At the conclusion of each semester, the School of Education faculty will convene to analyze the progress of candidates as individuals and in the aggregate. Candidates are evaluated by Cohorts moving across the five semester sequence of Early Childhood courses. Anderson University School of Education utilizes the tk20 data management system to collect, organize, and report data. In collaboration with the unit’s Data Manager, the Early Childhood Program Faculty Coordinator prepares the candidate reports prior to the meeting for faculty review.

Components of the Semester Benchmark Meetings are as follows:

  • Content Knowledge (including GPA, field placement rubric feedback, course grades, etc)
  • Professional Pedagogical Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions (including adherence to professional policies and vetting, unit Disposition Rubric, etc)
  • Student Learning (including Key Assessment Data, applicable field placement rubric feedback, etc)


At the conclusion of each candidate’s review, the faculty determines the candidate’s standing in the program. Candidates are notified in writing of faculty benchmark evaluations within two weeks of the benchmark meeting.
  • Excellent Standing”: candidates determined to significantly exceed expectations across all three areas and are invited to continue their progress within in the program.
  • Good Standing”: candidates determined to meet the minimum criteria across all three areas.
  • Good Standing with Minor Concern”: candidates determined to meet a majority of minimum criteria across all three areas but have one or two minor areas of concern. The areas of concern(s) are not significant enough to require intervention but serve as a warning and area for improvement.
  • Caution Standing with Significant Concern”: candidates determined to have at least one significant area where intervention is required and or progress in the program is halted until evidence of improvement. Candidate is assigned to a faculty member who supervises an individualized Performance Improvement Plan.
  • Not Good Standing”: repeating “Caution Standing with Significant Concern” candidates who have failed to make improvement or candidates whose actions have been unethical or seriously detrimental to young children and their families. These candidates are in jeopardy of removal from the program and may be required to go before applicable unit or university boards for rulings for a candidate’s dismissal.


Tk20 is a comprehensive system that provides a rich set of assessment data management tools to help track and enhance our student’s growth, as well as make our assessment and accountability tasks more efficient and effective.  A one time subscription fee of $103 is automatically billed to the student's account upon registration for the EDUC 2110: Educational Psychology course. Education students will have access to Tk20 for ten years to build their professional portfolio and support career advancement.

The system enables students to participate and manage their academic activities throughout their college experience. This system allows students to:

  • Create and submit key assignments online.
  • Facilitate collaborative evaluations online between instructors, field mentors and students.
  • Create electronic portfolios documenting course work.
  • Keep records of field experience work including student teaching and all clinical practices (field assignments, field experience, student teaching, clinical practice and internships).
  • Submit forms online, including applications for student teaching and other field experiences for teacher certification.


Number of Assessment  Name of Assessment  Type or Form of Assessment  When the Assessment is Administered
 Assessment 1
 Assessment 2 Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) Administered Assessment
EDUC 3410: Teaching, Learning, & Assessment in Early Childhood I: Infant/Toddler
 Assessment 3 Learning Center Unit Lesson Planning Unit
EDUC 3420: Teaching, Learning, & Assessment in Early Childhood II: Preschool
 Assessment 4 Student Teaching Rubric Field Experience Evaluation
Midpoint & Completion of Student Teaching
 Assessment 5 Unit Analysis & Reflection Analysis and Reflection
EDUC 3420: Teaching, Learning & Assessment in Early Childhood II: Preschool
 Assessment 6 Childcare Center Project Project EDUC 2430: Foundations of Early Childhood
 Assessment 7 Internship Report Project EDUC 3800: Internship in Early Childhood
 Assessment 8 Issues Research Research EDUC 2440: Issues in Early Childhood

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