The Educator Disposition Assessment

Developed by the Educational Dispositional Assessment Consultants, LLC, the EDA is a valid and reliable measure of teacher candidate dispositions used to track and monitor candidate dispositional behaviors as they progress through teacher preparation programs.  Taking over 700 hours to complete, the EDA consists of dispositions and related indicators identified through research and explicitly aligned with CAEP Standards, InTASC Standards, and professional dispositional elements found in prominent teacher evaluation instruments.

Who is the EDA, LLC?

The Educational Dispositional Assessment Consultants, LLC is composed of three research professors from The University of Tampa.

Dr. Gina M. Almerico

Serves as Director of Educator Preparation Programs, for which she develops program assessment processes. She also serves as a team leader for state and nationwide program review/approval processes.

Dr. Pattie Johnston

Dr. Pattie Johnston coordinates the graduate Curriculum and Instruction program at The University of Tampa. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in Measurement and Research.

Dr. Adrianne Wilson

Dr. Adrianne Wilson coordinates the Master's in Educational Leadership program and has conducted over 500 classroom observations, giving her extensive experience in mentoring and coaching teachers.

Why the EDA?

CAEP Standards require teacher preparation programs to address and assess candidate dispositions. In addition, motivation for assessing disposition is particularly helpful for teacher candidates to expedite the course of change needed to address problems associated with inappropriate attitudes and actions before and during clinical experiences. Commonly used teacher evaluation instruments contain elements of dispositions, and feedback from such evaluation tools is so critical to growth. These dispositions are aligned to the InTASC standards and other prominent teacher evaluation instruments to provide programs with the evidence needed to meet CAEP and state-level accreditation requirements. It is recommended that institutions align their respective state standards with the InTASC standards identified in the instrument.

As an added benefit, when you use the EDA with our assessment platform, we can help you simplify the rubric distribution, score collection, and reporting processes – while archiving data for quick reference at any time and increasing data transparency in your program.

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How was the EDA developed?

The EDA was designed with careful consideration of the psychometric properties associated with informal assessment so that any inferences made about a teacher’s disposition are more likely to be true. The intent of the EDA construction was to extend typical psychometric expectations associated with informal assessments. The effort was grounded in an attempt to clear any confusion about the expectations so that growth in dispositions may be enhanced during coursework and subsequent clinical experience. Construct validity was measured through a series of steps aimed at procuring a collective understanding of dispositional meaning, while inter-rater reliability was estimated with the calculation of generally high Pearson Product Moment correlational coefficients.

The EDA, LLC structured the assessment across a 0 to 2 Likert scale, to meet and exceed the CAEP Evaluation Framework expectations. Standards addressed by the EDA include:

  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement

The EDA successfully addresses each component of the CAEP Evaluation Framework to include:

  • Suggestions for administration and explanation of purpose
  • Indicators that require evaluators to judge consequential attributes of candidate proficiencies and standards
  • Well-defined scoring criteria
  • Estimates of reliability to include reported reliability coefficients
  • Evidence of construct validity with composite scores that move toward  predictive validity

What’s Included?

Our EDA package includes:
-The assessment rubric
-A detailed technical manual
-An informational webinar
-Training calibration exercises

If you are interested, we encourage you to contact us to set up a call to discuss your needs.


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