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U Virginia Ed School Adds Assessment, E-Portfolio Software

New teachers being trained at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will be evaluated this year with new learning assessment software. The education school chose the Chalk & Wire program for collecting and analyzing student learning data, including video assessments.

The Chalk & Wire platform includes functionality for a number of activities: assessment and feedback, e-portfolios, accreditation management, surveys and forms and reporting. The company particularly has reached out to teacher education programs.

At Curry, the software will be used to let faculty members give recorded audio and text feedback to students based on video clips of their instruction to help them improve their teaching skills. Students will maintain e-portfolios to help them show their abilities to prospective employers.

"We are committed to data-driven decision making and Chalk & Wire's philosophy and commitment to higher education assessment struck a chord with us," said Administrative Manager Linda Boone. Boone manages accreditation processes for Curry's teacher education program and supports the administration of field experiences for the school's community. "From surveys to e-portfolios to research and reporting, Chalk & Wire offers all of the assessment tools we need to more efficiently analyze student learning."

The software has been used by the University of Charleston, Queens College and Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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