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Tool Name
Formative Assessment System (FAS)

Evaluation Type
Observations of Teachers and Principals
Instructional Artifacts
Combination Models

All Subjects

All Grades

Use of Evaluation

Professional Status

This product was developed by the New Teacher Center (NTC).

Product Description
Used as a complex measure that goes beyond observation, FAS examines content, student diversity and inclusion, differentiation of instruction, student engagement, and self-directed learning. FAS guides beginning teachers as they develop teaching practices, habits, and skills that ensure the cultivation of highly qualified and effective teachers. FAS is a series of collaborative processes characterized by a consistent focus on student learning. Mentors work with individual new teachers to collect and analyze multiple data sources as they reflect upon and assess the teacher’s classroom practice. A variety of tools are used to structure the mentor-beginning teacher interactions and support each beginning teacher’s development in relation to professional teaching standards. The focus, process, and pacing of each FAS tool is determined collaboratively by the mentor and beginning teacher in light of the teacher’s individual needs.

General Target Population Information
Developed initially for new teachers in the induction phase of their careers, higher rubric levels have also been shown to fit experienced teachers.

Stage of Development
New Teachers at All Grade Levels and All Content Areas

This measure has been used in 46 induction programs in California and also has been used in New York City and Chicago induction programs.

Research and Resources
The Alaska Statewide Mentor Project, which uses FAS, has shown increases in retention rates for participating new teachers, and preliminary results show students of participating new teachers achieve gain scores.

Materials are available to districts or schools that contract with NTC for its Mentor Academy.
  • $120 for Mentor Padfolio
  • $80 for New Teacher Padfolio
  • $15 for Mentor or New Teacher Guidebook
  • $15 Overview Video
  • $20 for Collaborative Assessment Logs
  • $20 for Analysis of Student Work Forms

Contact Information
New Teacher Center
725 Front Street, Suite 400
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: 831-459-1750 (Press 1.)
Fax: 831-459-3822 

Support Available
Materials are available to districts or schools that contract with the NTC for their Mentor Academy.