    Certified NETS•T Evaluator Training

    The Evaluator Training is the most critical course for the overall success of the JMU NETS•T program.

    In order for the program to be viewed as credible, the evaluation of teacher evidence must be fair and consistent across all Evaluators. This course walks Evaluators-in-training through a series of case-based (portfolio-based) exercises in which they confirm operational definitions, consider critical attributes associated with each rubric, and rate submissions according to the respective rubrics. The Evaluators compare responses and then revisit any variance found in their responses. The training is modeled after the criterial attribute approach to concept learning based on the work of Ingram (1992; details on request). A description of the home page of the class is shown below.

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    Welcome to the JMU NETS•T Evaluator Training Course. During the course, you will be working closely with your colleagues to help one another master the JMU NETS•T Certification Program and become qualified to serve as a Certifed NETS•T Evaluator in your own school or division.

    The class will be conducted completely online via two forums. You will use the first forum to examine rubrics and document your opinions regarding sample teacher submissions. For this forum, you may participate according to whatever time schedule suits you best. The second forum will be a live (and lively) weekly online session in which you explain and share your rationale for rating teacher submissions as you did.

    The purpose of these sessions is to assist one another in coming to consensus as to what ratings should be applied to a given set of artifacts and the rationale for those ratings. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve the highest inter-rater reliability possible so that judgments regarding teacher submissions may be considered accurate and fair regardless of who serves as the Evaluator.

    These online sessions will be conducted via web conferencing. We will provide the software you need but you will need access to a computer and a good internet connection to participate fully in the live online sessions.

    The overall process we will use in the class is the following:

    For each rubric, you will first examine the specifics, and then submit comments or questions about the rubric. Is the rubric clear? Do you have any questions about it? Can it be improved, and if so, how? The purpose of this part of the class is to help you come to agreement about what the rubrics mean exactly. These rubrics form the operational definition of what teachers need to submit for their NETS•T portfolio.

    Once you have studied and commented about the rubrics for the week, you will then consider and submit your rating (Approaching, Meets, Exceeds) for sample submissions for those rubrics. As before, your decisions will be posted online allowing you and your classmates to share your work.

    Once you have commented on the rubrics and submitted your evaluation for the sample submissions, you and your colleagues will focus the live online discussion on the results. Do you and your colleagues agree on the ratings? If so, why? If not, why not? This give-and-take is a very good way to come to agreement on the evaluation process.

    Finally, to qualify to evaluate submissions for particular rubrics, you will need to pass a Rubric Exam for those rubrics. These Rubric Exams will be explained in class.

    The course has one central goal - to help you and your colleagues arrive at a CLEAR NARROW CONSENSUS regarding sample submissions and the reasons for the ratings provided.


    "[JMU] NETS•T certification has been the most valuable professional development experience of my career.”

    Kelly Lineweaver, Manager Shenandoah Valley Technology Consortium

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